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The Collected Shorter Plays Beckett Paperback – July 13, 2010
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Nevertheless, the collection brims with Beckett's best work - the remorselessly inventive radio play, 'All That Fall'; the sublimely tragic comedy, 'Krapp's Last Tape'; the infernal farce, 'Play'; the deconstruction of nostalgia, 'That Time'; the chamber poignancy of 'Ohio Impromptu'; the great theatrical experiments, 'Footfalls', 'What Where', 'Not I', 'Rockaby', which pushed the language of theatre way past its limits, undermining its boasts of 'live performance' and the functionality of language - in these texts, 'meaning', if there is such a thing, may reside in the stage directions.
Old age and the fruitless reminiscing that this stage of life brings, preoccupies Beckett in many of these short pieces. In 'Ohio Inpromptu' an aged character's memories are constantly stopped from wandering into nostalgia by the periodic knocking of his mirror image who sits opposite him. This struggle for or against nostalgia for the past is one that faces many of Beckett's characters. In 'Rockaby' and 'Footfalls' we see old women who have battled against life for long enough and are simply awaiting their death. They feel no longing for the past and feel no passion for a life that has failed them. In 'Krapp's Last Tape', Beckett's main character has the difficulty of simultaneously battling with his former and current self. The result is a display of disdain for the optimism and exuberance that characterises more youthful thought.
The aforementioned plays, as well as notable others such as 'The Old Tune' and 'All That Fall' fantastically exemplify Beckett's premise that we are all stuck on the pointless treadmill of life and that only death can pull us off it.
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You can carry these around anywhere on your Kindle and then dip in to them whenever there is a brief moment when you require an emotional respite.Published 3 months ago by Michael Zilkha
If you dont understand the Theatre of the Absurd, then you will not appreciate the genius of Beckett. Endgame and Waiting for Godot are brilliant.Published 20 months ago by Morgan
Reading this book for a class on Beckett. We watch the videos and then discuss the works. Of course, I wanted to read the plays(?) before seeing the video. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by R.J.
I bought it for a seminar on Samuel Beckett and it has been most helpful. Some of the plays, like Krapp's Last Tape, are displayed in a rather weird way but it's easy to understand... Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Isaura Matamoros
This is a collection of shorter pieces, including some without characters or words (just stage directions). Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Gene Kassebaum
IF you like Samuel Beckett, you'll love this set of plays. His minimalist and absurdist works are works of genius, and are best appreciated in performance, when their true impact... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Avery Gordon
Collected Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett: All That Fall, Act Without Words, Krapp's Last Tape, Cascando, Eh Joe, Footfall, Rockaby and others
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