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  • A "Finnegans Wake" Lextionary

    By Bill Cole Cliett

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781463589455
    • Publisher: Createspace
    • Published: December 2011
    "Finnegans Wake" is most definitely a deliberately difficult book, complex, complicated, obscure. The reasons for this are diverse, but an important cause is Joyce's capacity for creating his brave new work from thousands of bold new words. They are creative collisions of existing words, concocted collaborations of multilingual words, and combinations of both that are the inception of a comprehensive, catholic language all its own, what is generally referred to as Wakese. A "Finnegans Wake" Lextionary introduces readers to over 800 of these offbeat, bizarre, weird, and way out words, words well outside our dictionaries, that exist in a literary "langscape" all their own. And since Joyce meant for his inventions to contain multiple meanings evocative with elusive allusions, the defintions given here are only the jump-off point for lots more fun with "Finnegans Wake."
  • Riverrun to Livvy

    By Bill Cole Cliett

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781460914144
    • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
    • Published: April 2011
    "Finnegans Wake" is the most deliberately obscure and difficult work in literature. Readers are over their heads and struggling for shore by the second sentence. The "Wake" is often described as unreadable, and that's not entirely unfair given the book's setting in the dark night of the subconscious and dreams where strange shapes shift and merge in a multitude of motifs and the fact that it's written in mixture of many of the world's languages now known as Wakese. "Finnegans Wake" refers to itself as a "nightmaze," something readers translate as nightmare. But what seems at first sight as meaningless, actually has more meanings than can be imagined, and what appears as unreadable requires only a radically new look at what words can be made to do. "Riverrun to Livvy" is a literary layman's attempt to enlighten Joyce's "book of the dark" for a wider audience, inviting those who want to be "well letterread" on a journey into the twilight zone of literature.The first page of "Finnegans Wake" has been compared to the first second of the Big Bang, containing as it does all the elemental materials that compose the complete creation. Through a close reading of the "Wake's" first page, "Riverrun to Livvy" prepares readers to tackle the remaining 627 pages with a greater degree of insight and understanding. It's been said that no one can be considered truly educated without having read at least one page of "Finnegans Wake." "Riverrun to LIvvy" dares readers not only to pick up the gauntlet by reading one page but to boldly go where few readers have gone before, all the way through literature's most terrifying text.

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