The Finnegans Wake Reading Group of Austin is a monthly get-together to dive into the depths of James Joyce's greatest, weirdest, and most notorious masterpiece.
We meet twice a month (usually Tuesdays and Thursdays) at the Twin Oaks Library on the corner of Mary and 5th St in South Austin.
The process is to take turns reading aloud from the text which allows its musicality to flow forth, then we all discuss our interpretations and the many meanings contained within the selection we've read.
We read about 2 or 3 pages per meeting, depending on how many people are there and how much time we spend discussing the content.
This event is FREE and open to the public, NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of Joyce or Finnegans Wake is required, just have an open mind and be prepared to read aloud in front of strangers.
James Joyce (1882-1941) was unquestionably the greatest writer of the 20th century. His novel Ulysses (published in 1922) is generally considered among the greatest books ever written. Yet Joyce himself came to describe Ulysses as simply a prelude to his greatest masterpiece, Finnegans Wake. He labored on the Wake for 17 years before it was published in 1939. With its polylingual puns expressed in the multi-leveled language of dreams, the notorious difficulty of Joyceʼs 628-page "history of the world" has left it largely unread by the general public. Over the years itʼs been absorbed and revered as a unique and infinitely rewarding epic work of genius by such figures as Joseph Campbell, Marshall McLuhan, John Cage, Robert Anton Wilson, Thornton Wilder, Anthony Burgess, Terence McKenna and others. The best way to experience the book is by reading it aloud with multiple people. After all, the main character is known as Here Comes Everybody. So come join us as we approach Joyceʼs Book of the Dark.