Every Wednesday at 8 pm, starting the 23rd of April, David Kirkpatrick will be hosting an informal Finnegans Wake reading group here at the Standard. Here's a short description:
Come and enjoy one of the most important, least-read modern novels! Finnegans Wake has long been notorious for the inscrutable nature of its language. In the reading group, we'll try to make it more accessible for each other. No prior knowledge is required to participate; all you will need is a copy of the book (we recommend the edition that includes the John Bishop introduction).
The initial reading is the first chapter of the novel. At the first meeting, there'll be a general introduction to the reading group, and a history and outline of the book, touching on important themes, characters, and events. Then we'll discuss the first chapter, with accompanying readings from the book. Subsequent evenings will be split into a discussion of the previous week's reading and an introduction to the next week's reading.