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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot (1952)

by Samuel Beckett

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    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (guyalice)
    guyalice: Stoppard's play's been called "Waiting for Hamlet," as both are existentialist plays featuring a pair of clueless (yet tragic) idiots.
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    Incidences by Daniil Kharms (ateolf)
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    Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco (interference)
    interference: Ebenfalls ein Klassiker des Absurden Theaters.
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    The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe (christiguc)
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    Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel (Othemts)

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I found this play perplexing. Two men, Estagon and Vladimir, are waiting on the side of a road for Godot. Apparently neither of them have ever met the man nor do they seem to know why they are waiting for him. They pass the time with conversation. Two other men enter the scene. Pozzo seems to be well-to-do and holds a rope which is around Lucky's neck. Lucky is a slave and they are on the way to the market to sell him.

The setting is minimal - one tree and some rocks - which reflects the minimalism of the play. The characters are simple people living simple lives. Their actions and interactions are short and to the point. With one exception. Lucky is told to think and delivers a non-punctuated line that covers three pages.

What does it all mean? Better minds than I could offer explanations. I, however, am left to ponder. ( )
  mamzel | Oct 17, 2016 |
Decent. I found that this absurdist play was difficult to get into because of it's genre. I guess you have to be careful to not read too into it the first time you encounter it, but I was certainly reading between the lines because I really couldn't help it. I found the relationship the two 'bums' shared to be homoerotic and their relationship to Godot as one to a leader, not a god. A lawyer or a lawmaker, a preacher or a prophet. Maybe their son? It doesn't even really matter since it's all absurd anyway. ( )
  knotbox | Jun 9, 2016 |
I finally listened to this famous play by Samuel Beckett. It had been on my radar forever, and it was just a couple of hours long and so I did it. Then I went and read the wikipedia page, to try and figure out what I had listened to. It seems nobody really knows what it's about, nor did the author when he wrote it. Gotta love existentialists. At least I had some idea of what I was getting into, so wasn't exactly terribly surprised by the absurdism. Now I have 1952 covered for my "Century of Books" challenge (reading a book from each year of the 20th century), at least, but I doubt you could make me sit through that play anytime soon. ( )
  Smiler69 | May 28, 2016 |
Story is like doing laundry. Watching the drier go round. Knowing it will happen again next week.

Supposedly means 'Waiting for God." They wait and wait.

Hey maybe i have this confused with No Exit by Sartre. By gum i do. Existentialism is dull. ( )
1 vote Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
I love this play. I teach it every year and it never gets boring. My students and I never come to the same conclusion of the story, and my conclusion changes all the time. ( )
  caseybp | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Samuel Beckettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrade, Fabio de SouzaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brée, GermaineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duckworth, ColinEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eriksson, Göran O.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Estragon, sitting on a low mound, is trying to take off his boot. He pulls at it with both hands, panting. He gives up, exhausted, rests, tries again. As before. Enter Vladimir
ESTRAGON: (giving up again) Nothing to be done.
"Don't talk to me. Don't speak to me. Stay with me."
ESTRAGON: Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!
ESTRAGON: We've lost our rights?
VLADIMIR: [Distinctly.] We got rid of them.
VLADIMIR: That passed the time.
ESTRAGON: It would have passed in any case.
VLADIMIR: Yes, but not so rapidly.
VLADIMIR: Abortion!
ESTRAGON: Morpion!
VLADIMIR: Sewer-rat!
ESTRAGON: [With finality.] Crritic!
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A seminal work of twentieth-century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett’s first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater.

The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

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Two old tramps wait on a bare stretch of road near a tree for Godot.

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