Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

Book - 2011
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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.

Perseus Publishing
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.

From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Théâtre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become one 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.


Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2011], c1954
ISBN: 9780802144423
080214442X
Characteristics: 85 p. ; 21 cm

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nbradley2
Apr 25, 2017

This is one of many significant plays from the 20th century. Beckett's minimalistic approach to the absurd, as well as his witty and strange characters, show his tragicomedic form to be painstakingly crafted, intense, complex, and moving. Waiting for Godot shows the human condition to be difficult, indefinable, and unresolved.

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seaxfamx
Jun 08, 2015

A 20th century classic.

kurthallsman Oct 27, 2014

Definitely one of the greatest plays ever written. The Hamlet of the 20th Century.

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Rainman
May 02, 2013

This had an Abbot and Costello feel to it, like I was reading the "Who's on first" routine. I can imagine it being much more amusing on stage; it was a bit frustrating as a book.

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vickiz
Dec 27, 2008

"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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Rainman
May 02, 2013

E: I can't go on like this. V: That's what you think.

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