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Murphyby Samuel Beckett
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"The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new." Thus, Beckett's Murphy begins, and the tone is set. A strange, bleak, humorous novel, published in 1938, Murphy's dilemma is that of achieving his desire to simply desire nothing, and naturally, this search goes nowhere. Perhaps not as powerful as some of Beckett's later and more famous works, Murphy nonetheless offers hints of Beckett's themes and concerns to come.
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"An unforgettable listening experience." Martin Esslin, former head of BBC Radio Drama, Berlin Academy of Art, August 2000
"a tour de force." Charles Champlin, former critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times, July 2001
"The book is full of lies." Samuel Beckett, to Rick Cluchey, Artistic Director of the San Quentin Drama Workshop, in London, 1986
"Murphy evokes a ferocity of terror and humor that shames most well-made novels of our time." The New York Times
"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." Anthony Burgess
"In the realms of annihilation, the writing of Samuel Beckett rises like a miserere from all mankind, its muffled minor key finding liberation to the oppressed and comfort to those in need." Dr. Karl Gierow of the Swedish Academy in the 1969 Commentary on the Award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Samuel Beckett
"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." Richard Seaver
'Murphy', Samuel Beckett's first published novel, was written in English and published in London in 1938; Beckett himself subsequently translated the book into French, and it was published in France in 1947. The novel recounts the hilarious but tragic life of Murphy in London as he attempts to establish a home and to amass sufficient fortune for his intended bride to join him.
About the Author
Samuel Beckett received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. A native of the Foxrock section of Dublin, he taught at Trinity College before moving to London and eventually to Paris where he became a confidant of the aging James Joyce.
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