Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Some Historical Literary Critique of Finnegan's Wake

"the most colossal leg pull in literature since Macpherson's Ossian" --Oliver Gogarty

"Nothing so far as I make out, nothing short of divine vision or a new cure for the clap can possibly be worth all the circumambient peripherization." --Ezra Pound

"My God, what a clumsy olla putrida James Joyce is! Nothing but old fags and cabbage-stumps of quotations from the Bible and the rest, stewed in the juice of deliberate journalistic dirty-mindedness -- what old and hard-worked staleness, masquerading as the all-new!" -- D.H. Lawrence

"[N]othing but a formless and dull mass of phony folklore, a cold pudding of a book, a persistent snore in the next room [...] and only the infrequent snatches of heavenly intonations redeem it from utter insipidity." -- Vladimir Nabokov

"[A] 600-page crossword clue whose answer is 'the'." -- Martin Amis

I think nothing greater in the English language (in the field of non-fiction) will ever be achieved unless Moving Pictures are banned.

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