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Endgame and Act Without Words Paperback – June 16, 2009
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Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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'Act Without Words' is very different. The philosophy may be familiar - man's struggles to survive in a world powered by unseen, malevolent, sadistic forces - but this is treated almost (self?) parodically. The play's main interest lies in its form. Throughout his career, Beckett has been paring down his language to the limits of concision - here he finally abandons it, giving us a mime more than a little influenced by the slapstick silent cinema that has always fuelled his work. I guess this is genuinely a case where you have to see it to appreciate it, but I had fun imagining proto-Beckett Buster Keaton in the role.
There are officially four characters. But in fact two are really active. In the dustbins you have Nagg the father and Nell the mother of Hamm, a crippled and blind individual who is more or less the father of Clov who is his slave, younger, physically active though entirely dependent but maybe not forever.
The room in which these characters exist is a miniature of the psychology of a person who is completely cut off from the world. This person is Hamm. We are inside his brain. For him the world is dead, though he is the one who is a living dead since he is crippled, i.e. unable to move, and blind, i.e. unable to see. He has to be moved around and someone has to see for him and tell him what can be seen. The room has an outside kitchen, an extension that is not the outside world but that is reachable only to one character, Clov who goes to it now and then, though it is the Arlésienne of the play, the one utem you speak if constantly but never see.
Hamm henceforth asks his son Clov to check the world through windows that are too high for direct vision, built too high since windows don't grow on houses that don't grow naturally in the earth, hence purposely positioned too high.Read more ›
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This play is about two middle-aged men who seem confused about life because they're confined in a plain and dull room. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Deborah Martinez
Samuel Becket's brilliance in writing satirical and absurd plays earned him a title as the father of absurd art. Read morePublished 13 months ago by james reedy
Beckett's writing style is incredibly genius in the sense that this play, which lasts for about 2 hours, has a very minimal dialogue and more on play on symbols and acts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carmen Tillman
I got this for my Honors British Literature course in University! Beckett will always keep you on your toes!Published 18 months ago by sean brown
This is a modern theatrical masterpiece, difficult and funny and quirky. The audition is approved, and I am happy to have it on KindlePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Saw the play at the local university, and kept thinking about it. (Which, I suppose, it what one is supposed to do after an existential experience. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by AmyThink