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Stark and bewildering,
This review is from: Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts (Paperback)
I read this play more than ten years ago for a course in contemporary drama. At first I was completely lost, considered the dialogue pointless, and found it incredibly boring. However, following a visit to The Gate Theatre in Dublin, my opinion of the play changed entirely - the dialogue's pointlessness made sense finally, the existentialism of the play became comprehensible, not to mention the subtle dark humour. I started to see the brilliance of the play - if we are bored, lost, bewildered, uncertain, unhappy, and at the same time, find humour in this, then the play has achieved its purpose (as I see it). In other words, it reflects the condition of human life as Beckett chose to describe it, and not only this, it succeeds in drawing us deeply into his description and invites us, as reluctant as we may be, to live it through our reading. A brilliant, if rather discomforting reflection on the pain, whispers of humour and ultimate meaninglessness of human life.