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Lost Ones Hardcover – Jun 1972

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  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Calder Publications (Jun. 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714508918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714508917
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,351,041 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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The most terrifying aspects of the human condition are revealed by the restless movements of lost bodies trapped in a hellish cylinder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 2001
Format: Paperback
At first _The Lost Ones_ seems like a joke, a whimsical world described in the driest of language. Only slowely do we realize that the hellish details, the turmult and the cycles hide a slower and more hellish process, the loss of hope and a gradual decline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theo on 17 Oct. 2011
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unable to put down. one to re-read over. and. over. took a bit of time to arrive but worth it. very good.
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Entropy and the vanquished. 18 Jun. 1999
By R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This short and unusual novel by Samuel Beckett, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature (this book was the first major puplication of Beckett after the award was announced), depicts a "universe" that is made up of a flattened cylinder fifty meters wide and eighteen meters high containing 200 bodies of all ages. The insides of the cylinder are basicly featureless except for a few niches that can be reached by a few ladders (these ladders are the only inanimate objects in the cylinder). Some of these niches are interconnected by tunnels. The cylinder is lit slightly by a dim yellow light that is everywhere. The temperature changes from 25 degrees to zero in four seconds and then back again. Some of the people are searchers and are looking for an exit. Others are the vanquished. As time goes on, all become the vanquished except one. When I came to the end of the novel, all I could think of was entropy.
How odd. 24 Mar. 2006
By The Surly Aardvark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm relatively new to Beckett, and so my only point of comparison is "Waiting for Godot". Look elsewhere if you want more of the majesty and humor of that work, but "The Lost Ones" does have its own charm.

Give Beckett credit, he creates a world of his own, and unpacks it in exhaustive and minute detail. The complex social patterns that develop among the pitiable inhabitants is perhaps of greatest interest. All of this is described in Beckett's characteristically dense prose.

Despite being serendipitously timed and thus receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, "The Lost Ones" is not itself a major work. Whether this particular experiment is enjoyable to you is probably a matter of taste, but it does have the advantage of brevity; like a Ramones song, if you don't like it, it'll at least be over before you know it.
Concise and claustrophobic 21 Dec. 1998
By David Cross (davexist@geocities.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very short work, but meaningful. I won't try to give a description of it, for that would be thoroughly useless and not do justice to the work. I will say that it is a must for fans of Kafka, and even existentialist writing in general.
Extraordinary Beauty in the void 5 Sept. 2012
By D. J Penick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Here is human motivation, hope and loss reduce to essences: small repeated gestures echoed in a repetitive language of intense poignance and beauty.
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