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Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
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May 30, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: french, irish, literature

While most people are familiar with "Waiting for Godot," the play that made him famous, few have braved Beckett's prose writing. Dense and dreamlike only scratch the surface, having been influenced heavily by Joyce and Proust, Beckett sets out to destroy every convention and form of thought available to language, so that we are left with plotless, settingless, and even characterless stories that nonetheless explore the despair and consciousness of what it means to be alive. Not for the casual reader, or even most experienced ones.
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE Yep. I've read all 3 of these. Amazing writing.. but I'm glad I DIDN'T WRITE IT b/c I wdn't want to be in that mindset for as long as it wd've take Beckett to do so..

Eddie Watkins I know what you mean. After I finished reading them I almost felt possessed, like my thought patterns had been altered into those of Beckett's. His prose is great, but there is almost something dangerous about it.

Tait Yes, that was exactly my reaction too, I'm glad somebody else went there already... certainly changed my perspective on writing a great deal.

azfar This trilogy has a certain hypnotic quality to it, despite the difficulty in reading it...

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