Yes, well, enough said I believe!!! If anyone out there has read or studied or made sense of Finnegan's Wake my hat is off to you! Special kudos for Liz for typing all that!
iz wrote: Here is a sampling of in-between for those who have not read any of Finnegan's Wake:
"The fall (bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoor-denenthurnuk!) of a once wallstrait oldparr is retaled early in bed and later on life down through all Christian minstrelsy. The great fall of the offwallentailed at such short notice the pftjschute of Finnegan, erse solid man, that the humptyhillhead of humself promptly sends and unquiring one well to the west in quest of his tumptytumtoes: and their upturnpikepointandplace is at the knock out in the park where oranges have been laid to rust upon the green since devlinsfirst loved livvy.
I tried to do some research on it, because it is a motif in the book, and I couldn't understand why. It was really bugging me. I mean, why keep on referring to it in so many different contexts so often? I thought it must be significant.
I was wasting my time. I mean, it is designed to be obscure, if not impenetrable. I found out one or intriguing bits and bobs, though. For instance, Joyce described himself thus: " I am only an Irish clown, a great joker at the universe". That rang a few bells, obviously. As did the revelation in one interpretation that middle-aged male interest in a young girl is an element. But these details didn't really hit the spot, for me. If you can't understand what you are reading and need it all explaining to you, what is the point?
In the end, I think the reason he refers to it so often is because it is so obscure. "Ultimate mysteries remain ultimately mysterious" and all that. I think that may be why Switters starts reading it instead of the Bible. But that is just a guess. I'm not spending any more time on it, anyway. I'm no fan, either.
"Luck... inspiration... both only really happen to you when you empty your heart of ambition, purpose, and plan; when you give yourself, completely, to the golden, fate-filled moment."