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Waiting for Godot: a tragicomedy in two acts (original 1952; edition 1988)

by Samuel Beckett

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Title:Waiting for Godot: a tragicomedy in two acts
Authors:Samuel Beckett
Info:London, Faber & Faber, 1988
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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1952)

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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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    The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe (christiguc)
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    Rhinocéros by Eugene Ionesco (interference)
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    Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel (Othemts)

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It's very different reading this play when you're 15 as compared to when you're 50. In my high school drama class, we loved doing scenes from Godot because it was absurd, but I doubt very much we understood the show's complexity. It features existential banter and dark comedic turns. I think all I got out of it was that the characters were stuck and petulant and clownish. But now at 50 I am starting to get the subtleties that went completely over my head at 15. Plus, I recently saw an excellent production of it which, of course, brought the characters to life. ( )
  louis.arata | Jul 31, 2015 |
  kutheatre | Jun 4, 2015 |
I absolutely, unabashedly love Waiting for Godot!

I first read it in college, having discovered this and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead around the same time. Both plays have that beautiful existentialism that involves two characters having no idea what is happening around them and trying to make sense of their world. And failing miserably.

What can be said? What needs to be said? I can't really think of much to say other than it's wonderfully, madly absurd. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Apr 17, 2015 |
Impossible for me to summarize my thoughts on this in any coherent fashion. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 20, 2015 |
I can totally understand why people hate this play, because ... nothing happens. Or "less than nothing," as one critic put it. But I think that fact makes it so compelling. Maybe our lives are just like this, without us knowing it. And sometimes it's just plain funny. ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
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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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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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