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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Finnegan's Wake - A Lousy Plot

Now while Dead Beat defends Ulysses as being quite conventional Jimmy and Jackie - A Quiet Natter, let it be known he did not say the same thing for Finnegan’s Wake.

To paraphrase Joyce Carol Oates - Finnegan’s Wake may be a masterpiece of writing, but it has a lousy plot. Or as Joyce himself put it, “"I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality."

Dead Beat admission: he has not even attempted to read it yet - (Joyce suggested it would be better sung, but he had a grand baritone voice) - despite this Dead Beat suspects that even in Finnegan’s Wake there is great order if we could only figure it out.

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