Comments and Reviews of
A Word In Your Ear

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What are the best Finnegans Wake resources both available and comprehensible to the general reader? ... my own personal favourite is A Word in Your Ear by Eric Rosenbloom. ... This is the book that first encouraged me to tackle the Wake.
—Stephen Crowe, illustrator of Wake in Progress

I would not have gone back to the book at all had I not read A Word In Your Ear. So, thank you. ... a smart and readable guide to the master’s neglected nightmaze.
—Brendan de Caires

Very good work, clear and helpful.
—Thomas Hofheinz, author of Joyce and the Invention of Irish History:
Finnegans Wake in Context

A Word In Your Ear is a great site and book. I have recommended it to those interested in the wake.
—Maynard Miller, Bookfinders

Eric Rosenbloom, uno de los mejores expertos en Finnegans Wake ...
—Juan Díaz Victoria, author of Estela de Finnegan,
a translation of Finnegans Wake into Spanish

This compact text is comprehensive and adds thoughts and ideas I’ve not found in some of the older, more voluminous works. It’s also readable, not requiring an advanced degree in literary criticism. There’s no way to make Finnegans Wake an easy read, but A Word in Your Ear offers practical advice that advances our understanding of Joyce’s “book of the dark.”
William C. Cliett, Jr., Gainesville, Florida

There is information not found in my other 40 books on Joyce.

For anyone who is not too familiar with Finnegans Wake, but might like to be, Eric Rosenbloom has written what I consider to be an excellent Wake Primer called A Word In Your Ear. It is a long essay ([150] pages) but it makes very enjoyable reading. He writes quite carefully and lovingly and joyfully about the Finnegans Wake experience. It’s a great read even if you already are familiar with The Wake.
—Sergio Pastor, Messes of Mottage

Congratulations. By far the best and objective text concerning Finnegans Wake that I’ve read in times.
—Aguinaldo M. Severino, Santa Maria, Brazil

good and lucid analysis
—Ross Chambers, Sydney, Australia

everything that such [an introduction] should be ... The more I read the better I like it. I think that you have hit on the way to do this kind of thing.
—Bob Williams, author of Before the Wake, Joyce Country, &c.

interesting and handsome ... I have read through part one and find your presentation intelligent, courteous and serene — not intellectually fretful as some FW studies can be. ... I really admire A Word in Your Ear.
—Jan Seabaugh

a sine qua non for Joyceans
—Clarence Sterling, author of “Foriver for Allof — The Ravisht Timing a’Bride”
and “1132 A.D. & SAINT Brighid”

Congratulations on putting together what is certainly the best intro to the Wake I’ve seen.
—Andrew H. Blom

[W]hen I opened it, there was a wash of calm sensibility & enjoyment — and BALANCE. It’s amazing that you are able to keep this tone, and still exhibit such a wide grasp of the content. What I am saying is that rather than drawing me down into the mulch that the hen pecks in (the way far too many Wake interpretations do), your words indicate the SPRING into the morning sun.
—Mark Troy, Karlstad, Sweden,
author of Mummeries of Resurrection:
The Cycle of Osiris in
Finnegans Wake

... a stunning performance and of exemplary clarity ...
—Bob Williams, review for The Compulsive Reader.

... your FW guide is a DELIGHT!! I’m thoroughly enjoying it ... I really love your voice in the guide: accurately respected by your reviewer. Talk about humanist, humane etc.
—John W. Erwin, author of Lyric Apocalypse:
Reconstruction in Ancient and Modern Poetry

and Annunciations to Anyone:
the Disclosure of Authority in Writing and Painting

I have been quite enjoying it.
—Allen B. Ruch, Editorial Director of The Modern Word
and Editor of The Brazen Head