Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce - Useful Links and Resources for reading and understanding the book.

I’m reading Finnegan’s Wake by Jame’s Joyce. Assorted links and resources that I’ve found helpful in  for understanding the imagery and allusions in this dreamtime narrative. It definitely helps having a background in the study of Tarot, Mythology, Symbolism, and History, along with just having read enough and liking entymology and linguistics enough that this novel feels like “listening to people talking with a thick dialect”. It would help even more if I was familiar with Dublin. 🙂






  • – Dictionary for word comparison and meaning, showing definitions along with the subtle differences and nuances between words.
  • – Online Etymology Dictionary. Etymologies are explanations of what our words meant, how their meanings evolved, and how they sounded in the past.
  • – The Oxford English Dictionary. A guide to the meaning, history, and usage of over 500,000 words and phrases
  • – Wiktionary – a free-content multilingual dictionary with definitions and descriptions in English.
    Wiktionary includes a thesaurus, a rhyme guide, phrase books, and extensive appendices, along with etymologies, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations.