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Waiting for Godot

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A seminal work of twentieth century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett's first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater. The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something named Godot. Vladimir and Estra...more
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Published 1953 (first published 1952)
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VLADIMIR: They've called us back.

ESTRAGON: For an encore?

VLADIMIR: No, we're supposed to say what it means.

[A pause]

ESTRAGON: What what means?

VLADIMIR: This play! We have to explain it.

ESTRAGON: And then?

VLADIMIR: [discouraged] I don't know. Maybe Godot will arrive. But again, maybe he won't. He's not very reliable. [Another pause] Still, we can try.

[They both think deeply]

VLADIMIR: Any ideas yet?

ESTRAGON: My boots don't fit. My feet hurt.

VLADIMIR: [furious] Idiot! This isn't about your...more
Aug 28, 2013 Paul marked it as assorted-rants-about-stuff
Review revived - our votes are not being displayed properly and thus our fragile GR egos are curling up on the floor in a fetal position, drooling. It's almost like certain people are so busy opening Swiss bank accounts that they can't find the time to fix the damn bug. No, I did not say that!


I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday

Ah, how true. As you know, the votes we strive for and crawl across barbed wire for and win oh so slowly and painfully are the only way we reviewers can tell...more
Christian Clarke
Sep 30, 2007 Christian Clarke rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Matthew Pilarski: My Goodreads Hero!!!!
I read this book while hang-gliding over the coast of Lichtenstein. It was difficult to grip the jacket of the book, not only because I was airborn, but because the night before I was in Moscow having vodka and gasoline with Luis San Baptista Rodolfo Sr., a ex-foot soldier for the Revolutionary FALN, and my head was POUNDING! I told Luis over a dinner (red cabbage over braised Skeletor Dolls) I had never seen the last episode of Family Ties, and he instantly grew furious, and cried out, "Matushk...more
Jason Koivu
You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round round round

Still absurd. Quite ridiculous. Occasionally philosophical. However, since its completion, the comedy of Waiting for Godot has become commonplace. Because the humor could be said to be Three Stooges-esque at times, one could say this play was even behind the times. I say it could be said, not that I say it is.

Does Waiting for Godot deserve all the attention it has received? After all, it seems to state the meaning...more

It seems that in some ways we are all 'waiting for Godot', at least this is the theme that appears to come through Samuel Beckett's classic and acclaimed two act play. Part of the genius of this play is the fact that it was written as an apparent diversion from the prose Beckett had been writing at the time. To be able to sit down and write a play hailed as the greatest of the 20th Century while working on a longer volume is an act of legendary proportions.

The play itself is both minimalist and...more
Michael Kneeland
As a pretentious senior in high school, I thought I would uber-sheik and take a girl a had a crush on to a play, Waiting for Godot, which I had read in the Comedy, Wit, and Satire English elective that I took the previous year with my favorite high school English teacher, Dr. Stone. How I got the tickets is inconsequential (okay, okay: my dad won them from the radio; my uber-sheik persona just took a big hit), but suffice to say, my crush and I were the youngest members in the crowd. Fortunately...more
Mar 29, 2008 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Those who really love theatre (or work at LottaBurger)
Definitely not for everybody but by God (if he shows up) it's brilliant. But I wouldn't blame anyone for disagreeing with me. Still it's more accessible than you might think -- a student who studied this play with me in one of my university classes had the assignment of memorizing the quite surrealistic Lucky and Potzo monologue. Problem was she was a single mother and between that and her manager's job at the local Lotta-Burger she didn't have much time for home study. Her solution? She gave a...more
Inder Suri
What the fuck did I just read ??


Yes, I should. I should think about it more.
I should sit back in silence and contemplate.


I will. Yes, I will.
No, Not for GODOT.
GODOT. Haah funny name. I hope he looks cool.
But can we see him? I don't know. Do you??
Waiting for Godot would be the most foolish thing to do. I think so.
Okay. So What have you been doing all your Life ?
Dont tell me you were Waiting for Godot. Seriously.

Aaah .. I don't know. I am not gonna wait for Godot.



ESTRAGON: (aphoristic for once). We are all born mad. Some remain so.

Laconically conjured inimically absurd reflections on the ultimate absurd phenomena – LIFE. Sisyphian rock, our destiny, no matter how many times it rolls over yet it has to be taken to the top, infinitesimally repetitively. Ends to this rope? A loop it is. An invisibly circular loop akin to the very earth we inhabit, round yet flat. A loop, but a rope still and our lot to keeping on climbing it with no end in sight yet hope t...more
Rakhi Dalal
Faith”, she said. “You must have faith in something. It is necessary.”

These are the exact words as said to me by a colleague a few days back. Faith. I smiled. I knew I couldn't go ahead and say anything which might upset her. I had seen that urgency in her eyes, with which she seemed to be guarding her words. Watching, lest, she might encounter something unpleasant.

