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Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho: Three Novels (original 1989; edition 1995)

by Samuel Beckett

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Title:Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho: Three Novels
Authors:Samuel Beckett
Info:Grove Press (1995), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 116 pages
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Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho: Three Novels by Samuel Beckett (1989)



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Three late "novels" (a generous designation, since the longest of them--Company--is just 45 pages) written from 1980 to 1983. Long gone is the rambling, darkly humorous narration of Watt and Molloy, but what remains isn't so radically different that the reader won't recognize it as Beckett. These are sad, surprisingly personal reflections from the margin of human existence, articulations of the dim anguish that always lay just below the surface of his earlier, absurdly funny work. This isn't the place to start if you're new to Beckett, but longtime admirers will find this brief collection rewarding. ( )
  Jonathan_M | Sep 27, 2016 |
These three short works are almost like the Molloy trilogy in miniature. As each one increases in its spareness, so does it increase in its opacity. Company contains the clearest narrative, while still planting the seeds for the unyielding repetition that is to come. Beckett plumbs the depths of existence and the inevitable approach of death in a personal way while resisting the first person perspective ("he speaks of himself as of another"). In Company he vacillates between second and third person. Ill Seen Ill Said is told in third person alternating with a speakerless narration. The final text, Worstward Ho is completely told in the speakerless narration and resembles The Unnamable in its descriptions of body failing and the void that awaits. Recommended for those already familiar with Beckett's prose stylings. ( )
2 vote S.D. | Jan 14, 2015 |
Reading at airport. Airport? Port of air. Air of port. Air air port. Rereading. Now reading. Not reading. Back to reading. Nohow on back to reading. Woman sitting. But kneeling? Back to sitting. Reading. No sitting. Unsitting. Unreading. No rereading. A review? A pro view. Say yes. No a view again. Woman sitting. Unsitting. Trouble? Say yes. No. On airplane. Woman eating? Eating woman. No. Back. Review. Rereview. Ill seen. Ill smell. Say yes. Poor worst missaid. Mind long lost to longing. So missaid. Sad go. Longing go. Now now back and then on. Back for nohow on. Words that dim. Then all undimmed. State undimmed. Nohow again.

Brilliant. Melodic. Hypnotic. Yes. Say yes. ( )
9 vote Quixada | Jul 27, 2012 |
To my mind this is Becketts finest work. Worstward Ho, in particular, is a joy to read. It is filled with comedy and song. It is a book you can dance to. ( )
  arnosedgley | Sep 9, 2009 |
Thick reading; a duty, not love. ( )
  drjnola | May 31, 2009 |
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Beckett has few imitators these days, when story is all to most novelists, but he remains a writer of unquestionable stature. Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho: Three Novels and its companion volume Samuel Beckett: The Complete Short Prose, 1929-1989 assemble virtually all of Beckett's prose work outside his sequence of major novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable.

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Now compiled in one volume, these three novels, which are among the most beautiful and disquieting of Samuel Beckett's later prose works, work together with the powerful resonance of his famous Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. In Company, a voice comes to "one on his back in the dark" and speaks to him. Ill Seen Ill Said focuses attention on an old woman in a cabin who is part of the objects, landscape, rhythms, and movements of an incomprehensible universe. And in Worstward Ho, Beckett explores a tentative, uncertain existence in a world devoid of rational meaning and purpose. Here is language pared down to its most expressive, confirming Beckett's position as one of the great writers of our time.

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