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Happy Days Paperback – 9 Feb 1987

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (9 Feb. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571066534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571066537
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1927. His made his poetry debut in 1930 with Whoroscope and followed it with essays and two novels before World War Two. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Waiting for Godot, in 1949 but it wasn't published in English until 1954. Waiting for Godot brought Beckett international fame and firmly established him as a leading figure in the Theatre of the Absurd. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. Beckett continued to write prolifically for radio, TV and the theatre until his death in 1989.

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Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, published as part of the eightieth Anniversary of Faber as part of a landmark publishing project to publish edited and corrected texts of all of his works. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1927. His made his poetry debut in 1930 with Whoroscope and followed it with essays and two novels before World War Two. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Waiting for Godot, in 1949 but it wasn't published in English until 1954. Waiting for Godot brought Beckett international fame and firmly established him as a leading figure in the Theatre of the Absurd. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. Beckett continued to write prolifically for radio, TV and the theatre until his death in 1989.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gurjit on 3 Feb. 2014
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This play marked my introduction to Beckett. I had heard of his plays and his reputation for creating absurd, avant-garde theatre but nothing quite prepared me for this piece of writing. The play tells the story of Winnie – a lonely, desolate, compulsive talker, who is stuck (for reasons unclear) up to her waist in a mound of earth and her husband, Willie, an almost muted hermit, who remains pretty much hidden throughout the whole time.

Each day begins the same, triggered by the strident sound of a bell. Winnie then begins her routine in a very meticulous and exact way. Cleaning herself, checking her belongings, speaking aloud to Willie and herself, enduring the baking heat. This behaviour is both comic and tragic to behold, not to mention mind-bending. The play continues in this fashion, until the 2nd act, where Winnie is now buried up to her neck.

The play is largely thought to be about marriage and the title ‘Happy Days’ is very much an ironic label. Reading the play (and later seeing it at the Young Vic with Juliet Stevenson as Winnie), I found a number of themes and metaphors could be equally applied to this play. Also, considering the main character is physically stuck the whole time, there is actually a great deal of action. Indeed, Beckett’s stage directions are so frequent and so prescriptive, that Winnie’s actions are just as important as her words.

I am very pleased to have discovered Beckett and this play has now made me want to read (and see) all of his work. Happy days!

Highly recommended.
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By Abbie Williams on 24 Jun. 2015
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Brilliant book; really helpful reading aid to my English university course.
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