- Title: Watt
- Author: Samuel Beckett
- ISBN: 9780714506104
- Page: 224
- Format: Paperback
Fiction WATT was the beginning of Samuel Becket s post war literary career, the fruition of the years in hiding in the Vaucluse mountains from the Gestapo, which also largely inspired WAITING FOR GODOT But it remains, unlike the work that followed it, extremely Irish, a philosophical novel full of the grim humour that was already his trade mark in such earlier fictions aFiction WATT was the beginning of Samuel Becket s post war literary career, the fruition of the years in hiding in the Vaucluse mountains from the Gestapo, which also largely inspired WAITING FOR GODOT But it remains, unlike the work that followed it, extremely Irish, a philosophical novel full of the grim humour that was already his trade mark in such earlier fictions as MORE PRICKS THAN KICKS and MURPHY The perambulations of WATT, especially in the home of the eccentric Mr Knott, and the sketching of logic to elicit meaning, must be among the most comic inventions of modern literature First published by the libertine Olympia Press in 1953 it has established itself as one of the most quoted and best loved of Becket s novels The typographical oddities and omissions are as Beckett left the text.
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This is the tale of the man in a hat called Watt.And what Wattdid at the house of Mr Knott;what Watt thought about what he did &didn’t do chez Knott,what Watt didn’t think and what he didn’tdo while at Knott’s,what Watt saidabout what he did at Knott’s, what Watt feltabout what he was orwasn’t saying about whathe did at Knott’s, what Wattdid about what he said aboutwhat he did at Knott’s. Here,the first button of his greatcoat.What Watt thought about Knott, what Watt thought [...]
“No symbols where none intended.” So runs Beckett’s oft-quoted post-scriptural warning to readers of this unique, flawed masterpiece. Apt, if useless, advice in a novel in which everything from the dog’s dinner to the layout of the garden is analysed and contra-analysed to infinity by its ever-questioning protagonist, who must be one of the most enigmatic (read baffling, alien, other-dimensional) characters ever to have served as the lynchpin for a game-changing work of literature. And m [...]
Bloody marvellous. Enjoyed it even more this second time round. I think I may revisit all the fella's novels this year and then buy myself that lovely looking four volume set of his letters as a present for continuing to get up every morning. "And so always, when the impossibility of my knowing, of Watt’s having known, what I know, what Watt knows, seems absolute, and insurmountable, and undeniable and uncoercible, it could be shown that I know, because Watt told me, and that Watt knew, becaus [...]
Human being is a strange creature… But some human beings are stranger than others…“Too fearful to assume himself the onus of a decision he refers it to the frigid machinery of a time-space relation,” – this is Watt’s lifestyle.“…but we know that we are no longer the same, and not only know that we are no longer the same, but know in what we are no longer the same, you wiser but not sadder, and I sadder but not wiser, for wiser I could hardly become without grave personal inconven [...]
Ha!Think I will have to buy a copy. It will replace Wittgenstein, all existentialists, Augustine, Aquinas, T.S. Eliot and manuals on dog husbandry. Also, most economically, it will dispense with all tomes of psychoanalysis. Even though I can sometimes only read a paragraph a day, for hilarity and joy in excess can be exquisitively painful, I do believe I will also dispense with my Dhamapadda. What a glorious piece of writing.Ha! Just read an amazon review: "Anyone who claims they enjoy reading t [...]
A brilliant, excellent work, that may also be maddening. This is my first exposure to Beckett in any medium, and as I began reading it I was somewhat dubious until the person of Watt arrived on the scene (that sewer pipe) but then the book took over my life.Beckett has created something unique, challenging, entertaining (to a certain kind of reader me) and bizarre here. He toys with two things that have been kinds of obsessions for me as well damn, stole my thunder before I knew it was thunder p [...]
I took me forever to finish this book. I mean, somewhere in the middle, I stopped and switched to other easier-to-read ones. It was painful especially at the start because you did not know what was going on. Then last Sunday, 5th of January 2014, we had to bring my 95-y/o father-in-law to the hospital and I just did not know what came over me. Of all the books that I have in my currently reading shelf, I picked this one up. Then I had to wait for almost the whole morning inside the hospital room [...]
Any time someone claims to be a realist writer, I direct them to this book to show them what a "realistic" book would actually be like.
Among other things Beckett's most Proustian book: a treatise on desire or exercise of it or exorcism from it (apologies for the ripoff Wattean syntax, but that's what you get after beating your head through this miraculously-tedious book for a month). That all three of these goals are impossible to meet and Watt therefore a failure should be no surprise to anyone who keeps in mind Beckett's's famous dictum, which could sell Pepsi: try again. Fail again. Fail better. Fail at what? Well, how about [...]
وات از نظر ترتیب زمانی، از نظر کیفیت ادبی و از نظر میزان بهتآوری، و به دید خود نویسنده، واسطی بوده بین دورهی اولیهی کاری بکت (شاخصترین اثر: رمان مرفی) و دورهی دورم کاری او. بکت در دورهی دوم تمام شاهکارهای پرمخاطبش رو نوشته (مولوی- مالون میمیرد- نامناپذیر- چشم به راه گو [...]
