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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts (1953)

by Samuel Beckett

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Two old tramps wait on a bare stretch of road near a tree for Godot.
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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 Charms (ateolf)
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    The Trial by Franz Kafka (SandraArdnas)
    SandraArdnas: Both masterpieces of the absurd
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    Seven Plays by Sam Shepard (SandraArdnas)
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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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Kids' lit assignment for Y4, W21. ( )
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
It never went anywhere....

Seriously, I got it. There's no god, people are tools. Now, say it again, and keep on saying it. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
I have no idea what I just read.

Someone else read this and said perhaps it lost something in text as opposed to being performed. I think they must be right. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
Un'opera che spiazza. Che lascia molti interrogativi e poche certezze. Cosa si cela dietro le surreali conversazioni/avventure dei protagonisti? L'elogio dell'attesa fine a se stessa che da nessuna parte conduce? Personalmente propendo per l'elogio del non-senso della vita. Imprevedibile, sempre mutevole, irrazionale e priva di ragione. Come se l'uomo vivesse immerso in una sorta di universo schopenaueriano, in cui una volontà che desidera senza scopo muove la sua vita senza condurla ad alcun fine. Ma è un'interpretazione con riserva. Beckett resta piuttosto criptico. Altri, forse, avran visto più lontano di me. ( )
  Carlomascellani73 | Oct 30, 2020 |
Waiting for Godot is, of course, the most famous of Beckett's plays and the one through which most people - myself included - first discover him. Its importance in the history of Western theatre cannot be understated.

However, he himself was never happy with this play and it's actually the least typical of all his theatre work. It's the most accessible of his plays and a must-read to prep you for the work that follows it, and for that reason alone it will always be an important work to me. But it will never be my favorite. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
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Beckett, Samuelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrade, Fabio de SouzaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brée, GermaineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bryden, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deardoff, Kenneth R.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duckworth, ColinEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eriksson, Göran O.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eriksson, Lill-IngerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhlman, RoyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ouředník, PatrikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Phillips, TomIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoenfeld, EricEditorsecondary 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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