Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Having done the longest day in literature with his monumental Ulysses (1922), James Joyce set himself an even greater challenge for his next book — the night. "A nocturnal state.... That is what I want to convey: what goes on in a dream, during a dream." The work, which would exhaust two decades of his life and the odd resources of some sixty languages, culminated with the 1939 publication of Joyce's final and most revolutionary work, Finnegans Wake. A story with no real beginning or end (it ends in the middle of a sentence and begins in the middle of the same sentence), this "book of Doublends Jined" is as remarkable for its prose as for its circular structure. Written in a fantastic dream-language, forged from polyglot puns and portmanteau words, the Wake features some of Joyce's most hilarious characters: the Irish barkeep Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, Shem the Penman, Shaun the Postman, and Anna Livia Plurabelle. Sixty years after its publication, it remains in Anthony Burgess's words, "a great comic vision, one of the few books of the world that can make us laugh aloud on nearly every page."

The 321st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 6th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  2. - 10th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  3. - 31st on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  4. - 40th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  5. - 44th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  6. - 77th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  7. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Penguin Classics The Restored Finnegans Wake Hardcover 2032306 $1,035.15 $350.00 2012
Finnegans Wake: A Symposium Paperback 1667794 $12.25 $6.48 1972
The Shorter Finnegans Wake Hardcover 881367 $103.76 $10.00 1967
Finnegans Wake (Folio) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 6571392 $20.65 $15.54 1997
James Joyce Reads Selections from Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, with Cyril Cusak Reading Joyce Audio Cassette 2777095 $8.00 $7.00 1992
A Shorter Finnegans Wake Paperback 694219 $30.00 $4.77 1968
Finnegans Wake Paperback 590760 $450.99 2013
Finnegans Wake (Modern Classics) by James Joyce (2009-05-01) Audio CD 1297120 $39.06
Finnegans Wake Paperback 220733 $13.24 2018
Finnegans Wake (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Paperback 45442 $13.04 $4.96 1999
Finnegans Wake Mass Market Paperback 974046 $66.50 $4.56 1959
Finnegans Wake (Modern Classics) Audio CD 988584 $14.15 $21.51 2009
Finnegans Wake Hardcover 1712750 $119.98 $24.99 1939
A Shorter Finnegans Wake Paperback 10990815 $8.50
A Shorter Finnegans Wake Hardcover 7097594 $6.98
A Shorter Finnegans Wake Hardcover 6868341 $7.99
Finnegans Wake Kindle Edition 70164 $2.99 2014
Finnegans Wake Kindle Edition 59797 2014
Finnegans wake Paperback 9025292 $43.84
Finnegans Wake & Exiles (Timeless Wisdom Collection Book 1267) Kindle Edition 40336 $0.99 2014
Finnegans Wake. Testo inglese a fronte vol. 2 - III-IV Perfect Paperback 1846299 $18.18 $28.98 2011
Finnegans Wake Paperback 423025 $11.38 2015
Finnegan's Wake Hardcover 2187965 $53.97
Finnegans Wake. James Joyce (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 359768 $13.14 $12.75 2012
A Reading of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (Cassettes and Book) Audio Cassette 1509091 $73.67 1995
Finnegans Wake (Modern Classics) Audio CD 1465227 $18.91 $11.99 1998
Finnegans Wake. Gesammelte Annäherungen. Paperback 1080616 $11.79 $6.99 2001
Anna Livia Plurabelle / Finnegan's Wake (Letras Universales) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 2543580 $697.08 2004
Finnegans Wake & Exiles (Timeless Wisdom Collection) Paperback 478382 $15.99 2016
Finnegans Wake (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback 153723 $2.34 $2.17 2012