Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Grove Publishing
Trade Paperback, 128 pages
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Rather than fitting narrowly within any philosophical school, Waiting for Godot is a modern masterpiece of post-everything man's search for meaning and cause. Godot is not only God, but every aspect of Western culture that has been abandoned in the nearly universal embrace of nihilism, and the two characters Estragon and Vladimir wait for "him" though he never arrives. The play is absurdist—called a "tragicomedy" by its author—but the implications and questions raised in the text are far more wide-ranging than the moniker may imply. Aesthetically and philosophically, this is one of the masterworks of the 20th century.

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Summary: 20th century nihilism presented as a play about two men waiting for someone who never comes.

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