Benstock, Bernard / Joyce-again's wake : an analysis of Finnegans wake
Chapter one: what we still don't know about Finnegans Wake, pp. 3-41
What We Still Don't Know About Finnegans Wake 41 soon to predict that Finnegans Wake will never be fully read by any reader (no matter how ideal he may otherwise be). Fragments will be chipped away, brought into the glare of the sun, polished to a high gloss and admired. Conversely, generalities and broad statements will be made about the Wake, and in many cases fairly well documented. But the replacement of piece after piece into a reconstructed mosaic fully indicating the lines of the book's ideas and material will probably never take place. What Joyce said of Ezra Pound and his interpretation of Ulysses will be said of many critics for years to come: there will be "brilliant discoveries and howling blunders."34 But it is naïve to expect, in the foreseeable future, that the mountain will come to Mohammed. Joyce, who apparently delighted in creating his own facsimile of previous "bibles," may have provided for many centuries of new "Talmudic" scholarship. The number of words already printed explaining the Wake far exceeds the number of words in the Wake itself. The role of the contemporary commentator of Finnegans Wake is not to pontificate on "what it is all about exactly," but humbly to attempt to show, while pausing along the route of his reading, "what's this here, Guvnor?"
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