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A Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett (Irish Studies) by Hugh Kenner

By Hugh Kenner

Samuel Beckett, who wrote every thing either in French and English, really good in brief enigmatic texts, implying mammoth visionary works of which the tales are damaged items. Kenner's consultant is designed to assist readers see past the tale in Beckett to the textual content as a complete and to understand the distinctiveness of every of his works.

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Place of Publication: New York. Publication Year: 1973. Page Number: 44. of the 1962 radio play, Words and Music. The man who compares himself to Christ is like Gogo in Waiting for Godot ('All my life I've compared myself to him'). The man whose agitated life is an endless journeying, a via crucis interrupted only by episodes of collapse, will become Molloy, Moran, Malone, Macmann, Mahood, all those weary journeyers of the novels. In these works the themes and situations need no commentary, so direct and so untrammeled is their eloquence.

Place of Publication: New York. Publication Year: 1973. Page Number: 44. of the 1962 radio play, Words and Music. The man who compares himself to Christ is like Gogo in Waiting for Godot ('All my life I've compared myself to him'). The man whose agitated life is an endless journeying, a via crucis interrupted only by episodes of collapse, will become Molloy, Moran, Malone, Macmann, Mahood, all those weary journeyers of the novels. In these works the themes and situations need no commentary, so direct and so untrammeled is their eloquence.

In the first story Belacqua is introduced as a student of Dante, 'stuck in the first of the canti in the moon', and no reader who consults Beatrice's explanation of why the moon has dark patches ( Par. ii, 52-148) will find his difficulties surprising. Beckett's story, ' Dante and the , contains a tacit analogy between the dark patches on Lobster' the moon and the existence of suffering on earth. The dark patches, and Beatrice's rationalizing, represent an intellectual exercise for Belacqua. Street gossip about a condemned man's last day he receives with comparable detachment.

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