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.