by John L., March 23, 2009 1:53 PM
"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.