Samuel Beckett, one of the great avant-garde Irish dramatists and writers of the second half of the twentieth century, was born on 13 April 1906. He died in 1989. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. His centenary will be celebrated throughout 2006 with performances of his major plays, but the most popular of them all will be, without doubt, the play with which he first made his name, Waiting for Godot. It opened the gates to the theatre of the absurd as four men appear on the stage, apparently with purpose but (perhaps) waiting for someone called Godot. It is stark, funny, bemusing and still deeply affecting half a century since its first production. In this new recording for audiobook, John Tydeman, for many years head of BBC Radio Drama, takes a fresh look at one of the milestones in Western drama. It follows the highly acclaimed recordings of Beckett’s Trilogy, Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable published by Naxos AudioBooks.
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It makes you think!
The play subverts the traditional notions of the structure of a classical play. It does not have a traditional beginning, middle, or end and it lacks a climax. The structure of the play exemplifies its point that human life is a mundane experience. If you are use to plays that are full of character development and dynamism this play may be hard to listen to at first. Give it a shot, it grows on you and lingers in your memory long after you have listen to it. In short, it’s so boring it’s interesting.
Waiting for Godot
This play is unusual: 2 guys standing under the same tree, day after day, waiting for a person who never arrives, namely, Mr. Godot. It will take actors of special calibre to keep the audience entertained for nearly 3 hours against a supposedly mundane backdrop like that! The beauty of this play is in its dialog and not the action. To keep themselves entertained while waiting for certain Mr. Godot, the 2 central characters keep themselves occupied with banter covering everything from good old days, to their delusions and question the very purpose of life without being able to provide a satisfactory answer for themselves. There is some off-the-mark humor also, such as, when the 2 characters try to hang themselves to "pass" time but then they talk themselves out of it using fairly robust logic!
A fantastic play for philosophers, students of literature and people generally given to questioning life itself.
Functional at Best
The audio is very tinny sounding and there is a kind of white noise in the backgroung. The voices reach uncomfortable notes to listen to and in my oppinion the accents are obnoxious and overdone.