How It Is

How It Is

by Samuel Beckett

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Overview

“It is one thing to be informed by Shakespeare that life “is a tale told by an idiot signifying nothing”; it is something else to encounter the idea literally presented in a novel by Samuel Beckett. But I am reasonably certain that a sensitive reader who journeys through How It Is will leave the book convinced that Beckett says more that is relevant to experience in our time than Shakespeare does in Macbeth. It should come as no surprise if a decade or so hence How It Is is appraised as a masterpiece of modern literature. This poetic novel is Beckett at his height.” — Webster Schott

“A wonderful book, written in the sparest prose. . . . Beckett is one of the rare creative minds in our times.” — Alan Pryce-Jones

“What is novel is the absolute sureness of design. . . built phrase by phrase into a beautifully and tightly wrought structure — a few dozen expressions permuted with deliberate redundancy accumulate meaning even as they are emptied of it, and offer themselves as points of radiation in a strange web of utter illusion.” — Hugh Kenner

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802150660
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Series: Beckett, Samuel
Pages: 147
Sales rank: 647,384
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Alan Pryce-Jones

A wonderful book, written in the sparest of prose...Beckett is one of the rare creative minds in our time.

Webster Schott

It is one thing to be informed by Shakespeare that life "is a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing"; it is something else to encounter the idea literally presented in a novel by Samuel Beckett. But I am reasonably certain that a sensitive reader who journeys through How It Is will leave the book convinced that Beckett says more that is relevant to our experience in our time than Shakespeare does in MacBeth. It should come as no surprise if a decade or so hence How It Is is praised as a masterpiece of modern literature. This poetic novel is Beckett at his height.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More like a document from the case file of a mental patient than a work of literature. But has its moments.