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Molloy

(The Trilogy #1)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,256 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Molloy, the first of the three masterpieces which constitute Samuel Beckett’s famous trilogy, appeared in French in 1951, followed seven months later by Malone Dies (Malone meurt) and two years later by The Unnamable (L’Innommable). Few works of contemporary literature have been so universally acclaimed as central to their time and to our understanding of the human experie ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published January 12th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1951)
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Brent Legault
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had this book with me while at the beach. The beach was cold. It was mid-spring and it was New England. I stood and I looked at the sea. The sea looked grey.

First, I put the book in my front-right pants pocket. Then I took it out, transferring it to my right shirt pocket. I then removed it and put it in my left-front pants pocket. I let it sit there for a minute while I measured the waves and then I took it out and again put it into my right-front pants pocket. Then I immediately pulled it out
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°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
"To him who has nothing it is forbidden not to relish filth"

*Ένα αυτιστικό αριστούργημα*


Το βιβλίο του λόγου της ψυχής. Η ψυχή της μνήμης. Η προσμονή της λήθης και η απόλυτη μοναξιά σε έναν κόσμο γεμάτο υποκείμενα και αντικείμενα,σκιές,αποστάσεις,
φώτα,θεάματα και λόγια,λόγια απελπισμένα.

Ψίθυροι ματαιότητας. Μοιραίες κραυγές. Ουρλιαχτά καταδικασμένων στην απομόνωση ψυχών.
Ένας σοκαριστικός μονόλογος απο την αρχή ως το τέλος.

Ο Μολλόυ είναι ένας άσκοπα περιπλανώμενος ήρωας. Ζωντανός για τον εαυτό
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Molloy (The Trilogy #1), Samuel Beckett (Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet)
On first appearance the book concerns two different characters, both of whom have interior monologues in the book. As the story moves along the two characters are distinguished by name only as their experiences and thoughts are similar. The novel is set in an indeterminate place, most often identified with the Ireland of Beckett's birth. It was written in Paris, along with the other two b
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Kalliope




Here I am, turning on my computer and waiting until I can login. I have to write about this Beckett novel that has no paragraphs for the first half and seems sordid and baffling as few others things I have read. As the sun enters through the window I remember his passage on the moon. Anyway, this is the story of a journey, not through the woods of Dante or those of both Molloy and his yin & yang Moran, but through my rating. For if I sensed the 'one star only' when I entered Molloy’s soft an
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Gaurav
Beckett's absurd world,intertwined with eccentric humor, flows like stream of memories which are incoherent to each other. The narrative gets sordid and bemusing at times, but it's certainly worth to read and definitely something I haven't laid my hands upon yet.
Sepinood Ghiami
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-blowing
خواندنی ترین ِ خواندنیها، تصویر ِ نبوغ ِ یک نویسنده


نوشتن از مالوی سخت است. خواندنش هم. مالوی کتابیست که نیاز به زمان گذاشتن دارد؛ خوانندهی صبور میخواهد و ریزبین؛ خوانندهای که سختنویسیهای صد و سی صفحهی ابتدای کتاب را به جان ِ دل بخرد، بخواند و دقیق بخواند، ذهن ِ راوی را بکاود و در نهایت، در قسمت دوم، بتواند اگرچه نه عمق ِ نظر، اما دست ِ کم سطح ظاهری ِ داستان را ببیند.

مالوی در دو قسمت نوشته شده. قسمت اول شامل صد و سی صفحه است که فقط دو پاراگراف دارد. پاراگراف اول، در دو صفحه تمام میشود و پار
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رؤیا
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
"در سرم چند پنجره هست, که من از وجودشان آگاهم, اما شاید همیشه فقط یک پنجره باشد, که به شکل های متفاوت رو به جهان در گذر باز میشود"

مالوی اولین کتاب از سه گانه معروف ساموئل بکت (مالوی, مالون می میرد, و نام ناپذیر) نویسنده و شاعرمعروف ایرلندی که به خاطر علاقه اش به فرانسه و سالها زندگی و تحصیل در آنجا بیشتر آثارش را به زبان فرانسوی نگاشته است ....مالوی هم مانند بیشتر آثار بکت در فضایی نامشخص و با زبانی طنز از فقر معنوی انسانی و آشفتگی هایش میگوید...

