James Atherton writes
‘As I see FW it is everyone’s dream, the dream of all the living and the dead. Many puzzling features become clear if this is accepted. Obviously we will hear many foreign languages…The Wake never stops: the sentence circles round to become the first and the whole work revolves to reflect the nature of the world of sleeping humanity….
To my mind, the most revealing statement Joyce ever made about his work was ‘Really it is not I who am writing this crazy book. It is you, and you, and you, and that man over there, and that girl at the next table.’ This is stressed, once you start looking for it, in the Wake itself. It is ‘us’ who are brought back to ‘Howth Castle and Environs’ in the third line of the book…It is easy to miss the ‘we’…
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