I've just read and reviewed most of FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce who, like me, suffered from recurrent iritis.
Why have I only read and reviewed most of it? Well, you'll have to read my review to get to the point of Real Absence... http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/201 ... mes-joyce/
Someone called "old Andycox" (sic) is mentioned on page 124 of Finnegans Wake.
You can check that by googling "old Andycox"!
I have now finished,what I can only call a 'monumental' review of this book at link above, where, inter alia, I compare this book to 'Twin Peaks'.