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Reading Godot

Lois Gordon


Waiting for Godot has been acclaimed as the greatest play of the twentieth century. It is also the most elusive: two lifelong friends sing, dance, laugh, weep, and question their fate on a road that descends from and goes nowhere. Throughout, they repeat their intention “Let's go,” but this is inevitably followed by the direction “(They do not move.).” This is Beckett's poetic construct of the human condition. This book is an introduction to Samuel Beckett's great work for general readers, students, and specialists. It approaches the play scene by scene, exploring the text linguistically, phil ... More

Keywords: Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett, human condition, rational mind, worldly definition, relativism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092868
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lois Gordon, author