Waiting for Godot - English: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts Paperback – Jan 18 1994
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One of the true masterpieces of the century. Clive Barnes, "The New York Times" One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation, a threnody of hope deceived and deferred but never extinguished; a play suffused with tenderness for the whole human perplexity; with phrases that come like a sharp stab of beauty and pain. "The Times" (London) Beckett is an incomparable spellbinder. He writes with rhetoric and music that . . . make a poet green with envy. Stephen Spender Reading Beckett for the first time is an experience like no other in modern literature. Paul Auster [Godot is ] among the most studied, monographed, celebrated and sent-up works of modern art, and perhaps as influential as any from the last century. The nonstory of two tramps at loose ends in a landscape barren of all but a single tree, amusing or distracting themselves from oppressive boredom while they wait for a mysterious figure who never arrives, the play became the ur-text for theatrical innovation and existential thought in the latter half of 20th century. Christopher Isherwood, "The New York Times" " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906, in Ireland. Best known for the classic Waiting for Godot, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969. He spent most of his life in Paris and died there in 1989.
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Waiting for Godot is a classic text of existentialism and Absurdist literature.Read more ›
Who is Godot and why are these two men waiting for him? Good question. It's not important though-- not as important as their waiting to be saved by Godot at least. The way the characters passed away the time of their waiting made the pages fly by for me-- it seemed I had scarcely started when I was at the end!
Highly recommended. Waiting for Godot is a great, quick read.
All the evidence points to it; no evidence contradicts it. It lets the whole story come together consistently and rationally. Two ragged fellows meet every morning and do nothing all day. Not that there is anything to do - the world is essentially flat, boundless, gray and barren, save for one derisory dead tree. There is no water, no food (save for a single old vegetable in the pocket of one of them - every day), no shelter, no objects of any kind. Not even a place to sit. Estragon is doomed to remember nothing except being beaten up the night before. Every night. Vladimir is cursed with an inkling of having been here and done this before, but can't quite nail it. Total frustration.
They consider suicide, but don't even have the means to do even that little. They are dead men already, so it is redundant. They cross paths with another pair, similarly cursed, and this happens every day with no one remembering the previous encounter. They are doomed to repeat this meaningless activity every day for eternity. And part of it is waiting for a man who they've never met and who never comes. He cancels on them every afternoon.
What fresh hell is this? to borrow from Ms. Parker. They are waiting for God(ot) to decide their eternal fates. And every day, God doesn't show. It's Limbo (since cancelled).Read more ›
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This play has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it on CBC Radio in 1995. I have enjoyed it on video and borrowed it from a sister library so many times I practically... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jean Shaw
Only buy this book if you are totally immune to typos and misspellings. Things like the letter "I" being substituted with a lowercase "L", or the word... Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Swiatczak
I did a lot of waiting for Godot myself, and was unimpressed. A little too abstract for my personal taste, but it's a classic apparently.Published 22 months ago by R
This book is a classic in existential play. If you don't know anything about this play I would highly suggest doing a bit of research before buying it as it is unlike most plays/... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2013 by Stacey Cann
I was very disappointed in this purchase. It was a very slim volume for the price. The font was too small making the text almost illegible. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2013 by Anne H Pollett
"Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!". That phrase, said by one of the main characters of "Waiting for Godot", somehow sums up the whole plot of this short... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2007 by B. Alcat
What a fabulous play. I read it over an over again and every time I discover new meaning. Admittedly, the first time I read it, I hated it. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2005
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