The Joycean Society

The Joycean Society

James Joyce’s FINNEGAN'S WAKE has long been considered one of the most difficult texts in the English Language. This utterly absorbing and fascinating documentary, directed by Dora Garcia (SEGUNDA VEZ), follows a small but dedicated group of Joyce devotees who have been reading the book together for the last thirty years. The group reads the book again and again, each course from first to last page taking eleven years. Once they arrive to the last word, a very enigmatic “the,” they start all over again, following with the first word, “riverrun.” The text seems inexhaustible, its interpretation endless, the inconclusive nature of the reading exciting. By following the group’s discussion of the text, showing heavily annotated and timeworn copies of the book, the film doesn’t just highlight the significance of FINNEGAN'S WAKE but also the all-consuming power of art.

The Joycean Society

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