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Obscure Locks, Simple Keys: The Annotated 'Watt': The Annotated 'Watt' (Samuel Beckett) (Journal of Beckett Studies) Paperback – 7 Sep 2010


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (7 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748641513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748641512
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Chris Ackerley is Professor and former Head of English at Otago University, New Zealand. His publications include extensive commentaries on Samuel Beckett and Malcolm Lowry. His speciality is annotation, and he is (with S.E. Gontarski) author of the Grove Press (2004) and Faber (2006) Companion to Samuel Beckett. He has recently edited Watt for Faber. He is writing a monograph on Beckett and Science and annotating several works by Lowry.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Simpson on 16 July 2014
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Another excellent set of annotations from Professor Chris Ackerley. Written in his erudite and yet engaging and witty style, Professor Ackerley's book unpicks the many difficulties and problems of Samuel Beckett's story, including those of publication and those contained in the novel itself.

A non-academic, I first read 'Watt' some time ago and found it very hard going, taking three attempts to finish it. Trying to understand 'Watt' was akin to Moran's study of the dance of the bees. If I'd then had 'Obscure Locks, Simple Keys' to hand, much would have been revealed, and without most of the head-scratching.

However, I've now re-read 'Watt' in parallel with these annotations and on this occasion it's been like revisiting an old friend. If you can't afford the time to deconstruct Beckett's novel yourself but want to learn more about it, then I can't recommend Professor Ackerley's splendid book highly enough.

Just one caveat - the page references are given for the Grove Press and Calder editions but not for the 2009 Faber edition, which happens to be edited by Professor Ackerley.

Jim Simpson
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