on 1 May 2014
This is a beautiful new book published in the best Faber tradition, making an early Beckett text available for the general reader for the first time. Echo's Bones is Beckett finding his own voice as a writer after being under the literary spell of his mentor, James Joyce. The erudition evident in the story is dense, and amounts to a liberal education in itself. Fortunately, Faber saw fit to include an exhaustive list of references. Though not for the novice, Echo's Bones more than satisfies the craving of any oldtime Beckett addict.
on 11 April 2014
New postumous release anticipated with trepidation by this devotee. About as much footnotes as text, but you kind of need that with early Beckett, and they are admirable notes indeed - ludicrously well researched without being tiresomely prolix ("just the facts, Ma'm"). I'm finding it very interesting. It's like seeing Beckett put everything into a mix, which he would then spend his later works paring down and down. Compare the array of local colourful characters that parade before tbe be-fenced shade Belacqua, for example, to the minimalised derelict essences of humanity that do likewise before the later Unnameable. Definitely recommended for the thoroughly initiated. Not the place to start for the newbie though - please see my review of the Selected Works of Samuel Beckett if that is what you are looking for.