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Novels II of Samuel Beckett: Volume II 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, 536 pages
Published March 13th 2006 by Grove Press
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I am now in Book 3 of this 4-volume The Selected Works of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett set of works by the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). I have completed reading all of his 7 novels: (1) Murphy by Samuel Beckett (5 stars) Murphy is about an aging man who plays pacifist chess. I swiftly finished this because my brother liked this so much too; (2) Watt by Samuel Beckett (4 stars) Watt is a servant in an apartment and I stalled reading this for a few months because I could not understand what was going on. Hard-to-follow plot but I did not know it was B ...more
The three novels - Molloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnamable - are considered one of the greatest trilogies written in the 20th century. I must disagree.

When assessing a work of art, I think, one ought to consider at least three things: 1) style; 2) story; and 3) artistic merit against a backdrop of the historical, cultural, and artistic trends of the day.

Did Beckett create a new genre, a new way to write novels and dramas? Undoubtedly yes. 521 pages of constant, disconnected, meaningless blabber,
If you want to experience 'the stream of consciousness' in novels, as far as I know, Beckett's works may interest your curiosity. His narration is simply unique. "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust is of course another famous series.

I've read this volume since 2007 & been busy working till I forgot to open it; the page reached then, p. 143.
I just wanted to recommend these new Grove Centenary editions for their beauty, quality and readability. The trilogy is so much easier to read in this form than in that horrid little old Grove paperback.
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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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