"Take no heed of her...She reads a lot of books."
~Jasper Fforde

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I finally did it!  I finally read the entirety of Samuel Beckett's play Endgame!  Ever since I read Waiting for Godot in my junior year of high school, I've been trying to read Endgame.  They were both included in the same book at the library.  However, I found that while Waiting for Godot was unusual, Endgame was darker, and a lot more confusing.  I've tried at least three times in the past to read it, but have never gotten around to actually doing it.

I was on my shift for the Writing Center, working late in the library.  No one ever comes down there, so the guys and I just read or do homework.  I had brought my Modernist Literature anthology, and was supposed to be reading Conrad's Heart of Darkness.  I read Endgame instead, and liked it a whole lot more!

It's a weird plot, and hard to decipher.  I'm sure that anyone who has read Samuel Beckett can attest to the fact that his plays really have no plot, but center around a small event, such as waiting for someone who never comes, or in this case, trying to leave someone behind.  Hamm sits in the center of the room, covered by a blanket like one would cover an old chair in an abandoned house.  A bloody handkerchief covers his face.  When these are removed by Clov, his adopted son and caretaker, we see that he wears black glasses that prevent you from seeing his eyes.  Clov wants to leave Hamm, but he's all he has in the world.  Hamm's parents, Nagg and Nell live in trashcans in the corner of the room.  There does not seem to exist much of a world outside of the house, but we don't know for sure.

That was a really bad plot description; so, I think the best thing would be for y'all just to go out and read it yourselves, or to at least check it out on YouTube.  I'm planning on watching it once I have some free time :)

Also, since Endgame is full of wonderful quotes, I'll be posting them in the days to come, so be sure to check back for that :)

1 comment:

  1. I read Waiting for Godot four years ago and I waited for Godot to come till the last sentence of the book. But he did'nt:) Then I undrestood Becket wanted to tell us something else and coming of Godot had no importance. So I read it once more and I enjoyed it. Specially when Vladimir and Estragon decided to suicide but they didn't find any rope. So they quited this decision. I have the Endgame but unfortunetlly I havn't read it yet. But now that I've read your post I'm sure I'll check this out as soon as possible:)


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