Now published for the first time--Samuel Beckett's first novel, written in the Hotel Trianon in Paris in the summer of 1932 when the author was 26. Recognized as one of the great writers of the 20th-century, Beckett's Waiting for Godot revolutionized contemporary theater and his fiction is ranked by many with that of Joyce and Proust.Now published for the first time--Samuel Beckett's first novel, written in the Hotel Trianon in Paris in the summer of 1932 when the author was 26. Recognized as one of the great writers of the 20th-century, Beckett's Waiting for Godot revolutionized contemporary theater and his fiction is ranked by many with that of Joyce and Proust.Read Less
Beckett's first book written at age 26 in one month ! A youthful experiment in "non sequitur" prose employing French, German and Latin phrases, much of it undecipherable for meaningful content ! The "saving grace" of the book however is the brilliance of the young authors musings: on music, women, religion, and more decidedly upon the meaning of the human experience. As one of his lovers quotes: "We go through lthe world ---like sunbeams through the cracks ! " The strong flavor of existentialism penetrates his prose. Mercifully it is altered with a "Beckettian" sprinkle of optimism: yielding a rewarding read !
Publishers Weekly, 1993-03-08 Although perhaps more accessible, Beckett's previously unpublished first novel features characters, themes, and the unique style characteristic of his later prose works ( More Pricks Than Kicks , Molloy , etc.). Written in English in 1932 when Beckett was 26 and living in Paris, the clearly autobiographical Dream was roundly rejected by publishers. Beckett put it aside, later entrusting it to O'Brien for posthumous publication in order not to offend friends and peers caricatured therein. Main character Belacqua, a writer and teacher, is clearly Beckett himself, although a ``Mr. Beckett'' also appears later in the work. The fair to middling women of the title range from ditzy to abrasive, while one male friend is described as ``a persecution'' and an ``illegitimate cretin.'' Moving from Ireland to France to Germany (and from English to French to German, not to mention Italian and Latin), the novel is a literary smorgasbord. Discussions of music and writing jockey with tantalizing references to Hesse, Dmitiri Karamazov and ``George Bernard Pygmalion'' interrupted by the occasional aside from the narrator--``(Query: why do professors lack the gusts to get sons? Elucidate.)'' Compared to the Nobel Prize winner's later exquisite fiction, poetry and plays, some of the writing in this book seems immature, but it does stand on its own as a lively and thought-provoking read. ( May)
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