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January 1, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — basileios @ 8:53 am

Pynchon in his most Finnegans Wake mood.

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  1. I wonder if the totality of Pynchon’s work can be taken as a continuation or extension of Joyce’s ambition to write a novel that would contain the sum of human history. Finnegans Wake takes inspiration from Irish fable of Fionn mac Cumhaill who accidentally eats a scale from the salmon of knowledge and acquires all human knowledge. Pynchon, like Joyce, doesn’t want to leave a scrap of his brainpower in grey matter, he wants it all on the page for ethernity. What Joyce was to classical knowledge, Pynchon is to the age of technology and scientific theory. Pick up Pynchon’s novels and you will get a glimpse of everything he knows and his best effort to make sense of it all.

    Comment by Dan Conley — January 2, 2007 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  2. Funny you should mention that. I was thinking along similar lines at points and Finnegans Wake has been brought in my mind by free association at quite a few points in the book (I must admit that i even tried to stretch an HCE – ALP parallel in AtD, but I gave up in the end).

    Comment by basileios — January 2, 2007 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  3. I admit in the open I haven’t read much Joyce but I’m experiencing those Joycean moments myself with ATD. Joyce and TP could pull meaning out of a broken doorknob.

    Comment by ShakespearesChimp — January 16, 2007 @ 4:01 am | Reply

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