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on 2 April 2017
Brilliant play. If you like Pinter, you will love Waiting For Godot.
If you are buying this to study, there is no introduction or critical information.
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on 2 May 2017
Hilarious modernist text. It is a very short and funny play with much deeper messages and themes. A great little read, it made me want to see it live.
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on 2 December 2017
I found this play fairly tiresome. The first act was enjoyable, but the second act is basically just a retread of the first, and all the repetition and nonsense conversations stop being funny and start to become annoying.
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on 28 September 2017
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on 7 April 2017
Studying this for A level, very absurdist and existential.
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on 16 October 2013
What can one say about this ground breaking play? Superb! A good clean copy and and I didn't have to wait for long!
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on 18 July 2017
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on 26 December 2016
Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for the arrival of someone named Godot who never arrives, and while waiting they engage in a variety of discussions and encounter three other characters. This is considered Beckett’s masterpiece in many ways, it became part of what became known as the theatre of the absurd, a phrase coined by theatre critic Martin Esslin in 1961, the movement was a reaction to Nazi concentration camp atrocities, allies’ atomic bombs: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the change in world order: Britain was no longer a super power, the Cold War and the spread of spiritual emptiness in an outwardly prosperous and affluent Western Europe and USA.

Critics have famously called it ‘a play where nothing happens…twice’ and ‘nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!’ It is, of course, not awful, its open to interpretation, there is religious references both in the dialogue and through symbolism, Beckett examines time, the passing of time, the tree they are standing around has leaves, they fall asleep and when they wake up it does not, there are lots of things like this and it may very well be that it has no meaning as the best way to highlight meaningless is to create meaningless itself, but meaning like truth, is subjective and there is plenty of scope for someone to create meaning, there is also a lot of black humour which makes it well worth a read.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 February 2013
The amazing thing about Waiting for Godot is that it has always engendered confusion, uncertainty and half-formed theories. It's puzzling to most viewers and reviewers. So much so, you have to wonder why anyone likes it, since they don't seem to be able to understand it. Yet far from an enigmatic muddle, Godot is crystal clear. It is an Irish vision of Purgatory/Limbo.

All the evidence points to it; no evidence contradicts it. It lets the whole story come together consistently and rationally. Two ragged fellows meet every morning and do nothing all day. Not that there is anything to do - the world is essentially flat, boundless, gray and barren, save for one derisory dead tree. There is no water, no food (save for a single old vegetable in the pocket of one of them - every day), no shelter, no objects of any kind. Not even a place to sit. Estragon is doomed to remember nothing except being beaten up the night before. Every night. Vladimir is cursed with an inkling of having been here and done this before, but can't quite nail it. Total frustration.

They consider suicide, but don't even have the means to do even that little. They are dead men already, so it is redundant. They cross paths with another pair, similarly cursed, and this happens every day with no one remembering the previous encounter. They are doomed to repeat this meaningless activity every day for eternity. And part of it is waiting for a man who they've never met and who never comes. He cancels on them every afternoon.

What fresh hell is this? to borrow from Ms. Parker. They are waiting for God(ot) to decide their eternal fates. And every day, God doesn't show. It's Limbo (since cancelled).

It is precisely the same Limbo envisioned by another great Irish author and playwright, Flann O'Brien, in his last novel - The Third Policeman. In it, the nameless "hero" awakens in a land much like the one he came from, but can't interact with. Instead, his wanderings continually take him to the police station, where the two constables tell him he'll have to wait for the third policeman, who never shows. The police talk endlessly about a bicycle parked there, and whether or not it has moved, is capable of moving, should move, has the will to move, didn't it just move? After 150 pages of this, our hero surmises this can't go on and must be a bad dream, because it's not as if he is dead, he says. And it hits you; yes, of course that's it - he is dead. This is Purgatory. Doomed to endlessly repeat the same boring, pointless rounds all day every day, visiting a deep well of lockers where he can withdraw anything he wants or needs, but he cannot take any of it back up the elevator if it adds even a fraction of an ounce to the personal weight he came down with.

Nonsense. Frustration. Boredom. Futility. Pointlessness. Endlessness. Hopelessness. Agony. There is no climax, no love, no betrayal - the minimum requirements of drama. There's just the same again. That is Beckett and O'Brien's vision of what awaits Irishmen. In other words, more of the same. Forever. That is as powerful as anything truly dramatic, and accounts for Godot's undiminished popularity.

Waiting for Godot is, in more ways than one, timeless.
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on 20 March 2011
Please note the above 'One Star Rating' does not apply to the text of the play. It is merely a reflection of my disappointment to find the notes contained in this particular edition of Waiting for Godot were in German! It may have been wise for someone, anyone to indicate that this was the case BEFORE I purchased it...just a thought.
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