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Novels I of Samuel Beckett: Volume I of The Grove Centenary Editions

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Edited by Paul Auster, this four–volume set of Beckett's canon has been designed by award-winner Laura Lindgren. Available individually, as well as in a boxed set, the four hardcover volumes have been specially bound with covers featuring images central to Beckett's works. Typographical errors that remained uncorrected in the various prior editions have now been corrected ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 13th 2006 by Grove Press

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Jan 29, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it
Two years ago, 22nd February 2012, I bought a complete set of Samuel Beckett's works. It is composed of 4 hefty books that include all his novels, plays, poems and literary criticisms. I read it right away but got stalled so many times. Not that his works are not fully engaging but their meanings are not easy to grasp for probably somebody like me who is not a literature graduate in college. Beckett's books have now became a distraction whenever I wanted to be delighted with beautiful and intrig ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing
When I purchased the four-volume The Grove Centenary Editions of Samuel Beckett Boxed Set in 2007, I went straight to the second volume, having read all of Beckett's plays and then The Complete Short Prose, 1929-1989 on the recommendation of my unreciprocated college crush, Katherine E. Ellison, who had also recommended to me the Trilogy of Molloy (1951), Malone Dies (1951), and The Unnamable (1953). I didn't know much about these early books, which on glancing through, look startling con ...more
Dec 07, 2014 James rated it really liked it
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The interesting aspect to this collection is seeing Beckett's writing before he found voice and gave up writing about anything, which is to say everything. Murphy is surprisingly straightforward story for Beckett. The exploration of what is a body and what is the mind is achingly too obvious. Although, Murphy contains one of the best opening sentences in all of literature: "The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new." Murphy finds Beckett trying to be too witty for his own good.

Mar 12, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
This was the first I'd ever read of Beckett's fiction, having some familiarity with his stage and film works. Anyway, it comes to me at a time when I've been reading a lot about Modernism as an aesthetic movement so I was thinking a lot about Murphy, Watt, and Mercier and Camier as not only works on their own but trying to get at something angry and political with their absurdity. All three novels seem to take place in the same kind of mystic Irish Night Town of Ulysses or The Third Policeman wh ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
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Amazing. Also, I think, very unique; the tendency is to call these 'Joycean' but the sense of humor is so overt and the characters so very vibrant and *immediate* (and the narrative voice has more 'personality', not quite Joyce's god paring his fingernails---more like a God clipping his fingernails, disgusted at the dirt).

Read these. They are astonishing, and not really 'difficult' or anything to fear.
Aug 06, 2007 Danielle rated it really liked it
very hard read. intellectual vocabulary is just the first obstacle with Beckett. reading with notes is recommended. i love the literature - MUCH different from the NY Times best sellers.
Feb 05, 2013 Thirthankar rated it it was amazing
A beautiful edition of one of the most thought provoking authors of the last century. Must have for Samuel Beckett fans.
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Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in France for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced
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