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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts

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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius … Waiting for Godot is one of the mas ...more
Paperback, 85 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Grove Press (first published 1952)
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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
Huda Yahya

We are no longer alone, waiting for the night, waiting for Godot, waiting for… waiting.

هنا العدمية تتضافر مع عبثية بكيت
لتعطيك نتيجة واحدة
لا خلاص
لا خلاص من أي نوع
إنك محاصر.. مقيد.. لا تستطيع الهرب
فأنت أصلا لا تستطيع الحركة
دماغك محصور بأفكار معينة
تقيدك قبل أن تسمح لك بالتمعن فيما حولك
لتدرك أنك عاجز عن التحكم بأبسط أمور حياتك
كما بأكثرها تعقيدا
لا خلاص

حتى الانتحار.. مستحيل


كلنا ننتظر جودو
وحتى الكاتب نفسه
لا يزال ينتظر
عالما وعالمين جميعا أنه انتظار بلا طائل
إنه تعزيز أكب
Bookdragon Sean
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, 4-star-reads
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
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
ا"لا شيء يحدث و لا احد يجيء " هذا هو بإختصار فحوى تلك التراجيدية المضحكة!؟
سيظل الإنسان منتظرا للأبد لاي شيء..العدل..الثراء..النصر ..او المختار الذي سيجلب معه السعادة.. اليس هذا هو حال البشر؟؟

احقاقا للحق..ارى ان المسرحيات🎭 لابد أن نشاهدها على المسرح فقط..لا لكي نقرأها أو حتى نشاهدها على الشاشات ...ولكن لان هذه المسرحية العبثية احتلت المركز الأول بين ما تم كتابته بالإنجليزية في القرن20..قرأتها. ..تعجبت قليلا من أسلوبها الغير مألوف. ...سيل من الثرثرة الغير منطقية

ولكني ضبطت نفسي استعمل اسم المسرحية
Paul Bryant
Jul 28, 2012 marked it as some-random-comedy-stuff  ·  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
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
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 Beckett’s
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
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
Mohamed Al Marzooqi
تقول الكاتبة المسرحية "سارا رول" في كتابها "مائة مقالة لم أكتبها" بأنها أخذت ابنها الصغير يومًا لمشاهدة عرض باليه، وبعد انتهاء العرض سألته عن رأيه، فقال : كان جميلاً ولكنه لم يعجبني!

دفعتها الإجابة للتفكير في ما لو كان البالغين يمتلكون نفس القدرة على هذا التفريق "الحيادي" بين الذوق وبين النقد. إذ جرت العادة، خصوصًا بين نقاد المسرحيات بحسب قولها، أن يحكموا على عمل ما بالسوء فورًا إذا لم يعجبهم أو يرتقي لذائقتهم!

أمّا أنا فقد دفعتني إجابة ابنها للتفكير في كل الأشياء الجميلة التي لا تعجبني:

لوحة المون

من زیاد نمایشنامه نخوندم، ولی این، یکی از بهترین هایی بوده که خوندم.

بکت در این نمایشنامه، بشر را به تصویر میکشد که زندگی اش، در انتظار آرمان هایی که نه می شناسد و نه برای رسید بهشان تلاشی می کند، می پوسد و زنگ می زند. بکت این درونمایه ی تلخ را، در یک طنز آبسورد می گنجاند.

ولادیمیر و استراگون، دو دوستند که هر روز، پای درختی در انتظار گودو می نشینند. گودو، آرمان و آرزوی آن هاست؛ ولی آنان به یاد ندارند که کی و کجا این گودو آرمانشان شده و حتی از او چه می خواهند؟

روزها انتظار، باعث پیر شدنشان می شود.
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
En attendant godot=Waiting for godot, Samuel Beckett
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1972 میلادی
عنوان: در انتظار گودو؛ اثر: ساموئل بکت؛ مترجم: سعید ایمانی؛ تهران، اشرفی، 1346، در 210 ص، مصور، فروست: ادبیات عصر ما، موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 20 م
عنوان: در انتظار گودو؛ اثر: ساموئل بکت؛ مترجم: مصطفی عابدینی فرد؛ تهران، کلیدر، 1380، در 163 ص، شابک: 9649250662؛
عنوان: در انتظار گودو؛ اثر: ساموئل بکت؛ مترجم: علی اکبر علیزاد؛ تهران، ماکان، 1381، در 165 ص، به همراه یک مقاله از: کلود شوماخر، کتاب
Issa Deerbany
هذا وضعنا جميعا، في انتظار شيء ما.

حتى لو جاء ما ننتظره نبدأ في انتظار شيء ما، حتى لو تأخر فنحن ننتظره.

