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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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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 |
I read this in college. I didn't get it. I appreciate that I should see it rather than just read it, and if the chance comes up, I may do so. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
If there were no stars rating this would get it. A complete waste of time. See my critique of Beckett's other work. The same applies here. I give it an "F". ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
I know this is one of those works that are supposed to be masterpieces, but it did absolutely nothing for me. To be fair, I'm not a theater person, and I never got the appeal of absurdist works or anything else along those lines. I got about a third of the way into this and just couldn't stand to read it anymore, it drove me nuts. If you can appreciate that kind of stuff then I guess I can see why so many people love it, I'm just not one of them. ( )
  ashleyk44 | Jul 8, 2014 |
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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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