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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (23 Nov. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521357756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521357753
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,664,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This 2004 volume offers a comprehensive critical study of Samuel Beckett's most renowned dramatic work, Waiting for Godot, which has become one of the most frequently discussed, and influential plays in the history of the theatre. Graver reviews some of the differences between Beckett's original French version and his English translation. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By on 21 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is reasonably good if, like me, you wanted to know more about the contexts and themes of the book. It is a little short on material, although it does cover both versions and many of the main characters and 'plot' elements.
This is certainly not a critical piece of writing, and you would be disappointed if you wanted to read about the contexts and critical interpretations of the text. Further discussion of the Absurb and existentialist, and probably Lucky's speech, would have given the book more academic authority - as these important elements are treated to a thin discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John McCracken on 20 Dec. 2009
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This is a concise introduction to one of the world's most famous plays. It provides a clear outline of the circumstances in which Samuel Beckett wrote "Waiting for Godot" - as well as a persuasive analysis of his text. It also indicates some of the many ways in which Beckett's drama has prfoundly influenced the work of other playwrights - concentrating on those writing in the English language. My principal reservation is that, at times, the analysis and information is a little too compressed - but, since it is written as a short guide for students, perhaps that is inevitable.
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ignore the stars, please 7 Nov. 2001
By Kirk R. Anderson - Published on
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I just received this book and haven't read it yet. It looks quite good.
HOWEVER! because I read the description too quickly, and because I was misled by the other reader reviews, I thought that the actual text of the play was here, in both languages, in addition to a critical apparatus. Not so!
All of the other reader reviews are about Beckett's play itself, which is not part of this book!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Question your existence with one book 25 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Beckett's Waiting for Godot is on of the most intense existential works since existentailism was founded. The characters may be "stagnant and colorless" (See previous review)- but this is all on purpose - Beckett is showing us how stagnant and colorless our lives are as we wait in our tiny universes for a God to come along and tell us what to believe in. Beckett challenges us to look around, take control of our lives and quit waiting around everyday for something that will never come - no matter how hard you want to believe.
Bizarre and purposefully repetitive 1 Dec. 2013
By Imran Lorgat - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you want to wrestle with something that’s strange and ambiguous then Waiting for Godot might be worth a try but no promises that you’ll enjoy it or even find any merit in it.

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Exceptional example of existentialism 14 May 1999
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This play raises questions about the purpose of human existence and totally defies any previous concepts of style--it is abstract and yet quantifies a feeling of meaningful emptiness--or tired meaningfulness. I highly recommend this play to anyone who is interested in Symbolism or the existentialist movement in literature and stage. If you liked No Exit by Sartre, you'll love this.
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Worst Play by Worst Playwright Ever 2 Jan. 2012
By AlphaKid42 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love live theater, reading plays, watching video of plays.
In all sincerity, this play is the worst play ever by the worst playwright ever.

The core idea of the play is that life is meaningless, something you "get" 5 minutes into it.
But the playwright makes us experience that life is meaningless, in slow-motion.

I would rather experience open heart surgery without anesthetics than to ever endure this play again. It's that bad. No, it's worse.
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