When you put Watt down, you will have a headache. Several times between the moment that you pick it up and the moment that you put it down, you will have a headache. If you finished this book without a headache, then you probably didn't do it right. Surely, several options may arise at the end of the journey. Perhaps you will come out understanding what may have been Samuel Beckett's intentions in creating this book, but not the content. Or perhaps you will understand neither the intentions nor [...]
A typical Beckett book, this one is not an easy read, but an interesting read most definately. Did I enjoy it - 'enjoy' would be a big word. It is not that I did not enjoy it at all, because I certainly did. I have always had a huge appreciation for Beckett’s work, and Watt only emphasized once again why that is. The capacity to make something very simple, very complicated, and in that way to offer a new look at things we might be taking for granted is a trait I have always admired. Yet this i [...]
If I could give this 6 stars I would. My favoritist-favorite of Beckett. I reread this one quite often.
Possibly the most annoying book I've ever been profoundly unhappy to come to the final page of.
Weird, darker than dark to the point where it at times borders on the sinister but absolutely fascinating and hilariously funny in parts. I love, love, love Samuel Beckett. He has to be one of the MOST original, daring and innovative writers of the 20th Century and alongside Joyce and Oscar Wilde, surely also goes down as one of the best Irish writers of all time. What is Watt about? Well, in a nutshell, it's about a mysterious, shadowy figure called 'Watt' who is either mentally disadvantaged, [...]
وات به خانه ی آقای نات میرود، به عنوان سرایدارد استخدام میشود و پس از آن که به سمت مدیر خدمات میرسد که قادر نیست درباره ی نات چیزی را اثبات کند پس خانه را ترک میکند و به خانه ی مجللی که شبیه به تیمارستان است میرود!سفر وات در واقع سفری درونی و ذهنی است.وات عقل گرایی فرتوت ا [...]
Lisbon Book-Fair 2017.
Beckett's power comes from his language. This novel is indecipherable at times, likely with the intention of being so. Of all the confusion and frustration though, two aspects make the struggle worthwhile. The first is the very rhythm and poetry of Beckett's diction. He is crass but gorgeous in his descriptions, dull but engrossing in his pacing and opaque yet straightforward in clarity. These contradictions belie the greatest aspect of this piece--it is pure empathy to his dark and nihilistic w [...]
Anything less than 5 stars would be criminal. One of the funniest books you'll ever read.
Frequently excruciating to read alone, but exactly the same passages are amazing and hilarious to read aloud. I suppose it is unsurprising that Beckett is best known as a playwright. As a novel, a couple really startling/chilling/disorienting scenes really help to jump this up from a literary oddity to a sort of illumination, probably of the human condition or somesuch. A rather perplexing piece of writing.The odd loveliness of this 1959 cover art deserves to be noted here. Thanks, weird booksto [...]
This book dismantled me. I hated it. I threw it across the room more than once. It was wonderful. I can't recommend it, but read it anyway. Maybe you'll see what I mean.
Читати це, чесно кажучи, неможливо і абсолютно нецікаво. Витратив цілий тиждень на прочитання. Іноді радували деякі специфічні жарти, що подекуди зустрічаються в книжці. Такий чорний-чорний гумор, майже постмодерністський. При цьому розумію, що це геніальний роман. Хоча і а [...]
I am so enjoying re-reading the complete works of Samuel Beckett in chronological order-the project is explaining/illuminating so much to me that had remained mysterious in my patchwork reading of this and that text as the great man's work fell into my hands over the years. As I said in my review of Murphy, it was as if Beckett's first two MSs were failed attempts to write Murphy, and Murphy itself a kind of pinnacle of his early aspirations to concoct an Irish/Continental existential humorous t [...]
The first and last chapters read like the first and last acts of a strange, sad, often hilarious, always absurd play. And in-between there is much strange, sad, often hilarious, always absurd inner and outer monologue, including loads of repetition and circumlocution and repetition. There are pages that you'll be tempted to skip. Beckett, I imagine, offered this temptation for a reason; a reason that rests, I hope, in his grave (or in the "grave" of a rarely read book of literary criticism). But [...]
Watt will notabate one jotbut of whatof the coming toof the being atof the going fromKnott's habitatof the long wayof the short stayof the going back homethe way he had comeof the empty heartof the empty handsof the dim mind wayfaringthrough barren landsof a flame with dark windshedged aboutgoing outgone outof the empty heartof the empty handsof the dark mind stumblingthrough barren landsthat is of whatWatt will notabate one tot.
Samuel Beckett. Beckett Samuel. Chm. Tso k tomu povědět? Nitz? Ne, to asi ne, zvážíme-li možnost, že něco přeci jenom, pokud jsme toho schopni, tak můžeme, uvést.Tso. Poslední román, který Beckett psal v angličtině a pak jej dlouhá léta překládal do francouzštiny. Původní název Watt (výslovnost shodná s What) byl přeložen jako Tso, druhá důležitá postava, pan Knot (opět výslovností stejné jako Not), pak jako pan Nitz. A byť Tso u Nitze slouží, nepadne mezi [...]
I laughed out loud in the library. Ennoble-ing and pathetic at the same time.
Go fish. I've had the same card since Wednesday.
So long, Sam.
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