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Waiting for Godot

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Samuel Beckett, one of the great avant-garde Irish dramatists and writers of the second half of the twentieth century, was born on 13 April 1906. He died in 1989. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. His centenary will be celebrated throughout 2006 with performances of his major plays, but the most popular of them all will be, without doubt, the play with which h ...more
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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
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What happened?"
“Nothing happened.”
“Why did nothing happen?
“How would I know?”
“You would know.”
“I would?”
“How I would know?”
“Because you read it.”
“Did I?”
“How do you know?”
“It is on your shelf.”
“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
Ahmad Sharabiani
En Attendant Godot = Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo), wait for the arrival of someone named Godot, who never arrives, and while waiting they engage in a variety of discussions and encounter three other characters.

Waiting for Godot is Beckett's translation of his own original French-language play, En attendant Godot, and is subtitled (in English only) "a tragicomedy in two acts". ...

Sean Barrs
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reads, plays
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.


A famous theatre reviewer once said “this is a play in wh
Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Matthew Pilarski: My Goodreads Hero!!!!
I read this book while hang-gliding over the coast of Liechtenstein. 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, "Matus ...more
Mark André
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most entertaining and uplifting stories you will ever come across. Every time I get done with this read I feel wonderful and inspired. Why? Because Beckett sees the truth about being human: there is Nothing to be done. And laughter is such a potent weapon against despair.
Paul Bryant
Jul 28, 2012 marked it as probably-never  ·  review of another edition
Review revived again to mark the three month anniversary of the Top Lists being frozen....


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
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, french
A nice homage would be to write nothing.


That is what I wrote this afternoon. Before that, a friend told me to write something. He was so sure that I could. I am never sure about what I can or cannot do. But he thought so. That was nice.

Nothing much happened after that, until another kind friend paid this review a visit and said "to wait". And "if he does not show up tomorrow..." Well, what is to be done then? There are messengers that assured me he would come. I will keep waiting. Contemplating
Waiting for Godot still waits for a review. I wonder if it will ever come. While pondering on the possibility of a review, I think about whether I liked it or not. I can't even say that, so technically, ...

... I am still waiting ... for the rating ... as well ...

It is in the stars. I added some for decoration. They are quite meaningless, but yellow dots please my Scandinavian eyes.

It is about nothing, really. But Nothing was already taken by Henry Green - and also filled with so much of everyt
Glenn Russell
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Waiting for Godot in Antarctica

An audience gathers to preview a screening of a new version of this Samuel Beckett play. The directed striped his rendition down to bare existential black and white by filming in Antarctica and using penguins as actors. The problem of dialogue is solved by the technique of voice-over.

In the first act, two penguins stand on bleak, snow-covered ice. There’s a close up of one penguin. The voice-over says, “Nothing to be done.”

The camera slowly scans to the other peng
Vit Babenco
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for Godot is a powerful allegory of human life and religion – we spend our time waiting and then one day we die. Waiting is a bore but it is much easier and safer to wait than to do.
One of the thieves was saved. It's a reasonable percentage.

Are we all thieves waiting for salvation? Or do we wait for someone who would resolve all our insignificant problems?
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
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4 out of 5 stars to Waiting for Godot, written in 1952 by Samuel Beckett. Mankind in general is made up of both passive and active people. In Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play Waiting for Godot, there are four characters who can be directly compared to universal mankind. Estragon and Vladimir are considered passive people because they sit back and let life pass them by, unlike Pozzo and Lucky, who are active people because they live new adventures from day to day. Samuel Be
Mark André
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
The dilemma of being human:
Why does it happen at all?
Where do we go when it ends?
The perpetual struggle between hope and despair.
Sincere and heartwarming in an odd sort of way.
David Schaafsma
“Let's go."

"We can't."

"Why not?"

"We're waiting for Godot.”

