Saturday 16 January 2021

Online reading group: 14th January 2021

This is a short note to inform that some of us who belong to the Monday reading group started in November (as it was uncertain due to the pandemic when we would be able to meet in person to continue our reading) to join the Thursday reading group to read Finnegans Wake online. 

We completed reading the book on Thursday, the 14th of January 2021.

The online readings continue with a new cycle starting at 7 p.m. on 21st January 2021. If you'd like to join, please email the Joyce Foundation at to obtain access to the Zoom meetings.

I have decided not to join the next round of reading and therefore shall stop posting on this blog for the time being. 

It was nice while it lasted, and it was very nice to get to know all of you who were part of the groups reading Finnegans Wake!



Friday 4 December 2020

3 November 2020, Online reading with the Thursday group

 The reading stopped at "... the sterres be." (624.9)

ALP has been asking her husband to get up as it is morning, saying that she wants to go for a walk with him to Howth. Now she offers an alternative. They could instead go to the coast and watch for the letter, that he has been waiting for, to be cast ashore in the bottle that is riding the waves, bob, boy, bottledby. She had written that letter which was about the man of her dreams (mains of me draims.) Once she met him, she had bottled the letter, screwed and corked it, dropping the bottle with the letter in the ocean at Boston, Mass (rather, Maston, Boss.) She is perhaps thinking of another letter too in which she had written about her hopes. She had buried that letter. In Book 1 (p. 110), we had read about the hen, Belinda of the Dorans, which had found the letter buried in a dump in the park.

Friday 27 November 2020

Thursday, 26 November 2020

 The online reading session stopped at "He's reading his ruffs." (623.20)

There was some discussion about the sentence, Aloof is anoof (623.19). Though the meaning of aloof was naturally clear to everyone, we got stuck with the word anoof. It could not even be identified at first as being a real word. A bit of research showed that anoof is indeed a word, a word in arabic. It means someone who is steady, who cares for others. In fact it is just the opposite of aloof.

What does ALP mean when she says this? Does she mean to tell him that though she is aloof, she, in fact, is anoof?Your guess is as good as mine! This is after all Finnegans Wake.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Thursday, 19 November 2020

 The online reading session stopped at ". . . to ball you out." (622.24)

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Thursday, 5 November 2020

NOTE: The Monday's reading group has not been coming together since the pandemic hit Switzerland. Since the last week of October 2020, some of us have been participating in the virtual reading sessions offered by the Foundation on Zoom. These Zoom sessions take place on Thursday evenings starting at 19.00h. Participation is by prior registration only. Contact the Foundation if interested. More information is available in the post dated Monday, 18 October 2020.

The reading on 5 November 2020 stopped at "But let them." (620.32)

To learn more about reading Finnegans Wake the article "Fritz Senn and Finnegans Wake" is highly recommended. The article which is actually a transcription of an interview with Fritz Senn is available here!

Thursday 22 October 2020

Monday, 22 October 2020

 At the end of the first (for us) Zoom session, we had reached the sentence ending with

 " . . . opennine knighters."   (618.24)

Monday 19 October 2020

Monday, 18 October 2020


Please note that

  • All us from the Monday reading group are welcome to participate in the virtual reading group of Finnegans Wake on Zoom. This virtual reading group is the Thursday Finnegans Wake group and has been meeting on Zoom for the last couple of months. As this group has now reached about the place in the book* where we had stopped in March, we can also participate and read the book to the end. 
  • The reading group meets on Zoom at 19h every Thursday evening.
  • Participation is by prior registration only. To register contact the Foundation. 
    • eMail:
    • Tel: 044 211 83 01
* Info on where the Thursday group stopped reading is available on the blog