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Novels II of Samuel Beckett: Volume II of The Grove Centenary Editions (Works of Samuel Beckett the Grove Centenary Editions) Hardcover – March 13, 2006
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About the Author
Paul Auster is the bestselling author of "Winter Journal", "Sunset Park", "Invisible", "The Book of Illusions", and "The New York Trilogy", among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Medicis Etranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Auster has an enormous talent for creating worlds that are both fantastic and believable. . . . His novels are uniformly difficult to put down, a testament to his storytelling gifts." Timothy Peters, "San Francisco Chronicle"
Top Customer Reviews
Beckett is, make no mistake, one of the great authors of the past century. The essential items in this volume are his three most important novels, and they are presented here in an attractive and sturdy binding with a good, if inessential, introduction by Salman Rushdie. Those novels belong in the library of any serious person, and I can point to no better edition than this.
OK, here I go: first of all, if you are completely new to Beckett and you are not a fan of James Joyce and similar farragos, you must know beforehand that starting with these novels in the first place can put you off Beckett forever, and that would be a pity, as you'd miss some of his dramatic plays which, unlike his novels, probably deserve your attention. Beckett as a playwright is worth reading and one of the boldest and most original ever known.
That being said, once you are familiar with his plays, if you do not have anything else better to do than to waste quite a lot of your spare time, then you might venture upon his renowned "Dumbtime Trilogy" (as I called it). And this is so because if you are unfamiliar with Beckett's logorrhEA ("escribe como mEA" as a famous Spanish writer once said about another), this might be a good place to start getting exasperated as a thinking human being with this author and the failed and uninspired experiment that this awful trilogy is.Read more ›