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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.Read more ›
Page after page after page after page after page after page after page after page after page of counting pebbles in your pocket and sucking them is simply tedious to read. And if I keep writing pebble after pebble after page after pebble after page after pebble...guess what everyone? It becomes tedious too. And it's not only tedious, it's talentless.
Groundbreaking? The first time yes, but after that it's a one-trick pony.
Mr Beckett was a very decent, brave chap as well as highly intelligent and multilingual. But I'm not reviewing the person, I'm reviewing this pretentious, tedious, vacuous tripe. Eventually, I read the book not because I enjoyed it, appreciated it or felt taken to a new literary plane but because I was intimidated by the intelligentsia who conned me into believing the emperor had new clothes.
'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.Read more ›
The journey that both central characters take, Molloy in search of his mother, and Moran in search of Molloy, creates an almost circular narrative to events, and the reasons and implications of each character finally meeting up with the person they are after is never made clear, and likewise not achieved in any case by the end of the book. And so we are left where we began, even if somewhat in tune with the ridiculousness and inert pointlessness of time itself, and by the end the characters are left perhaps feeling that way, that a journey is as pointless as its end.
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Very interesting book. I was very pleased to add this to my book collection.
It is well written and in excellent condition.
It's certainly more satisfactory than 'Murphy', Beckett's earlier novel, in my opinion. But it is rather a book of two halves, focusing on two separate protagonists, Molloy, and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Woolco
Reading this book is a haunting experience. It is difficult, littered with insane ramblings and twists but also wonderful literary moments. Read morePublished on 13 April 2015 by Neil Brown
Engaging, intellectually challenging; a book to have by your bedside table when you cannot sleep.Published on 31 Jan. 2015 by Dadio
heavy going but that is what you might expect
hard to get back to after a break
his life history helps
a bit like poetry
things do start to link up
the... Read more
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... Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2014 by Mike Collins