I am not a literary critic. I am an avid reader and love the stimulation of thought-provoking writing.
Yes, the Wake is certainly no typical novel. But I think some of the terms applied such as "the most impenetrable book ever written" are a bit melodramatic. The Bible has passages that are difficult to understand, right? So is it impenetrable? Quantum mechanics is nearly impossible to grasp. Impenetrable? No.
Impenetrable implies that the reader will get nothing from the book. I actually enjoy and gain regeneration from reading the wake. No, I can't decipher every line. But I can follow the general idea and love the word play. Play. See that's the real key here. Play. If the book is approached as play, as fun, the reader will enjoy the book.
And that brings me to A Word in Your Ear. The author states upfront that his book is not a deep scholarly dissertation on the Wake. It's a starter, an encouragement to dive in. As that, the book serves the purpose. If you want to just get started with the Wake, this book is adequate to "get you in". Go deeper if you'd like with other dissections. But for a toe in the water, this book will serve the purpose.
- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (27 June 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419609300
- ISBN-13: 978-1419609305
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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