Waiting for Godot




Beckett,Samuel . Waiting for Godot . Grove Press

ISBN: 0-8021-3034-8

Waiting for Godot

Written by: Samuel Beckett

Reviewed by: Patric Areyan

Recommended Audience: Sophisticated Thinkers, Older Adults

   Waiting for Godot was originally written in french and performed on stage in Paris in 1953. It is a mind boggling story revolving around two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting for a mysterious man named Godot. The story starts when the two men meet under a tree and notice they are waiting for the same person. They talk endlessly about mind numbing topics and even talk of hanging themselves but never actually do anything. Then a wealthy man named Pozzo enters on his way to sell his slave named Lucky. Lucky entertains the three men with thinking and dancing until Estragon gets angry and Lucky stops. Pozzo and Lucky then leave and the two men start to talk endlessly again. Then a boy walks onto the scene and tells Vladimir and Estragon that Godo will not be coming. Vladimir tries to ask the boy questions but leaves, ignoring Vladimir. The two men then say they’ll leave for the night but they stay still and end Act I. 

   Act 2 starts off with Vladimir and Estragon meeting under the tree again the next night. The talk about the day before but it seems Estragon has forgotten all of it. Then, Pozzo and Lucky enter again, but this time Pozzo is blind and Lucky cannot talk. Vladimir welcomes Pozzo but Pozzo has also forgotten the night before and claims that he has never met Vladimir, nor Estragon. Pozzo and Lucky then exit, leaving Vladimir and Estragon to talk again. Just like the night before, the boy enters and once again tells the two men that Godot will not be coming. The boy then leaves and Vladimir and Estragon talk until they decide that they should leave. When they finally decide to leave, they stand still and the story ends.

    The only way to remotely understand this book is to read it completely first and to think about it as a whole. It truly is a puzzling book that takes a lot of thought to understand. Based on the multiple interpretations I have read and heard, the whole book has to do with life itself. All the random thoughts, the people who come in and out of your life and the hope that one day something great will happen. If you want to wonder about the meaning of life, this is the book for you. I hope you enjoy it, because I know both Mr. Feliciani and I definitely did.

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