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More Pricks Than Kicks Paperback – January 7, 1994
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Sometimes humorous, somtimes shockingly pessimistic, the short story format works surprisingly well, often allowing for especially clever closing images or phrases. The short story format also makes reading Beckett, rarely an easy task, a touch more accessable.
But through it all, Beckett, the master of the declarative sentence, constantly condemns his main character; Belacqua cannot find it within himself to shed a tear when one of his three wives dies, nor does he buy his new wife a new ring, recycling his old wife's ring (inscripted with her name and all) for his supposed new love. This incorrigible bumbler is intellectual to a fault, and dies friendless and unmourned. So all in all, read about Belacqua, but don't be him.
These ten connected stories are highly enjoyable and stimulating and you have an excellent opportunity to improve on your vocabulary as well. I must go on, I can't go on, OK, I'll stop.
(why rated then an 8? the worst of Beckett is still better than so much else...)
Still, there's something of a diary to a young artist's work. Portrait would not be inappropriate, though Beckett, the artist he became, deserves better.
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I ordered this for a class and while it was hard to read Beckett, I really enjoyed the stories and found them to be fun to discuss in class.Published 5 months ago by AF
This book was a wonderful discovery, I had always loved Beckett's plays but to find this book of prose and follow the life of his character Bel was so amazing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by email@example.com
The short stories about Belacqua are the most beautiful stories Beckett had ever written. They are so picturesque that you can feel the atmosphere with him. Read morePublished on January 28, 2006 by Bernd Kotz