Monday, 15 July 2019

Monday, 8 July 2019, Pages 561 - 563

The reading stopped at "... backs of bannars." (563.13)

We are in the fourth chapter of the third book. It starts in a confused/confusing way, asking 'What was haas? Fog was haas? Too must sleepth. Let sleepth.' In other words, we are asked 'What was that? Was there fog?' and continues to state that somebody is sleeping too much before concluding, benevolently, let that person sleep!

A few things become 'clearer' as we proceed with the chapter. We find that we are in the house of Earwicker and Anna Livia Plurabelle. Here the couple is referred to as the Porters (because Earwicker sells port?). They are in their bed. There are at least two other bedrooms in the house. In one of them the daughter Issy (Buttercup) is sleeping. The twins - Shaun and Shem (here Frank Kevin and Jerry) are sleeping in the other. Frank Kevin is sleeping on the left side (heartsleeveside) and the other on the right side (codliverside). Frank Kevin is sleeping like the blissed angel he looks so like but the other one is crying in his sleep. His cries brings the parents to his bed side. The father is angry but the mother is full of care and concern. 

By the way the four evangelists/four old men are still around. Only they have become the four posts of the bed. According to Joseph Campbell.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Monday, 17 June 2019, Pages 560 - 561

The reading stopped at “... dare not utter.” (561.30)

Please note that Fritz Senn is traveling next two weeks. We meet again to read Finnegans Wake on Monday, 8 July 2019.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Monday, 3 June 2019, Pages 556 - 560

The reading stopped at "Blackout." (560.2)

Please note that there will be no reading on Monday, 10 June 2019, the day being a public holiday.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Monday, 20 May 2019, Pages 553 - 554

We completed chapter 3 of book 3, with "Mattahah! Marahah! Luahah! Joahanahanahana!" (554.10)
(We have one more chapter in book 3 and just one chapter in book 4. So 74 more pages to go till we say 'good bye' to Finnegan.)

Summary of book 3 from Wikipedia:
Part III concerns itself almost exclusively with Shaun, in his role as postman, having to deliver ALP's letter, which was referred to in Part I but never seen.[73][74]
III.1 opens with the Four Masters' ass narrating how he thought, as he was "dropping asleep",[75] he had heard and seen an apparition of Shaun the Post.[76] As a result, Shaun re-awakens and, floating down the Liffey in a barrel, is posed fourteen questions concerning the significance and content of the letter he is carrying. Shaun, "apprehensive about being slighted, is on his guard, and the placating narrators never get a straight answer out of him."[77] Shaun's answers focus on his own boastful personality and his admonishment of the letter's author – his artist brother Shem. The answer to the eighth question contains the story of the Ondt and the Gracehoper, another framing of the Shaun-Shem relationship.[78] After the inquisition Shaun loses his balance and the barrel in which he has been floating careens over and he rolls backwards out of the narrator's earshot, before disappearing completely from view.[79]
In III.2 Shaun re-appears as "Jaunty Jaun" and delivers a lengthy and sexually suggestive sermon to his sister Issy, and her twenty-eight schoolmates from St. Brigid's School. Throughout this book Shaun is continually regressing, changing from an old man to an overgrown baby lying on his back, and eventually, in III.3, into a vessel through which the voice of HCE speaks again by means of a spiritual medium. This leads to HCE's defence of his life in the passage "Haveth Childers Everywhere". Part III ends in the bedroom of Mr. and Mrs. Porter as they attempt to copulate while their children, Jerry, Kevin and Isobel Porter, are sleeping upstairs and the dawn is rising outside (III.4). Jerry awakes from a nightmare of a scary father figure, and Mrs. Porter interrupts the coitus to go comfort him with the words "You were dreamend, dear. The pawdrag? The fawthrig? Shoe! Hear are no phanthares in the room at all, avikkeen. No bad bold faathern, dear one."[80] She returns to bed, and the rooster crows at the conclusion of their coitus at the Part's culmination.

News of interest:
The Schauspielhaus in Z├╝rich is staging the play, 'Die Toten' based on the works of Joyce (Ulysses and Finnegans Wake) wrapped within the story, The Dead, from the Dubliners. It is a fantastic play! I simply loved it.

Murray Gell-Mann, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1969 passed away on 24, May. One of his discoveries were the elementary particles, the quarks. Gell-Mann gave the name quarks to these elementary particles after reading the sentence, 'Three quarks for muster Mark' in chapter 4 of book 2 (page 383) of Finnegans Wake. 

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Monday, 13 May 2019, Pages 551 - 553

Stopped at "... oooh, oyir, oyir, oyir:..." (553.4)

HCE is giving a long speech to the four inquirers/old men/evangelists. He has been speaking through Shaun whom we had met at the beginning of this chapter (page 474, chapter 3/book 3) lying like a giant on Howth.

HCE has been telling the four men about all that he has given to his wife/ALP/river Liffey. He has given her, for example, spices, ointments, currycomb; has built for her a country-city (Urbs in Rure) with a privy (an erdcloset). He has accomplished a lot - built universities (unniversiries) and has set up two ministers (sept up twinministers), protestant and catholic ones (the pro and the con), ...

HCE is hailed for all his troubles by the four men, who proclaim, 'Hoke!'

May all have mercy on us (May all have mossyhonours)!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Monday, 6 May 2019, Pages ... - 551

We stopped at "... Regalia Water." (551.24)

This is just to inform you all from where we shall continue on 13th May. Sorry for being unable to write a few more words on what we read so far!