مالوی مردی که در اتاق مادرش نشسته یا به نظر میرسد
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Sawsan
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية يسود فيها الغموض والشك .. فصلين عن شخصيتين
كل منهما يحكي في مونولوج طويل عن نفسه وأفكاره ومشاهداته
سرد سريالي مسترسل, الأحداث المحكية غير مؤكدة, قد تكون أو لا
البحث هو الشيء المشترك بين مولوي وموران, وكلاهما لا يصل في النهاية
Fergus
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
Stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go...
Lennon & McCartney

Molloy is a gentle soul. Blithe and aimless, he wanders about the rural countryside sucking stones - small smooth pebbles he keeps in his pocket for just such an express purpose. O Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind! But one day a private investigator enters into his sociably-averse orbit, and dogs poor Molloy’s tracks relentlessly...

In 1941 Samuel Beckett’s world imploded.

His employe
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Fidel S.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, novels
Molloy es la historia de un hombre que busca a su madre.

No, espera...

Molloy no es una historia.

Molloy es el monólogo de alguien que buscó a su madre.

Mmm. No sé.

¿Molloy es la transcripción del monólogo de alguien que desea entender por qué el mundo se detiene ante sí cada vez que abre los ojos, y en cambio los objetos siguen su curso en cuanto los cierra...?

Tal vez esto sea más acertado.

Molloy es alguien que desde su habitación inventa por qué salió a buscar a su madre.

Eso sí. Sí.

¿Por qué lo
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K.D. Absolutely
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
Very interesting novel. Definitely hard to read but it's worth all the while. I struggled to find time to read this as there are so many other books that you don't need to repeat reading many lines because they are easier to understand. However, reading Beckett is like reading Joyce (James). The struggle makes them different. It is as if, they wanted to be different from all the rest. They wanted to give us a memorable experience that we would never get from reading easy-to-understand mainstream ...more
Ruzica
This is definitely one of the most amazing books I've had a chance to read. It's crazy, bizarre and yet very skillfully written and complex. Somehow it manages to grasp all those thoughts that appear and disappear within one second, thoughts that actually cannot be said, because they are more like a flash, then a clear idea of something.
Probably it would be for the best if I read other 2 parts of trilogy and then judge the whole package.
SN
4.5 stars
I struggled to finish this, and each time I wanted to stop I, somehow, felt compelled to read on. “Just one more and I’m putting this down,” I said to myself more than once. Molloy (both the fictional character and the book) are strange, and I’m going for an understatement here.

Beckett allows his literary cup to runneth over throughout the book. On paper, he brings chaos to life, and thus satisfies the Great God of Rambling through describing, down to the infinitesimal detail—and unapo
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Khashayar Mohammadi
My main problem with this "Stream-of-Consciousness" brand of modernist writing has always been that although there are passages that explore niche and uncharted realms of the psyche in the most illuminating and unprecedented ways; I find myself plowing through noticeable chunks of somewhat unreadable material to get there.

One day I wish to read a Beckett novel without completely disregarding big chunks of it; one day I wish I can sit down and read a Beckett novel from start to finish and have a
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João Fernandes
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
"There somewhere man is too, vast conglomerate of all of nature's kingdoms, as lonely and as bound. And in that block the prey is lodged and thinks himself a being apart. Anyone would serve. But I am paid to seek. I arrive, he comes away. His life has been nothing but a waiting for this, to see himself preferred, to fancy himself damned, blessed, to fancy himself everyman, above all others. Warmth, gloom, smells of my bed, such is the effect they sometimes have on me. I get up, go out, and ever ...more
Fionnuala
I thought a lot while I was reading this. I thought about birth and death, the body and ageing, fathers and sons, mothers and nature, duty and freedom. I believe that a book that makes me think is a great book. Full stop.

