Friday, May 2, 2014

Finnegans Wake - Work of Genius or Gigantic Waste of Time?



I used to think Finnegans Wake was a work of genius. (I even took a whole class on the book in college. I read the whole thing, believe it or not.)

Now I sort of think it's a wasted effort; if you spend 17 years writing a book that basically is impossible to understand, what's the point? Except to show how many obscure allusions you can throw in and generally what a smartypants you are? Does art have any worth if no one can appreciate it?

Anyway, the Chinese will apparently soon be able to decide for themselves.

3 comments:

speedskater42k said...

It's #3 on this list of books not to read.

http://adrianmckinty.blogspot.com/2014/01/20-great-big-books-you-dont-have-to-read.html

Steven J. Wangsness said...

Interesting - thanks for the link!

speedskater42k said...

I don't know if you've run into McKinty before but I enjoy his books. His main genre is Irish Crime fiction.

He's got a pretty active blog too. He will respond to comments on his blog pretty much every time.