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Molloy Paperback – January 12, 1994
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Published in French 1947
Translation by Patrick Bowles in collaboration with the author 1955
I have a theory that people label books "difficult" primarily so that they can feel special for having read them. We want to feel proud of ourselves. Understandable, I suppose, but the shame is that other people believe us -- and then are scared to take down the books we've put on the lofty pedestal marked "difficult books".
That's terrible, especially since many of the books labeled "difficult" just require a little more time, a change of perspective or attention - they are not as much "difficult" as they are "different". Molloy, for example.
I'll let everyone else rhapsodize brilliantly on Beckett. You can. My humble intention is to is entice a few more people to read this book, a few people who might otherwise feel intimidated. C'mon. Give it a try. Risk it. Don't surrender Beckett to the sole custody of the beautiful people.
A little advice, if you decide to read Molloy, despite feeling somewhat in over your head:
First, and perhaps most importantly: you must ignore the slight panic that arises the moment you notice that the second paragraph is 84 pages long and proceeds without a break. Ignore the voice (if it is present) that say that you by no means have brain power sufficient to the task, that books of this sort are only for persons who have doctorates in literature and wear all black and subsist on thin cigarettes and espresso, and are unbearable.
The reason to read Beckett isn't because he's the chief exhibit in the museum of existentialism. Molloy is fun, and above all funny, and, if it is the very blackest humor - well, what could be better suited to the times?Read more ›
I hope people are not put off by the lengthy abstract reviews here (well written as they may be). Molloy is not a difficult read or listen as with this Audiobook. The two characters Molloy and Moran represent a character and an author more or less. In the first section we see the character Molloy has essentially escaped from any narrative and is left to fend for himself, inventing histories, goals and pondering his existence so to speak without any help from a constraining narrative. The second section, which might be thought of as both preceding and following the first section, concerns Moran who is sort of the author in the guise of a private detective chasing after his character. Naturally the similarities become apparent since one created the other. Sometimes strange things in the Molloy section, as him hearing a gong in the forest he wanders in Dante like, are revealed prosaically in the Moran section as the gong of the clock in Moran's house. In Beckett's next book Malone Dies the mask and ambiguity disappears and we see the writer explicitly spinning trite tales one after the other.
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Molloy is a book of two halves: the first half is a first-person narrative told by Molloy and the second told by Malone. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel Hirst
Reading this book is a haunting experience. It is difficult, littered with insane ramblings and twists but also wonderful literary moments. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Neil Brown
Full of Surprises! Suspenseful! Fast! Complex!
Sentences like “What was God doing with himself before the creation? Read more
How could I presume to review this Moebius strip of a book, a bizarre chronicle of futility and human ridiculosity, in which a mad mother-beating hobo is pursued by a mean... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter Tucker
Beckett is a favorite author of mine and Molloy is one of his best books. It's an excellent choice for anyone looking to get drunk on language and have some great laughs as well. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Ellen Archer
Often overlooked as a novelist, Samuel Beckett, as evident in "Molloy", the first and best part of a trilogy, deserves to be hailed as one of the twentieth centuries most... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by PuroShaggy
MOLLOY is a 1956 novel by Samuel Beckett often seen as the first volume in a trilogy with MALONE DIES and THE UNNAMEABLE, all three books being rambling first-person monologues... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Christopher Culver
And Beckett is the second greatest prose writer Ireland has produced. Molloy is brilliant. As are Watt, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, Endgame and the nonpareil Godot.Published on May 14, 2012 by Ron DiCostanzo