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by Kevin J. Lin
"riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend
of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to
Howth Castle and Environs.
Sir Tristram, violer d'amores, fr'over the short sea, had passen-
core rearrived from North Armorica on this side the scraggy
isthmus of Europe Minor to wielderfight his penisolate war: nor
had topsawyer's rocks by the stream Oconee exaggerated themselse
to Laurens County's gorgios while they went doublin their mumper
all the time: nor avoice from afire bellowsed mishe mishe to
tauftauf thuartpeatrick not yet, though venissoon after, had a
kidscad buttended a bland old isaac: not yet, though all's fair in
vanessy, were sosie sesthers wroth with twone nathandjoe. Rot a
peck of pa's malt had Jhem or Shen brewed by arclight and rory
end to the regginbrow was to be seen ringsome on the aquaface."
- From Finnegan's Wake, by James Joyce
Who could forget the opening to James Joyce's postmodern classic, Finnegan's Wake? Probably a lot more people than could claim to understand it. Written in a combination of English, Gaelic, and fictional words, strung together in a stream of unconsciousness, the work is almost completely inaccessible to all but the most tenacious scholars.
If you go through Joyce and Pynchon like Reader's Digest, try out this excerpt from another classic:
Wants pawn term, dare worsted ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner
ladle cordage, honor itch offer lodge, dock, florist. Disk ladle gull orphan
worry putty ladle rat cluck wetter ladle rat hut, an fur disk raisin pimple
colder Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
Wan moaning, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut's murder colder inset. "Ladle Rat
Rotten Hut, heresy ladle basking winsome burden barter an shirker
cockles. Tick disk ladle basking tutor cordage offer groinmurder hoe lifts
honor udder site offer florist. Shaker lake! Dun stopper laundry wrote!
Dun stopper peck floors! Dun daily-doily inner florist, an yonder nor
sorghum-stenches, dun stopper torque wet strainers !"
"Hoe-cake, murder," resplendent Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, an tickle ladle
basking an stuttered oft. Honor wrote tutor cordage offer groin-murder,
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut mitten anomalous woof. " Wail, wail, wail ! " set
disk wicket woof, "Evanescent Ladle Rat Rotten Hut! Wares are putty
ladle gull goring wizard ladle basking?"
"Armor goring tumor groin-murder's," reprisal ladle gull. "Grammar's
seeking bet. Armor ticking arson burden barter an shirker cockles."
"O hoe! Heifer gnats woke," setter wicket woof, butter taught tomb shelf,
"Oil tickle shirt court tutor cordage offer groin-murder. Oil ketchup wetter
letter, an den - O bore!"
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Is this the work of a great postmodern writer, or something else?
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