By ‘Faith’ she definitely did mean God.

The conversation brought to my mind the question I have kept asking myself. It has been a se...more
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“We all are born mad. Some remain so."
شهرت جهانی "در انتظار گودو" بیشتر به این خاطر است که در هر مذهب و ایدئولوژی، انسان "در انتظار" چیزی یا کسی ست! واقعیت آن است اما که اگر بیرون از این دایره بایستی و نگاه کنی، "فردا" هم چندان تفاوتی با "امروز" نداشته است. دی دی (ولادیمیر) و گوگو (استراگون) نمادی از انسان اند، در برهوت زندگی، منتظر بهبودی، منتظر "گودو"، منتظر کسی که بیاید و "نان و پپسی را تقسیم کند". اما کسی نیست که بیاید، گیرم ما از جانب او، آمدنش را هر روز به تعویق می اندازیم؛ "فردا" خواهد آم...more
Totally unauthorised translation of Paul's review. It's all Ian's fault (see comment #16).

ESTRAGON : Strunt i det här. Vi drar.

VLADIMIR : Det går inte.

ESTRAGON : Varför då?

VLADIMIR : Vi väntar på topplistorna, eller?


VLADIMIR : Jo, dom! Utan topplistorna vet vi inte vem som är topp och vem som är... öh... botten. Världen är ett enda kaos. Vilken resension är bäst? Vilken slängde sig som en glad lax uppför resensionsforserna för att fortplanta sig i solen?

ESTRAGON : Fan vad du är...more

Seeing an excellent production of a play to which you've previously been indifferent can be life-changing, albeit in a small way. That happened to me today, when I saw the Sydney Theatre Company's production of this play. It was funny, sad, moving and unsettling and I was totally engaged for the three hours of the performance. Beckett's vision is grim and disturbing, but some magic happened as the meaning of his words was explored and embodied on the stage. This is why plays need to be seen and...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Seven in the morning, at a McDonald's. All seats taken. To my left, a pretty lady, in a government-employee uniform, sitting on her chair in a lotus position, engaged in an animated conversation with a young man. To my right a woman with her two kids having breakfast of oil, fat and sugar which one day will kill them all. The piped-in music is toned down, it is the cacophony of voices that wafts in the air. But not all are chattering. Across my table is a man, solitary like myself, busy with his...more
May 17, 2007 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People that hate themselves
Recommended to Eric by: Megan Mandell
Shelves: classic
I was told that this play was brilliant and that Beckett was the best Irish playwright out there.

I disagree wholeheartedly with the first half of that statement: The only thing I found this existential mess to be was irritating. As for the second half of the above statement, I will admit I have never read another Irish playwright, so I cannot say whether Beckett is the greatest or not, but I hope he isn't for the sake of every other Irish playwright and everyone that goes to see Irish plays on...more
Riku Sayuj
Ah, the blindness in the repeat act. It killed me.

btw - Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot in French, not English. Godot does not verbally suggest Dieu.
This stark, strange, and surreal little piece was put together by Samuel Beckett as a side project, an aide in drawing him back from the nether realms of consciousness wherein the gibbering voices of his great trilogy were being poured out onto the written page. I have not been a great consumer of plays as reading material - novellas without the glimpses into the minds of the players - but I enjoy the works of Beckett and Sartre, with their bleak settings, etiolated personalities, and razor-blad...more
It is not often said, but reading a play is not that much different from reading a cooking recipe, and then trying to imagine the experience of the food.

A good and true performance is absolutely necessary for any real understanding of a play. An attentive audience is necessary for performers to generate that magic that ignites experience.

A good playwright knows that attention of an audience can only be achieved if the attention of actors and directors are held by the written word, especially a...more
What a relief!

I had been under the impression that Waiting for Godot was a religious allegory, where Estragon and Vladimir represented the two thieves crucified with Jesus, or society in general; Lucky represented Jesus; Pozzo represented organized religion; and the whole thing was some tortured, surreal / comedic commentary on the pointlessness / necessity of faith. Gar, I thought, if I wanted earnest religious allegory I could just read Life of Pi again, borrrrrrring.

"It's never the same pus f...more

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كم كانت دهشتي وانا احمل (تي شيرت) رجالي خاص بزوجي يحمل العبارة السابقة، (تي شيرت) قديم مطبوعا عليه تلك العبارة بأحجام مختلفة... تلك العبارة التي لم افهم ما هي والـ (تي شيرت) مغر جدا لأن استخدمه كقطعة للتنظيف :)

سألته عن الـ (تي شيرت) الغريب ولماذا أحضر مثله للمنزل فأجابني في هيئة سؤال: مش انتي عندك تي شيرت اللجنة المنظمة لنموذج جامعة الأمم المتحدة من أيام الكليه؟؟

قلت له: آه ومحتفظة بيه جديد زي ما هو كتذكار

فرد: ده بقى تذكار من محا...more
Mar 29, 2009 C. rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: pour le monde pas pour la guerre
Recommended to C. by: 106-102 Modern and Contemporary Literature
I learned some interesting things about Samuel Beckett today, for example that he exercised ridiculously harsh control over his work which now is continued by his estate. Also that his life overlapped mine by 22 days, and damn, for some reason that was a kick in the guts.


