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Written in Roussillon during World War Two, while Samuel Beckett was hiding from the Gestapo, Watt was first published in 1953. Beckett acknowledged that this comic novel unlike any other 'has its place in the series' - those masterpieces running from Murphy to the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot and beyond. It shares their sense of a world in crisis, their profound awareness of the paradoxes of being, and their distrust of the rational universe.

Watt tells the tale of Mr Knott's servant and his attempts to get to know his master. Watt's mistake is to derive the essence of his master from the accidentals of his being, and his painstakingly logical attempts to 'know' ultimately consign him to the asylum. Itself a critique of error, Watt has previously appeared in editions that are littered with mistakes, both major and minor.

The new Faber edition offers for the first time a corrected text based on a scholarly appraisal of the manuscripts and textual history. Watt is at times extremely funny, bizarre, allusive and richly poetic. Though 'early' Beckett, the novel shows the author to be a remarkable virtuoso, investing plot and pace with classical, intellectual and earthy content style.

Dermot Crowley proves himself a towering Beckett performer, matching clarity with flair; and with its musical surprises (arranged and conducted by Roger Marsh), the recording shows that, once again, a key Becket novel comes to life unforgettably in the audiobook medium.

Dermot Crowley
hr min
December 21
Ukemi Audiobooks

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Dermot Crowley deserves a medal

This novel is very challenging to read in print, and (it would seem) nearly impossible to read aloud. Dermot Crowley not only soldiered through tirelessly but read it very well in the bargain, with great understanding and sensitivity. I cannot conceive how he managed to give a unique, specific intonation to each one of the hundreds of repetitions-with-a-difference that make up so much of the text, but he did, and I never heard exasperation in his tone unless it was that of Beckett's narrator. This reading was a heroic feat, and I'm very grateful for it. I've listened to it twice and will keep it forever.

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