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Waiting for Godot: A tragicomedy in two acts Paperback – 1959


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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Faber; First Thus edition (1959)
  • ASIN: B0000CKALW
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,111,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
I first approached this play with my pretension antennae throbbing - from what I had heard I was rather expecting the kind of arty rollocks that is entirely pointless and has me running for the hills. I was pleasantly surprised.

On the face of it, this work is absurd. Nothing happens. And nothing continues to happen. We are treated to the incoherent and disjointed ramblings of Estragon and Vladimir as they wait for Godot to arrive. Or are they waiting for Godot? They don't seem too sure. Other people intrude on their wait in the form of Pozzo and Lucky. More seemingly inane discourse occurs. And once more, nothing continues to happen. But lurking just under the absurdism are some pointed comments on the fate of man, the existence of God, the nature of religion and the class society. And sometimes it is just absurd for the sake of absurdity. The dialogue flows, it seems disjointed yet draws you in, and it makes you think, always probing for the hidden meaning.

As a play on the stage or even as an audio production I really loved it, but I have to say that, along with Shakespeare, I find it very difficult to read. I often dind that with plays though, I love seeing them, but have never been able to read them. So as a book to read I cannot recommend it, but as a play to watch I think it is genius. Still, on the strength of the genius I am still going to award it 5 stars, no need to penalise the book for my own shortcomings as a reader.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Davis on 3 July 2011
Format: Paperback
* NB may contain a spoiler - do not read if you do not want to know the course of this book before reading it! *:

One academic writer, supposed to be an authority on Beckettt's work (see my review of one of his books), finds - or claims to find - deep Buddhist thought, philosophy, and probably even practice in it.

I wonder if he has considered Waiting for Godot in the following way...

The play has five characters, six if you include the named, waited for and talked-about Godot, who, we are told, has sent the last of them to appear (the Boy) to Vladimir (also known as Didi) and Estragon (also known as Gogo - the full name is the French one for tarragon), who have been (one, then the other) on stage from the start, and almost without break throughout the two Acts (although the end of both is, crucially, different - please see below).

The remaining two characters, Pozzo and Lucky (the atter is also known as 'pig', 'hog', 'scum', and a number of other offensive names, by Pozzo) arrive together, halfway through each Act, but seem mightily changed between them: in fact, we actually have no direct way of knowing how time passes, in this timeless and largely featureless space that keeps the characters in it or draws them to it (or through it), such as these two.

Pozzo is grand, pretentious even, and certainly cruel. However, he may not actually have the power either in the place where we see him, or in the relationship beyond his transit of these lands with the other man, Lucky. (At one point, Pozzo asserts or implies (but he alleges many things that we cannot verify) that this is his part of his land).
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