This is hilarious.

Vladimir: I don't understand.
Estragon: Use your intelligence, can't you?
Vladimir uses his intelligence.
Vladimir: (finally). I remain in the dark.
The more I read it, the more I see it performed, the more I love it. Beckett, I hear, was famous for refusing to comment on his work. About Godot, all he would say was, "It means what it says." It's not nihilist. It's not existentialist. It just is. And, when physically performed on stage by good actors, it's pretty funny, too.

That, however, doesn't stop me from drawing a few conclusions. I believe the play's most important accheivement is its multi-layered commentary on the relationship between...more
Okay, questa è una di quelle situazioni in cui c'è talmente tanto da dire, che uno preferisce annuire in modo profondo e star zitto.
E basta.

Lasciamo una memoria, però.

Ho 16 anni.
Mi sto formando, sto costruendo una sorta di visione della vita nel modo più possibile adatto a me, sincero e giustamente critico.
Due anni fa mi avviai a quello che era il pensiero di Beckett, ma in una forma meno "articolata", forse più ottimista. Woody Allen.

(insomma, non venitemi a dire che non ci sono delle analo...more
Nothing happens and it means everything. I enjoyed this, but largely because I watched it on Youtube when I was supposed to be doing nothing. Pbbbbbt.

(Takes off Vladimir's hat. Drools.)
Mamdouh Abdullah
دراما اللامعقول, مسرح العبث, المسرح الطليعي. المسرح الجديد المسرح المضاد. كل هذه المصطلحات تصب في هدف واحد, وتحمل نفس المعنى والأفكار, وتسير على طريقة معينة رغم تعدد الأساليب والأصوات.

لنختصر هذه المصطلحات في مصطلح واحد هو دراما اللامعقول, حتى يتكشف كل شيء عن روح هذا المسرح وأفكاره. على أرض الواقع, لا توجد هناك مدرسة فنية أو حركة فكرية تطلق على نفسها هذا الاسم. ربما لو أوقفت المسرحي الحائز على جائزة نوبل صاموئيل بيكيت وهو خارج من مقهاه الباريسي, وسألته هل هو يتبع دراما اللامعقول, لأجاب غاضباً أنه...more
The first time I read this book, when I was reading it for a friend in college, someone who took the literary courses we engineers didn't have room for, I LOVED it and just laughed at all the humor. It was the freedom in it that struck me. I didn't realize anyone else knew these things. They're things people don't talk about. It struck like a fresh wind that someone recognized about life what seemed to obvious to me. It is a hilarious play. I'd love to see it performed someday.

When I read it aga...more
Jul 13, 2007 Jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who've already read "Endgame"
There's really nothing that I can write about this book that hasn't already been written. So, confident in the knowledge that nobody will ever read this, I'm going to jot down a few thoughts for posterity (my own personal posterity, as I intend never to have children).

The play is shot through with a cultural amnesia, and even the straight man (I would, incidentally, throw my lot in with Vladimir as best candidate for that particular title) seems to be on the knife's edge between amnesiac and his...more
Stephen M
Having just watched this, I realized that my previous way of pronouncing "Godot" was probably incorrect. Such a plebeian, I said "guh-doe" instead of "god-oe" as its pronounced in the movie and therefore I assume as it was intended. This gives a pretty interesting reading of a play where two men wait for "GOD-oe" and are told that "GOD-oe" will soon see them and their only contact is through messengers. And then there's all the religious references.

Ah, Beckett, you clever bastard. This little ex...more
Al Grey

هذا المسرحية تحتوي عبثية وعدمية مقلقة .. تصور عبثية الإنسان في حياته ، أو بؤسه و هو ينتظر الموت .. أو ربما تتحدث من منطلق لاهوتي .. و بعضهم قال أن الكتاب صور العبثية التي كان يشعر بها الإنسان بعد الحروب التي مرت بتلك الفترة .. من يعلم ؟!

هذا النص قابل لألف تأويل .. قرأت تعليق عليه وكان صائبا فعلا ، و هو أن الكتاب يتحدث لكل قارئ بشكل مختلف

أول مرة أقرأ لصاموئيل بيكيت .. و للحق فهو عبقري حقا.. سيرميك الكتاب في عاصفة وجودية في اللامعنى ، صدقني .. إن لم تفهم الكتاب فاستيقن بانك فهمته

هذا الكتاب سيسا...more
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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.

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“The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.” 401 likes
“Je suis comme ça. Ou j'oublie tout de suite ou je n'oublie jamais."

Samuel BECKETT, En attendant Godot

I'm like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget.
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