Literary Fiction

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

A classic absurdist play suggested to me by the desk girl at Third Street Books in McMinnville. Weird. Two men (and if they aren’t men Beckett will try to hire lawyers from his grave) are waiting for a man named Godot and talking about things as they come to mind. Part of the point is that it is unrealistic, exaggerated, and almost stream of consciousness on stage. They meet another couple men one of whom is a slave to the other. It’s a big metaphor for life, god, and the human experience. Honestly my favorite thing about it is that it inspired Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I love Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead enough that I wish I could like Godot but it just doesn’t resonate for me. Still it’s a classic and one of the things to read if you want to feel superior at parties. (That last bit was a joke!)


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