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  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (31 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626342927
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626342923
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 5.1 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,990 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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Hearing this, you at once realise Beckett's crisp prose is ideally suited to the audiobook medium. In first person narration we hear Molloy is first seeking his mother, then, in the second section, being pursued himself by Moran, a private detective. Yes, we are on familiar Beckett territory, yet this early work raises not only questions of being and aloneness it is also richly comical. A great introduction to Beckett before venturing into his later, darker works. --Bukowski on Bukowski zine

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New edition of the classic novel, published for the first time by Faber with an introduction by Beckett scholar Shane Weller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
Most readers come to Samuel Beckett through a reading of one of his famous plays. 'Waiting For Godot' in particular is a set text in many schools. The irony of this is that most of these readers go no further than the relatively approachable dramatic works, and so remain unaware of the range and difficulty of Beckett's achievements in prose. Where to start with the latter?

'Molloy', composed during the same period as 'Godot', is actually Beckett's fifth novel, after 'Dream of Fair To Middling Women' (written in 1932 but not published until 1993), 'Murphy' (1938), 'Watt' (1941-45, published 1953) and 'Mercier and Camier' (written in French from 1946 but not published until 1970 in French and in altered form in English in 1974). 'Molloy' (1951 in French) also forms the first part of Beckett's loose 'Trilogy' but does not need to be read in that form to be appreciated.

The reader who comes to 'Molloy' without any other preparation will encounter difficulties, but should persist. Beckett has little interest in the conventional presentation of narrative and plot: 'Molloy' hangs together it seems by the sheer force of will of its characters as embodied in their speaking voices. Those voices are sometimes confused, sometimes infuriatingly repetitive or obsessive. Meaning emerges cumulatively.

The novel is divided into two halves, which suggests a structure based on both repetition and mirroring. Each presents the story of a man - Molloy and Moran respectively - engaged on a journey: in Molloy's case, to visit his mother; in Moran's, to find Molloy. So far, so simple. But in both cases the task proves almost impossible to complete.
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By Mike Collins on 7 Nov 2014
Format: Paperback
Few reviewers of Beckett point out the laugh-out-loud humour and ribaldry in his work but you can come to this novel - arguably the best ever written and right up there with Austen, Dickens and Dostoyevsky - confident that you're in for a rollicking time in the company of the 20th century's best wordsmith. Perhaps his "modern classic" status puts many readers in a sombre frame of mind before they begin to scan the text, all the academic twaddle about existentialism and "Deeper Meaning" inclining them to the Serious. Listen, if you pick up this stunning, superb, salacious and sensational novel (of course it is, professor) you will learn "Constipation is a sign of good health in pomeranians"; "It is useless to recoil (when social workers offer you charity), they will pursue you to the end of the earth"; how to arrange sucking pebbles in your clothing for optimum results; and that "Sex is a mug's game in the long run - and tiring." There is also a radically different classification of love, based on orifices, to which you may or may not subscribe. Ah, Molloy, you and your old ataraxy, be away with you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr N D Willis on 4 July 2013
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Molloy, the story of both a man travelling and a man following, who may or may not be the same person, was my first foray into the work of Beckett. Being familiar with the reputation, at least, of Waiting for God of and Beckett 's standing as an exponent of the Theatre of the Absurd I forewarned myself with the knowledge that Molloy might be a challenging read.

To my relief, reading Molloy was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. After a few pages I found my mind tuned in to Beckett 's flowing, circular narrative, which is often in the form of Molloy's circular, repetitive monologue. The introspective meanderings of Molloy, fixed on his bad leg, his bad memory, his inner voice and a troubled journey to see his mother, form the plot of the unusual but engaging first half of the book.

The second half of the book deals with an, at first, altogether different character. Again written in the same monologous style, with the reader now well and truly familiar with the style of prose, the central character becomes Moran, an agent - of what or whom is never made clear - sent to find Molloy. What Moran is to do with Molloy should he find him is never made clear, in fact, the cloudiness of the reason signals the deterioration of Moran's once meticulous being.

Moran's journey mirrors Molloy's in more ways than one, both having clear objectives - to find Molloy or, for Molloy, to find his mother - that slip away from them. Both men have difficult relationships with their close family that perhaps borders on cruelty, Moran with his son and Molloy with his mother.
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By JohnSMS on 23 Jun 2013
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In typical Beckett fashion, this is not a book suited to bedtime reading. The wanderings and contemplations of the central character are often perplexing and I struggled to really identify with the character but there is no doubting the literary genius of Beckett. Excellent read.
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