The only guide you need to FW

Anthony Burgess, the blurb on the inside front cover of the 1966 Faber & Faber edition of A Shorter Finnegans Wake informs us, ‘has cut down Joyce’s masterpiece to its bare essentials and has provided a sort of waking commentary, as well as a long and enlightening introduction. He hopes that readers of this small labour of love will be tempted to proceed to the whole big uncut book and learn to revel in its humour and homely profundity’.

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