A Shorter Finnegan's Wake Author:Anthony Burgess (Editor), James Joyce Finnegan's Wake, Joyce's great comic novel about a Dublin innkeeper, H. C. Earwicker (HCE, or "Here Comes Everybody"), who dreams in one night the whole history of man in its perpetual cycle of rising and falling and rising again, is one of the most admired books of the twentieth century. It is also one of the most for... more »midable and idiosyncratic. Scholars have devoted many volumes to its exegesis, but few ordinary readers have finished it, and, of those who have read to the end, few have understood what they read.
Anthony Burgess has reduced the text of the novel to a little over a third of its original length, retaining essential passages and linking them with commentary on Earwicker's vast dream, and adding a long and enlightening introduction. This shortened version makes Finnegan's Wake, first published in 1939, accessible to a larger audience than it has yet been able to command in its twenty-eight years of existence.« less