Some interesting quotes:
pinpointing one of the interesting dilemmas about writing autobiography: "...that must again be unknown to me which is no longer so and that again fondly believed, which then I fondly believed, at my setting out. And if I occasionally break this rule, it
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Zadignose
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century
Perfect. Brilliant. Mysterious. Funny. Containing invented words. Musing on the nature of narrative.

Random quotes follow:

"I am still alive then. That may come in useful."

"Not to want to say, not to know what you want to say, not to be able to say what you think you want to say, and never to stop saying, or hardly ever, that is the thing to keep in mind, even in the heat of composition."

"Can it be we are not free? It might be worth looking into."

"...the moon was moving from left to right, or the
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Soroor HNV
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
شاید عجیبترین کتابی که تا الان خواندهام. مفهوم تلخی، پوچی، انتظار و انتظار، ضدمعنا و غیرخطی بودن به بهترین شکل توسط بکت نوشته شده. همه چیز کلافی سردرگم است. نحوه روایت گاهی مالیخولیایی می شود و گاهی بسیار منطقی. توصیفات و توضیحات طولانی و عبث جزئیات کاملا بی معنا و بی فایده. انتظار و حرکت کرم وار برای رسیدن به مقصدی که معلوم نیست اصلا وجود داشته باشد. انسان هایی که به هم تبدیل می شوند، یا تکرار همدیگرند و درنهایت معلوم نمی شود چه کسانی هستند. همه چیز از یک درد ناشناخته شروع می شود. این اولین کتا ...more
Chris_P
Molloy by Samuel Beckett

There's nothing to see here, fellow Goodreaders. No review or anything that would resemble one. Trying to write a review on Molloy is like trying to describe a bad trip you had on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. Best case scenario, a waste of time. So, no review here. Nothing to see.
Edward
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh, Modernism, what am I going to do with you? You tread recklessly that line between brilliance and wank. What is this magnificent garbage? It has no form to define it, no motive to propel it. Who are these people; what on earth are they doing? What the hell is this even about? Is there genius in the subversion of the narrative form, or is this just a cheap trick; a honey-pot for the gullible and the pretentious? I lean toward the former, but I am not completely convinced. Like the works of Kaf ...more
نعیمه بخشی
کتاب آسونی نیست ولی بعد از یه مدت خوندن و خوندن انگار دیگه عادت میکنی به اینکه قرار نیست اتفاق خاصی بیفته. انگار تنیده میشی به متن و کلمهها و پاراگرافها مثل یه گیاه رونده کل مغزت رو میپوشونن و دیگه نمیتونی فکر کنی؛ میذاری راوی توی هیچ بودن کل ماجرا سهیمت کنه. گوش میدی به صدای ذهنش و فکر میکنی توی کلاف بزرگی درست وسط جمجمهی یه آدم دیگه گرفتار شدی.
توی بخش دوم احساس کردم مالوی شاید اصلا یه آدم به خصوص نیست. انگار مالوی یه وضعیت بود که براساس یه سری شرایط ممکن بود توش گرفتار بشی. مالوی شدن گمونم با
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Inderjit Sanghera
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Degradation and vagrancy vacillate within the strange, surreal and at times ghastly world of Samuel Beckett’s novels-Proust once wrote that writers are in essence translators of their own inner consciousness and whereas Proust’s writing is inherent incandescent and poetic, Beckett’s is moribund and morbid, yet unique and captivating. Proust’s world is one of madelines and hawthorns, whereas Beckett’s is of tramps and turpitude.

