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Posted January 10, 2007
Let me warn you right now: this play is not all it's cracked up to be. Number one, it has no central focus. It's just a bunch of meaningless, unrelated little incidents that you're supposed to psychoanalyze. For me, it was torture to have to go back over every little chunk of dialogue and say, Okay, what segment of human nature is this referring to? And number two, I think it only enjoys such a great reputation because a few critics/English majors thought it was this breakthrough, revolutionary work. Don't be fooled. Reading it was tantamount to repeatedly slamming my head into a wall.
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Posted April 1, 2005
I found this very disappointing.
Before reading this play I was told that most people hate it, or they love it. Personaly, I couldn't stand reading the play, and now I know what my teacher meant when she said that there was no inbetween. I was very interested at first, but as the play continued I grew disappointed because nothing changed. I feel that if they really wanted to see Godot, they would have left that tree and looked for him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2004
As I read Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting For Godot', I was not amazed, transfixed, or otherwise impressed with the lack of action and the meaningless dialogue. Just because Beckett wrote a play about absolutely nothing, people hail him as a great writer. I am sure that my nine year old sister could actually produce a better piece of writing than Beckett did with 'Waiting for Godot'. If you are looking for a book to inspire you, do not read this play. If you just picked it up for some light reading, put it back right where you got it from. To be blunt, if you have a choice between watching paint dry and reading this book, choose the paint. It will be far more eventful. Maybe the only people who enjoy this book are cynics on their deathbed. I, for one, could think of scores of better books to read than 'Waiting for Godot'. A book with no substance is merely an idiotic waste of paper and money. Aren't there people dying of starvation and disease all across the world? Well, instead of wasting ten dollars on 'Waiting for Godot', donate ten dollars to a local soup kichen, emergency aid group, or the Salvation Army. There are many better uses for money. Others who rated this book with five stars also recommended Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. What exactly were these people thinking?! 'Waiting for Godot' is like 'The Adventures of Dick, Jane and Spot' in comparison to 'Hamlet'. And Samuel Beckett is not even worthy of compare to Shakespere. Please do yourself a favor and skip 'Waiting fo Godot' on your English reading list. Read Hamlet or something with a plot, developed characters, theme, and a bit of conflict. I know most people like a good story line and some sort of struggle in a play or novel. Even Edith Wharton's novella 'Ethan Frome' is a better choice than 'Waiting for Godot'. At least it has some action- even if it is about some kids crashing into a tree on a sled. Another reason for not reading 'Waiting for Godot' is to be a rebel. Sure, it seems like everyone reads it, falls in love with it, and tries to live by its message. Though it may seem like rebels read the book, the real rebels are the people who refuse to read the literary garbage. Stand up and refuse to follow the opinions of others. Look through the lore and opinions. The truth is that 'Waiting for Godot' is an absolute bore. Does anybody really enjoy listening to mindless gibberish? I know that I don't. Beckett should not be considered an inspiring author because he wrote 'Waiting for Godot'. He should, in fact, be publicly humiliated, laughed at, and sent to a mental hospital. I am sure that the first people to view his play were completely bored or asleep during the production. Perhaps Samuel Beckett thought he could write plays because he wasn't that good at anything else. If he wrote that while he was in high school or college, his teacher or professor would laugh with contempt while he/she read it. I know that my teacher certainly would. After my teacher had a laugh(or a nap), she would stamp a big fat 'F' on top of it and banish me from English class forever. To conclude this lengthy review of 'Waiting for Godot', I want to say that I hope you make your reading experiences enjoyable and fulfilling. So I beg you, do not waste ten dollars on Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot'. Simply turn your back on it and forget about it. read William Shakespere's 'Hamlet', Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables', or Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. Remember, just say no to literary trash!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2011
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