This book stands as the total bookend on the bookshelf which holds all books and is ordered by difficulty. It starts with "Where's spot?" and proceeds through till "Finnigans wake".
Finnigans wake sits as the total extent of literature. It is rewarding insofar that no matter how deep you dig into any line you will always be rewarded with new meanings. However, one could also say that you are never truly prepared for the wake.
It can never be seen as any part of cannon. Or even patrician.
The wake is a necessary entity. "how far can we go": the wake.
The wake is at the end.
The wake might be good or bad. No. Good and bad ended a couple thousand books down the shelf with "beyond good and evil".
The wake just is, and is waiting there for you whether or not you ever read it.
Whatever it is will only be once you read it.
Your wake is its own entity. It is the end of your possible literary universe.
Yes. It's actually pretty clear what it wants to be. A sort of extension of Ulysses into further extremes, but the same basic ideas. An epic of life, and so everyday life as much as mythologized life, and the death that lays beyond. Death and Life, Finnegan wakes during Finnegan's wake, but we are all Finnegan and so Finnegans Wake, many Finnegans, always, infinitely, wake into life into death.
For basis of plot, cf the traditional Irish song Finnegan's Wake If you're well read on Greek mythology and have a companion book (check your uni library) to figure out the real obscure stuff it makes sense to the degree that any modernist fiction makes sense. I can't give you any definite answers, probably nobody can, but there is substance there, and it's not nearly as hidden as people like to claim. But again, don't get me wrong, it's nutty, it's supposed to be, supposed to resemble a dream state, a higher consciousness, the collective consciousness even.
The Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake is a great book for assistance. (recommended to me by none other than Terrance McKenna)
>>7327462 >muh deep book im gonna read now that im a big boy and am reading lit-er-a-choor outside of high school >the language is really weird so it must have thematic, moral, and philosophical value you guise
>>7327565 Mad projecting, anon. Finnegans Wake very clearly has meaning, even if you (or I, for that matter) don't see it. It's beyond arrogant to believe that your opinion is more educated than most of academia's.
>>7327614 It doesn't matter what I think it means--what matters is what a whole lot of people a whole lot more educated than you or I think it means. I mean, it sounds fallacious, but, generally, academia has decent opinions. So until you provide multiple textual examples and thoroughly and logically explain why it is nothing more than "gibberish dream language trash," I'm going to assume that you are nothing more than an arrogant contrarian.
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