Murphy

Murphy

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by Samuel Beckett
     
 

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Murphy, Samuel Beckett’s first published novel, is set in London and Dublin, during the first decades of the Irish Republic. The title character loves Celia in a “striking case of love requited” but must first establish himself in London before his intended bride will make the journey from Ireland to join him. Beckett comically describes the

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Murphy, Samuel Beckett’s first published novel, is set in London and Dublin, during the first decades of the Irish Republic. The title character loves Celia in a “striking case of love requited” but must first establish himself in London before his intended bride will make the journey from Ireland to join him. Beckett comically describes the various schemes that Murphy employs to stretch his meager resources and the pastimes that he uses to fill the hours of his days. Eventually Murphy lands a job as a nurse at Magdalen Mental Mercyseat hospital, where he is drawn into the mad world of the patients which ends in a fateful game of chess. While grounded in the comedy and absurdity of much of daily life, Beckett’s work is also an early exploration of themes that recur throughout his entire body of work including sanity and insanity and the very meaning of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802144454
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
282,089
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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Anthony Burgess
Samuel Beckett is one of the great controversial playwrights of our age�.As a novelist he is just as important. His novels, like all important works of art, has the stamp of the inevitable on them: they had to be written and, though we suffer reading them, we are glad that they have been written.
Richard Seaver
Murphy is very much the forerunner of that remarkable series of works whose protagonists search endlessly for nonexistent answers, each embarked upon a journey that has no end.
Dr. Gierow
Dr. Karl Gierow of the Swedish Academy in the 1969 Commentary on the Award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Samuel Beckett
In the realms of annihilation, the writing of Samuel Beckett rises like a misereie from all mankind, its muffled minor key finding liberation to the oppressed and comfort to those in need.

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