Samuel Beckett, though known for being one of the bleakest writers ever, was a big fan of American film comedians, including the sadsack Buster Keaton. Here’s a short film, 21 minutes long, “the Goat:” (Oh, come on, just loot at it for a minute!)

but particularly Laurel and Hardy, who I have always thought were a kind of model for the hapless and loveable Didi and Gogo. Here’s a 20 minute film, “
Natalia Yaneva
Bulgarian review below/Ревюто на български е по-долу
In many of the film scores which he composed, Hans Zimmer includes a ticking clock motif. In “Dunkirk” he even used the so-called Shepard tone – an auditory illusion whose pitch sounds like it is constantly ascending, although it remains the same. In his play Samuel Beckett also hangs an imaginary giant clock (perhaps on that same lonely tree where the characters want to hang themselves) to tick time away for Estragon and Vladimir, but give
Samra Yusuf
All we’ve to do is to sit for a while with ourselves, leaving all what we’ve invented ourselves to be busy with apart, the people thronging us around, the works on due, the dates to meet, the places to reach, the days to come. Just make the life silent outside you, sit and think about all that which has gone by the wind, sit and look at ourselves real deep, at our past actions, the struggles of us that transformed into strengths, the loves we weren’t brave enough to embrace or the ones who left ...more
Jason Koivu
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Rakhi Dalal
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, beckett
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

GODOT (sitting in the Mezzanine) - What if I were to show up on the stage? It would cause quite a stir.

DODO (lady sitting randomly next to Godot) – Oh, no, please don’t … That would be absurd… Who do you think you are?

GODOT – Please....let me…, just for a laugh.

DODO – What are you waiting for then?

Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Waiting for Godot" is a play that merits being read about once every decade of your life. My reasoning behind this is very simple: the play deals with the ideas of God, faith, daily living, death, our interactions with those we care about (and those we don't) and about the perceived hopelessness of hope. In short, things that we deal with on a daily basis. These fundamental aspects of life are also things that we change our views on as we age and get different life experiences under our belt.
[Curtains Fall]

Stage: I lived good, within all of you. Heck! You would not even survive a second without me. Why? I even took that wretched boot and that stinky feet on my chest!

Feet: Ha.. Stinky you say! Did you ever eavesdrop into Beckett’s mind when he was scribbling? Ah, I was the one who inspired him. Not some dumbheads as they would like to believe.

Human: Come on, now! Really? Like can someone be so obnoxiously imbecile? No wonder you both have no identity without me. Subtract my dialogu
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Rebecca McNutt
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, classic, fiction
Waiting for Godot is deep, dark and bold, exploring many complex and surprising themes. My favourite Beckett novel next to Mercier and Camier (Ironically, both Waiting for Godot and Mercier and Camier inspired the 19th episode of the Canadian TV series Once A Thief, a show I absolutely love from the 1990's. Waiting for Godot is philosophical but not in a pretentious way, and isn't afraid to break boundaries by introducing themes of everything from bizarre humor to suicide (luckily these two prot ...more
Jonathan Terrington

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
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.
Inder Suri
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, e-books, 2012
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?
Don't tell me you were "Waiting for Godot." Seriously!

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



Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This epitome of the "Theater of the Absurd" is about the meaninglessness of life, about the void of nothingness. Sound cool? Obviously--and yet for some reason there is this nagging feeling that this is one of the greatest jokes of all time--this is as inherently anti-art as dadaism. It has diverse interpretations which is perfectly fine--its as if we are all children sifting some gross turd around to see what kinds of figures it can create! "Godot" begs to be made something of, & that is the be ...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
Sidharth Vardhan
“Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful."

God and Shoes

'Waiting for Godot' is one of those art works that draws out life in its rudest form. It is stripped down to its bones and thus is often skinned into various interpretations.

Most common one being that it is an Allegory on Christianity.Two lead characters are two schools of Christianity, Lucky is Christ, Pozzo corrupted form of religion and Godot is God. There is a lot of Christianity in the play to back this interpretation.

Nothing happened in this book I am using this space to try to learn to use dictation. But nothing is happening in that case either because I cannot get Alexa to give me a new paragraph. Maybe kindle can tell me what to say. There must be a magic word. If I say, your paragraph she just writes in paragraph if I say new line she just writes new line if I say give me a new line she will not give me a new mine if I say return button Or return tab nothing. So you see nothing's happening here
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