Friday, October 29, 2021

Finishing "Finnegans Wake"

Yesterday, I finished James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake". I began it in October 2017 when Ulrich Blumenbach, Michelle Witen, and I started the Finnegans Wake Reading Group in Basel, which met regularly until it was interrupted by the pandemic (it will soon start again). Sometime in 2018 I began reading a digital copy on my phone (about one paragraph a day); soon I was past where we were in the group. By myself, I have read it almost exclusively for its captivating sound (and the occasional good bit to quote on social media). The book famously ends by returning to its beginning – so yesterday, I started "Finnegans Wake" for a second time. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 29 October 2021)

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