Waiting for Godot

Tragicomedy in 2 Acts
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 (Book - 1954 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Waiting for Godot

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As Vladimir and Estragon await the arrival of Godot, they discuss their lives and consider hanging themselves, but choose to wait for Godot instead, in the hope that he can tell them what their purpose is.

Publisher Group West
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.

Authors: Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989
Statement of Responsibility: by Samuel Beckett ; translated from the original French text by the author
Title: Waiting for Godot
tragicomedy in 2 acts
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1954
Characteristics: 111 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Copyright renewed 1982
Translation of En attendant Godot
LCCN: 54006803
ISBN: 143950038X
Branch Call Number: 842 Beckett
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Apr 06, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of Beckett's many masterpieces in a a very useful bilingual edition. This is one of the keystones of theater and literature in this or any age, and suitable for virtually all the world's art cultures. You can read it in English, but if you read French at all, you should read it in French also.

"Waiting for Godot" is one of the titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume. Sadly, I think the whole exercise has been a rather "Waiting for Godot" exercise for Martel - I don't think he has received a single response or acknowledgement.


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