- Hardcover: 172 pages
- Publisher: Bloom's Literary Criticism (April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0791097935
- ISBN-13: 978-0791097939
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 325 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, New Edition
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Waiting for Godot is about two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting in what seems like a post apocalyptic world, on a road, near a tree. What are they doing? They are waiting for Godot. We don't meet Godot. We don't really know who Godot is. He could be God. As they wait, they sort of discuss philosophical and biblical themes and ideas. These moments provide interesting insights on both. There is no plot. Nothing happens. And, we begin and end the play with these two characters on the road. However, the journey in Beckett's plays are not made by the characters. It is the viewers who are changed. We, along with these characters, are waiting. Ultimately, we need to decide who or what we are waiting for and if it is worth it.
I love Samuel Beckett. I love Theatre of the Absurd.
The only thing I didn't like was that if you have oily hands or even a little sweaty, the cover gets smudges on it, and they can't come off. Maybe look for another version if you want to have a nice cover.
The play itself is one that is at time very hard to comprehend with out prior knowledge of the playwright Samuel Beckett or the style in which the play is written. While the Max Notes study aid did hit on key albeit superficial points of the play as well as give some ideas and guidelines as to what to write about for an essay on the play, it would be in anyone who attempts to review this play to search for a free pdf of the play, as there are many internal directions that have to be followed by the actors. Also it would be in the reviews best interest if they were to read along with the actual script whilst watching a production of the play on a medium such as Youtube.
As I said before I can not really fault the book for not being what I thought it was, however, when used as intended the Max Notes study aid that it is, is best used for high school students and not college students having to review the play.