By Hugh Kenner
Samuel Beckett, who wrote every little thing either in French and English, really good in brief enigmatic texts, implying big visionary works of which the tales are damaged items. Kenner's consultant is designed to aid readers see past the tale in Beckett to the textual content as an entire and to understand the individuality of every of his works.
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Grave'--the word for her face--carries mortuary overtones as well as a demeanour of gravity. The face comes -43Questia Media America, Inc. com Publication Information: Book Title: A Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett. Contributors: Hugh Kenner - author. Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Place of Publication: New York. Publication Year: 1973. Page Number: 43. too late to darken the sky blushing away into the evening shuddering away like a gaffe --as though her life had been a mistake the Creator retracted.
He had come from an atypical Irish family--Protestant in a Catholic country, modestly affluent in a poor country--and had undertaken one of the Irish modes of suicide, which is continental exile. That was not how he planned it, that was what it became. What he had first intended was the academic career so many twentieth-century men of letters have proposed. His father, who was to leave an estate of £42,395, spent his working days doing arithmetic, a window on reality many Beckett protagonists were later to cherish.
SAINT-LÔ Vire will wind in other shadows -45Questia Media America, Inc. com Publication Information: Book Title: A Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett. Contributors: Hugh Kenner - author. Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Place of Publication: New York. Publication Year: 1973. Page Number: 45. unborn through the bright ways tremble and the old mind ghost-forsaken sink into its havoc We may feel that it says nothing apprehensible. Still, the opening modulation, 'Vire will wind' (Vire is the river of Saint-Lô) solicits the memory repeatedly, until we pick up, perhaps, the echo of 'wind' in 'mind', and then think to apply the mind's 'havoc' to the ruins of the war-beaten city, and associate 'shadows' and 'ghosts', and gradually grow familiar with the tiny structure: two lines about Saint-Lô, two lines about the speaker, the halves of the poem, by a baffling geometry, at once parallel and divergent.
A Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett (Irish Studies) by Hugh Kenner