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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  85,469 ratings  ·  2,652 reviews
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 1954 by Grove Press (first published 1952)
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Manny
ACT III

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
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Paul Bryant
Oct 01, 2014 Paul Bryant marked it as assorted-rants-about-stuff  ·  review of another edition
Review revived again to mark the three month anniversary of the Top Lists being frozen....

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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 we're still alive. We need the hit that only weekly Top Lists can give us. And yes, you could describe the inexplicable absence of up to date Top Reviewer and Best Review Lists as a "first world problem" if you were being really mean, but still, reviewers are pe
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Christian Clarke
Aug 12, 2014 Christian Clarke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 airborne, 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, "Matush ...more
Jibran
“What happened?"
“Nothing happened.”
“Why did nothing happen?
“How would I know?”
“You would know.”
“I would?”
“Yes.”
“How I would know?”
“Because you read it.”
“Did I?”
“Yes.“
“How do you know?”
“It is on your shelf.”
“So?”
“You rated it.”
“What does it mean?”
“It means you have read it.”
“Oh I have.”
“So what happened?”
“Nothing happened.”
“Why did nothing happen?”
“Because they were waiting for Godot.”

Waiting and nothing – I could take these two words and use them in as many combinations as the rules of probabili
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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
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Jonathan

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
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Sean
Mar 29, 2008 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Bookworm Sean
Who wants to see a play in which nothing happens? Who wants to see a play in which the characters make little or no sense? Who wants to see a play in which the same senseless nothingness is repeated in the second and only other act? Not me that’s for sure. I honestly don’t think I could sit through a production of this, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate its artistic merit on the page.

Nothing happens, but that is the beauty of it.

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A famous theatre reviewer once said “this is a play in wh
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Inder Suri
What the fuck did I just read ??

THINK!

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


WAIT!

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.

Hmmm..


Uhhhh..




Shoul
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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
Tej
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
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Aubrey
ESTRAGON: I tell you I wasn't doing anything.
VLADIMIR: Perhaps you weren't. But it's the way of doing it that counts, the way of doing it, if you want to go on living.
I've no idea how I'd have reviewed this had the Charleston church shooting not occurred. For those not in the US-centric know, a white man drove for two hours to reach one of the oldest black churches in the country, attended the prayer amidst the crowd for a while, and then opened fire on the congregation, killing nine people. O
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Raeleen Lemay
well.... that was a strange time. I'm glad I finally read it though!

Lucky's enormous monologue right around the middle of the play was wild and confusing and kind of hilarious. I would love to see that performed.
Mahdi


من زیاد نمایشنامه نخوندم، ولی این، یکی از بهترین هایی بوده که خوندم.

بکت در این نمایشنامه، بشر را به تصویر میکشد که زندگی اش، در انتظار آرمان هایی که نه می شناسد و نه برای رسید بهشان تلاشی می کند، می پوسد و زنگ می زند. بکت این درونمایه ی تلخ را، در یک طنز آبسورد می گنجاند.

ولادیمیر و استراگون، دو دوستند که هر روز، پای درختی در انتظار گودو می نشینند. گودو، آرمان و آرزوی آن هاست؛ ولی آنان به یاد ندارند که کی و کجا این گودو آرمانشان شده و حتی از او چه می خواهند؟

روزها انتظار، باعث پیر شدنشان می شود.
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Yousra

Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot


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
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علی
“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
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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.
Manny
I'm waking this one up as well, to show solidarity with Paul. More pointless postmodern protests, please!

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?

ESTRAGON : Å. Dom.

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 slä
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Kim

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
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Teresa
TERESA - Estou perdida, Samuel. Não sei como interpretar esta peça. Ajuda-me.

SAMUEL - Diz-me o que viste...

TERESA - Um cenário numa estrada, junto de uma árvore, ao anoitecer;
As personagens: Estragon, Vladimir, Lucky, Pozzo, um Menino,...

SAMUEL - E que fazem?

TERESA - Representam a Condição Humana.
"Dão à luz montados num túmulo, o dia brilha por um instante, e depois fica outra vez noite."

SAMUEL - Tens a certeza?

TERESA - Não. Mas senti. Fazes-me rir e chorar, Samuel.

SAMUEL - Se não queres sent
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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
Kamran
معنا باختگی و تئاتر ابزورد : انسانی سرگشته در جهانی بی رحم


هبوط واقعی انسان نه در عدن، بلکه در قرن ما رخ داده است.بعد از انباشت بیش از حد تاریخ،ما معصومیت لازم برای اعتقاد به هرگونه توجیه بیشتر را از دست داده ایم.تنها قطعیاتی که مانده اند،جعلی بودن همه ساختارهای تفسیری و غیرقابل فهم بودن اساسی تجربه انسان بدون حضور این ساختارهاست
اریک لوی/ بکت و ندای انواع


تئاتز ابزورد تصویری آرایش نشده از هستی آدمی در عصری را به تصویر می کشد که با فروپاشی ارزش های انسانی و سلب امکان تعامل و مراوده میان آدمیان، پو
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Eric
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
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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
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Szplug
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
Carmo Santos
Tragicomédia absurda onde o mais importante não está escrito mas adivinha-se atrás das palavras. Deixa uma sensação estranha... de tanto que nos faz rir quando deveria fazer-nos chorar.
Uma farsa para nos pôr a pensar.
Estaremos todos à espera de um Godot?
...entretanto, não saimos do lugar...

Desde que li "A Casa de Bernarda Alba" que não ficava com tanta vontade de ver uma peça de teatro.
Alex
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
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Anoud


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
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Chiara Pagliochini
«We are no longer alone, waiting for the night, waiting for Godot, waiting for… waiting».

Il signor Samuel Beckett sapeva un paio di cose circa l’aspettare. Per esempio, dovette aspettare 41 anni prima di capire che il teatro (non la poesia, non il racconto, non il romanzo) era il contenitore ideale della sua scrittura. Se ogni romanzo imprigionava il suo spirito come un barattolo di vetro, il teatro era il martelletto con cui battere il vetro per mandarlo in frantumi, liberando così la potenza
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