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Molloy (The Trilogy #1)

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Primera de las novelas de la gran trilogía que completan “Malone muere” y “El innombrable”, publicadas también en esta colección, Molloy constituye el punto de arranque de la etapa en que, tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial, Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) abandona el inglés en favor del francés como lengua literaria y ahonda en la visión trágica del mundo contemporáneo a través de ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 30th 2006 by Alianza/Lumen (first published 1951)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
"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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Brent Legault
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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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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.
sweet jane
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-blue, mindfuck
"Έτσι ξαπλωμένος, στα ζεστά, στο σκοτάδι, μπορώ να διαπεράσω καλύτερα την ψεύτικη τύρβη του κόσμου, να εντοπίσω τη λεία μου, να διαισθανθώ την πορεία που πρέπει να πάρω, να γαληνέψω μες στην εξωφρενική δυστυχία ενός άλλου. Μακριά από τον κόσμο, τη φασαρία του, τις μηχανορραφίες του, την πίκρα και το ζοφερό του φως, μπορώ να τον κρίνω, κι αυτόν και όσους, όπως εγώ, είναι βυθισμένοι ανεπανόρθωτα μέσα του, καθώς κι εκείνον που περιμένει εμένα να τον βγάλω έξω, εμένα που δεν μπορώ να βγω"

Οι ήρωες
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K.D. Absolutely
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fidel
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, read-in-2015
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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Selim
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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Ken
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are certain great novels that trap you in a character’s head. Smothering you, allowing for no air other than the dank pollution of a character’s inner workings. Think Simenon’s Dirty Snow, or Camus’ The Stranger, or Ellis’ American Psycho. Often, in these works, the author allows for some light, a small shaft of air, to help the reader find their grasp, to feel a sense of place and reality. There is still a linear flow to the story or details that ground the story in the reader's mind. Mol ...more
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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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.
Xandra
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
Steve
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
"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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Inderjit Sanghera
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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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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Miss Ravi
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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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Evie Peppa
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ce Ce
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Finished reading in the early dawn. I don't know. I feel silent. Like I'm in a cathedral. Standing in those long silvery beams of light filled with dust motes. In awe of the soaring architecture. That somehow does not fall in a pile of rubble around one's ears.
M Gilbert
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: migraine
Someone asked me about the relationship between the two parts of the novel Molloy. This is my answer, which feels very tautological. It's posted in other places but I'll post it here as well. Overall, what is typical of any work of Beckett is the apparent absence, impossibility, or instability of real connections: relationships are flawed and imperfect, goals are impossible to achieve, words no longer signify anything, actions are devoid of any real intent. Molloy and Moran are similar to each o ...more
Mahmood666
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مالوی
ساموئل بکت
سهیل سمی
نشر ثالث
سامویل بکت انچنان مشهور و محبوب است که نیازی به تکرار محسناتش نیست.نثر عجیب و منحصر به فرد او و محتوای اثارش که هنوز پس از گذشت این همه سال اینچنین غریب و تازه مینمایند شاهدی بر نبوغ شدید این نویسنده بزرگ است .بکت علاوه برسه نمایشنامه معروفش (در انتظار گودو ،دست اخر و اخرین نوار کراپ) معمولا با تریلوژی (مالوی،مالون میمیرد،نام ناپذیر)در جهان ادب مشهور است .سه گانه ای که هنوز پس از گذشت شصت سال از زمان نوشته شدنش هنوز تازه و دست نیافتنی جلوه میکند.
مالوی اولین کتاب ا
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Daniel Stafford
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book! Seriously…I need to read the next two within this trilogy, for I am now intrigued.

The book has two main characters. First is a vagrant named Molloy who is trying to reach his mother's place. The other is a private detective named Moran who is very obsessive and loathing.

The first part of the book is from Molloy's perspective and is only two paragraphs long, which spans for over 100 pages. In it, his legs change shape, he sucks on stones, he becomes imprisoned and let go, makes resid
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Pooya Kiani
همه چیز نوشتن از هیچی. همه چیز رو از هیچای نوشتن. همه ی قوتی که توی ضعف برای نوشتن نهفتهس. همهی تلخی مدام زندگی توی این پیوستهمتنِ ضدرمان هست و به رخ کشیده میشه. فوقالعاده و شاید غیرقابل تکرار. اینکه چطور یک نفر به چنین تسلطی در ادبیات و بیان میرسه شاید هرگز کشف نشه. آفرین به سهیل سمی و ترجمهی خوب و شسته رفتهش. ...more
Jeff
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to write a review. No it isn't. What's true is that two nights ago a dog bit my hand. This is how it happened. I don't want to tell how it happened. It was St. Patty's Day and, avoiding the drunk tarts and jocks on South Street, I went home to my family (in a town I don't remember the name of) and had corn beef and mashed potatoes. My little dog got into a fight with my Auntie's dog and when I pulled them apart, I got a nice chunk bit from my arse. Which was really my hand. So it' ...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.
Parnian
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من نميدونم ساختار شناسان ادبيات چه اسمي رو اين سبك نگارش ميذارن و باتلاق صفحات مالوي رو چه طوري توضيح ميدن.
چيزي كه با خوندن اين كتاب تجربه كردم وصف ناپذير، آزاردهنده و اعتيادآور بود.
Jim
Little did I know when I started this book on Sunday that it would loom so large in my mind. (I had started several times before, but I wasn't ready for it until now.)

The narrative is divided into two roughly equal parts, of which the first is incomparably better. It follows the peregrinations of one Molloy as he lives the life of a lowly, semi-demented (but not entirely) derelict in some Irish market town, possibly called Bally. The first paragraph is roughly normal in size; the second one run
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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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“Don’t wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto.” 123 likes
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