Beckett in 90 Minutes

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 1 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Samuel Beckett's work evokes passionate responses: readers and playgoers either revere it or consider it a load of pretentious nonsense. But his philosophy of pessimism will always find a new generation of young readers, for it bursts the rainbow soap bubbles of illusion, leaving us blinking with stinging eyes at unremitting reality. Beckett's defeatism was no soft choice: he had iron in his soul and the wry humor of those who withstand all misfortune, who never admit final defeat.Beckett in 90 Minutes offers a concise, expert account of Beckett's life and ideas and explains their influence on literature and on man's struggle to understand his place in the world. The book also includes a list of Beckett's chief works, a chronology of his life and times, and recommended reading for those who wish to delve deeper.

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What the Critics Say

"A new-millenium version of Cliffs Notes...Breezy, chatty, and to the point." (ForeWord)
"The blend of biographical background and literary criticism....makes each an easily-digested introduction." (Bookwatch)
"It furnishes a quick way for general readers to familiarize themselves with writers they wish to read or re-read." (Tennessean)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.