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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts…

Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts (original 1953; edition 1997)

by Samuel Beckett

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Title:Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
Authors:Samuel Beckett
Info:Grove Press (1997), Paperback
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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1953)

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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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    Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco (interference)
    interference: Ebenfalls ein Klassiker des Absurden Theaters.
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    Incidences by Daniil Kharms (ateolf)
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Going to the party as Godot and never showing up. ( )
  adaorhell | Aug 24, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Apr 2011):
- Vladimir: Yes you do know them.
Estragon: No I don't know them.
Vladimir: We know them, I tell you. You forget everything.

- Is this an existential masterpiece?
Is this crap?
Are they waiting for hope? Or, are they not?
Pointless to review a work meant for the stage. But I'd gladly put on my theatre of the absurd hat and go see it. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Jul 8, 2018 |
Really? This has been so trumped up. Either I badly need an explanation for something I'm too dull to grasp (entirely plausible), or this is crap like Catch-22 that was so "avant-garde" so existential but entirely pointless.
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
It would be typical of me to say that this play made no sense because it didn't. There is most likely some huge literary theme that I missed reading this. Someone somewhere is probably screaming, "That's the whole point of the play! Godot never shows up!". All I have to say to that is, a lack of a plot does not make this play interesting. If you take some deep, existential meaning from this play, I'm going to say you're really into absurdest fiction or maybe you cry looking at modern art. If you're a normal human being, you most likely will get nothing out of this play. I was basically daydreaming and skimming when reading because it was so obtuse. Don't waste the 45 minutes it takes to read this play. Take a nap instead. ( )
  gloriouspond | Mar 13, 2018 |
Finally read it. Not sure what I was waiting for. ( )
  MsKathleen | Jan 29, 2018 |
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Andrade, Fabio de SouzaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brée, GermaineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duckworth, ColinEditorsecondary 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802130348, Paperback)

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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