المسرحية جميلة ولكنها لم تعجبني، فيها آراء فلسفية كثيرة وكذلك رسائل بحاجة الى تحليل كثير ومتخصص أيضا.
Ahmed Ibrahim
تعديل: 15-6-2016
المراجعة الأولى: 3-3-2016

" المسألة هي أي شيء نفعل. ومن نعم الله علينا أننا نعرف الإجابة على هذا الموضوع. أجل ففي خضم هذا الاضطراب العظيم لا يتضح إلا شيء واحد فقط.. إننا نبقى هنا في انتظار مجيء جودو. "

هذا الكلام يوضح ما هو الهدف الأول من المسرحية والفكرة التي تدور عليها؛ فجودو لن يأتي، ومعرفتهم عن وجودهم في هذا المكان –في الحياة- خاطئة.
الجميع ينتظر جودو، لكن من جودو؟ مات صمويل بيكيت ولم يعرف أحد لغز مسرحيته العبثية.
لكن هذه الحقبة الزمنية حيث تيار الوجودية، وتأثيرها الكبير وقتها

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?

Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
معنا باختگی و تئاتر ابزورد : انسانی سرگشته در جهانی بی رحم

هبوط واقعی انسان نه در عدن، بلکه در قرن ما رخ داده است.بعد از انباشت بیش از حد تاریخ،ما معصومیت لازم برای اعتقاد به هرگونه توجیه بیشتر را از دست داده ایم.تنها قطعیاتی که مانده اند،جعلی بودن همه ساختارهای تفسیری و غیرقابل فهم بودن اساسی تجربه انسان بدون حضور این ساختارهاست
اریک لوی/ بکت و ندای انواع

تئاتز ابزورد تصویری آرایش نشده از هستی آدمی در عصری را به تصویر می کشد که با فروپاشی ارزش های انسانی و سلب امکان تعامل و مراوده میان آدمیان، پو
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
Saleh MoonWalker
جزو اولین کارهایی بود که در رابطه با تئاتر آبسِرد خوندم. میتونم بگم که اثری خیلی خوب و زیبا بود، مسلما ارزش وقت و توجه رو داره و به خوندنش می ارزه. آبسِردیتی روزمره زندگی اکثر انسان ها به معنای کلام توی این اثر به شکلی زیبا به تصویر در اومده.اگر با دید چشم سحابی به زندگی اکثر انسان ها، و شخصیت های اصلی این داستان نگاه کنیم، متوجه شباهت بی نظیرشون میشیم.

“Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Godot.”
Franco  Santos
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"VLADIMIR: Es difícil convivir contigo, Gogo.
ESTRAGON: Sería mejor que nos separáramos.
VLADIMIR: Siempre dices lo mismo. Y siempre vuelves".


Jamás hubiera pensado que una obra de teatro me iba a gustar tanto. Los textos dramáticos generalmente no los entiendo, o me marean, o me resultan un incordio. Pero Esperando a Godot es la excepción a todo. Monumental obra de Samuel Beckett, que se merece mi completo respeto.

Me atrevo a decir que Esperando a Godot es la obra que mejor expresa la existenci
Luís C.
Piece in two acts, the first work I discovered by Samuel Beckett. I'm not disappointed, I like the theater of the absurd.

To put two men on stage, to make them speak for two hours to wait for someone who does not come (and who will never come), it was necessary to dare.
When we know that these men are vagabonds, that they have nothing important to say to each other, apart from speaking and waiting, that Godot is expected to have no interest, one wonders whether Beckett not take for pigeons.
But the
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
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این نمایشنامهٔ 140 صفحه ای که اولین بار در سال 1953 و در پاریس به نمایش درآمد، در موردِ انتظار است... آن هم انتظار برای هیچ و پوچ.... کسی دقیقاً نمیداند هدفِ «سامائول بکت» از نوشتنِ این نمایشنامه چه بوده است! آیا هدفش بیداری معنوی و یا رستگاری بوده است!؟ آیا هدفش طعنه زدن به روشنفکران زمانِ خودش بوده است! و یا هدفش سخن گفتن از دنیا و این هستی در ایهام و کنایه بوده و بس! کسی نمیداند... نمایشنامه ای که در آن پنج شخصیت وجود دارد... دو ولگرد با نامِ «استراگون» و «ولادیمیر» که در انت ...more

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. O
[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
Inder Suri
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, e-books, plays
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 ?
Dont tell me you were Waiting for Godot. Seriously.

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



Nikos Tsentemeidis
Το έργο αυτό μπορεί να χαρακτηριστεί σαν παραβολή. Η συμπεριφορά των χαρακτήρων είναι αλλοπρόσαλη έως και αστεία.

Περιμένοντας κάποιον που ποτέ δεν ήρθε. Περιμένοντας άσκοπα για κάτι άγνωστο. Η ματαιότητα της ζωής ή η ομορφιά του να περιμένεις πάντα κάτι; Επιδέχεται πολλών ερμηνειών. Σίγουρα φέρνει κάτι σε Kafka.
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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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