Monday, November 4, 2013

New Wake blog rich with insight

Another new Finnegans Wake blog has sprung up and it's a great one. Peter Chrisp, who has been a mainstay on the FWread e-mail list for years sharing his passion, knowledge, and insight on Joyce's masterpiece has now created a blog From Swerve of Shore to Bend of Bay to formally share his work.

Mr. Chrisp has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter, always shedding the light of clarity on the Wake's obscure, dense pages through his knowledge and research of the materials that shaped the book and Joyce's creative process.

His new blog has thus far featured walkthroughs (with images) of some of the actual Dublin locations that feature in the Wake such as Phoenix Park, the Gaiety Theatre, and most compellingly, the Mullingar Inn which may be where the entirety of Finnegans Wake takes place.

His latest post is about the Thompson-Bywaters murder case which pops up often in the Wake and highlights Joyce's habit of collecting intriguing newspaper stories and weaving them into the text of his dream book.

I highly recommend checking out Mr.Chrisp's blog as he's one of the most knowledgeable Wakeans out there and his passion for Joyce's work is infectious.