HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  MemberlistMemberlist  UsergroupsUsergroups  RegisterRegister  Log in  

Share | 
 

 Finnegans Wake

Go down 
AuthorMessage
NoCoPilot

avatar

Posts : 12924
Join date : 2013-01-16
Age : 64
Location : Seattle

PostSubject: Finnegans Wake   Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:56 am

James Joyce's famous 1939 word-play novel has bedeviled me since I first learned of it as a child.  It is nearly incomprehensible, so thick is it with multi-lingual puns and allusions and nonsense.  It is widely regarded as the most difficult book in English literature.

So I was surprised to read recently that it's been translated into ten languages.

Eleven, if you include braille.

I've always heard the novel makes much more sense when read aloud.  I've had it in the back of my head for years, therefore, to find an audiobook of it.  Which it turns out, is not so easy.  Several people have attempted it or parts of it but it's a massive undertaking.

But this morning I found downloadable files for a 1992 unabridged reading by Patrick Horgan, a British actor who has recorded more than 1800 books for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Disabled.  He has a lovely James Joycean lilt.  And this is, apparently, about the only unabridged recording ever made (except for one by Healy so full of errors that it's "notable only for its badness").

It's 27 hours 27 minutes 53 seconds long.  My new CD player reads MP3 data discs, so I burned it as a 3-disc set.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
 
Finnegans Wake
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Premie Twins in need of milk WAKE Harnett Durham Johnston county Raleigh triangle area
» Switzerland........a Model of Democracy and involvement .
» Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to leave the Cabinet in the wake of the scandal over MPs' expenses
» Letter to Social Services re Kate's Book
» N.S. Tories push for veterans’ walk-in clinic to treat PTSD in wake of Desmond killings

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
 :: Topics :: Arts & Entertainment-
Jump to: