Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
(Eng rev): A Tragicomedy in Two Acts (Beckett, Samuel)

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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius … Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century.”

The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.
 

About Samuel Beckett

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Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906 near Dublin, Ireland into a middle-class Protestant family. As a boy, he studied French and enjoyed cricket, tennis, and boxing. At Trinity College he continued his studies in French and Italian and became interested in theater and film, including American film. After graduation, Beckett taught English in Paris and traveled through France and Germany. While in Paris Beckett met Suzanne Deschevaus-Dusmesnil. During World War II when Paris was invaded, they joined the Resistance. They were later forced to flee Paris after being betrayed to the Gestapo, but returned in 1945. Beckett and Deschevaus-Dusmesnil married in 1961. Samuel Beckett's first novel was Dream of Fair to Middling Women. Among his many works are Murphy; Malone Dies; and The Unnameable. His plays include Endgame, Happy Days, Not I, That Time, and Krapp's Last Tape. In 1953, the production of Waiting For Godot in Paris by director and actor Roger Blin earned Beckett international fame. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. His style was postmodern minimalist and some of his major themes were imprisonment in one's self, the failure of language, and moral conduct in a godless world. Despite his fame, Samuel Beckett led a secluded life. In his later years he suffered from cataracts and emphysema. His wife Suzanne died on July 17, 1989 and Beckett died on December 22nd of the same year.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Grove Press. 132 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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It's a sign of how much our theatre has changed that Beckett's masterpiece, once seen as a subversion of West End theatre, now occupies one of its iconic temples.

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BC Books

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I suppose that'd be the only way to survive such a horrible dispiriting situation – to view it as a "new" day each time, oblivious to whatever atrocities you faced the day before.

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Waiting for Godot, a significant tragi-comedy that has since inspired many other literary works, tells the tale of Vladimir (Marcus Lamb) and his friend Estragon (Patrick O'Donnell) who wait in hope of salvation from a man called Godot.

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Entertainment Weekly

Yes, the two employ all the resources of vaudeville and slapstick at various points in the show — the second act hat shuffle is particularly adept, as is Lane's fumbling demonstration with a bullwhip — but the actors' comic business never becomes antic or overwhelms the show's underlying seriousn...

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The Independent

These working notebooks and the editors' notes to their composite 'revised' text make the reader work too, but the rewards are great.

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The Telegraph

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Los Angeles Review of Books

The director, Herbert Blau, was atremble with anxiety: “How were they to face one of the toughest audiences in the world with a highly obscure, intellectual play that had produced near riots among a good many highly sophisticated audiences in Western Europe?” (If the only crime committed by “high...

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Broad Street Review

BY: Jim Rutter 03.23.2010 Careful, astute direction by Brenna Geffers of EgoPo Productions resurrects the bones of Beckett’s existential classic, Waiting For Godot, into a d...

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

My reading of the play 30 years back was that the two characters are neither jovial nor desperate but, rather, bored with their existence.

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