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"A man speaking English beautifully chooses to speak in French, which he speaks with greater difficulty, so that he is obliged to choose his words carefully, forced to give up fluency and to find the hard words that come with difficulty, and then after all that finding he puts it all back into English, a new English containing all the difficulty of the French, of the coining of thought in a second language, a new English with the power to change English forever. This is Samuel Beckett. This is his great work. It is the thing that speaks. Surrender."

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  • Series: Works of Samuel Beckett the Grove Centenary Editions (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1St Edition edition (March 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802118186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802118189
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The other review of this edition is, of course, a farce. Irrespective of a person's thoughts on Beckett and the modernist movement in literature, its influence is undeniable and its pace in the canon is assured. Raging against this simple fact is as pointless as it is absurd.

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.
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This is the second volume by Grove Press Publishing dedicated to the novels of Irish writer Samuel Beckett. It includes four novels: "Molloy", "Malone Dies" and "The Unmameable", considered by some critics the masterpieces of postmodern prose. Another less known novel entitled "How It Is" closes the volume. This particular edition comes with an introduction by Salman Rushdie which does not add anything remarkable or substantial about these (by themselves) hollow works and where he just reminisces about his first readings on Beckett, stating that this "famous" trilogy of novels are the Irishman's best work. An opinion I totally disagree with but, hey, each to his own...

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.
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