‘Molloy’ follows two principal characters-the vagrant Molloy and his
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Steve
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Excruciating. I'm thinking about starting a shelf called Books-That-Piss-Me-off. Oh, Beckett can write. The first section (Molloy), has a weirdness that suggests great literature, and for all of Beckett's reputation for being an austere writer, he can be quite lyrical. Let's see: glimpses of Dante, especially with the position of the sun, Sophocles (I think), World War I (I think), and, being Irish-Modern, shit. Excepting the last, the others kept me going, intrigued to see where Beckett was lea ...more
Amir
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
"مالوی، منطقه تو وسیع است، تو هرگز از آن خارج نشده ای و هرگز هم خارج نخواهی شد و به هر سو که سرگردان شوی، و در حریم مرزهای دوردستش به هر کجا که بروی، همه چیز همیشه همان خواهد بود که هست."
صدو سی صفحه بدون پارگراف پر از یکنواختی و بی معنایی زندگی.
علیرغم فرم و محتوای نگارشش ، حداقل بخش اولش همچنان جذابه؛ توصیف ها و فضاسازی های فوق العاده ای داره؛ اون قسمت مکیدن سنگریزه ها و دغدغه اش در مورد تحوه توزیع سنگریزه ها تو جیبهای شلوار و کتش خیلی خوب بود.

ظرف زمانی داستان باید برا اروپای بعد از جنگ جهانی دو
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Darwin8u
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I finished this book in one day. Well no, that isn't quite true. I did finish it - mostly - but it took me nearly 3 days to read. Understand? Well that is a different order of things completely. The more I read the less I knew until I was left with only and echo of Joyce and some faint smell of Kafka. Not that I'm averse or even obverse to either Kafka or Joyce (either their smell nor sound). Beckett for me is a fun-drunk version of Kafka and a bad-ass, funhouse reflection of Joyce.
Ahmed
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية دسمة، غريبة، مربكة، بها من العمق الأدبي بما يليق بكاتبها، والأهم أنها تحتاج تركيز وطاقة كبيرة للإلمام بكل تفاصيلها، والترجمة كانت موفقة جدا، ولكن الرواية صعبة فعلا.
Xandra
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would lie if I said Molloy isn’t a very sad book so I’ll say it, Molloy is a very sad book. Molloy will also make you laugh out loud in a “life is awful and absurd. haha. oh shit!” sort of way. It talks about a reality stylized by unconsciousness and more honest in its absurdity than reality itself. It’s cynical, depressing, oneiric and dark humored and it’s replete with all the less gleeful trademarks of existence: the dormant sadness that springs forth whenever one questions their presence i ...more
Ahmad Dakka
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية عميقة الدلالة والمعنى ، صعبة وتحتاج القراءة ببطء وقد تشعر معها بالتعب وهذا ان دل على شيء ، انما يدل على انها رواية بعيدة كل البعد عن السطحية
رائعة ، وأفضل ما فيها أن السطر الأخير بعد قراءة 190 صفحة : " لم يكن منتصف اللّيل ولم تكن تمطر " ، هو ما يُعيدك إلى رُشدك ويُفهمك الرواية التي هي قائمة أساسا على عدم الفهم ، بعد أن كنت تتخبّط طوال مسيرتك في قراءة هذه التُحفة
مع الإشارة إلى أن رأيي في هذه الرواية مبني على تعصبي لصمويل بيكيت وكتاباته المسرحية التي هي ملعبه ، حيث أعطي مسرحية نهاية اللعبة
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Sidharth Vardhan
Part I

I’m Big Brother. It is not my name, it is the name I use as my display name on Goodreads. Big Brother is this character that appears in this novel by George Orwell. The name appears alongside my avatar. That is just after my avatar picture it says ‘Big Brother’ – it is not my picture, and it is not picture of Big Brother either, it is picture of ‘Professor Moriarty’ – but not the professor himself, but the actor who plays his role – and that actor is not Moriarty. I’m not Professor Moriart
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Leila
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
داستان به شيوه ي جريان سيال ذهن روايت ميشود و ميخواهد كسالت، رخوت و رنج زندگي را به خواننده نشان دهد.
اين كتاب دو بخش دارد با دو راوي متفاوت كه هر كدام از زاويه ي ديد خود به بازگويي وقايع ميپردازد.

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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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  • The Unnamable
“Don’t wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto.” 131 likes
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