by Samuel Beckett


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In prose possessed of the radically stripped-down beauty and ferocious wit that characterize his work, this early novel by Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett recounts the grotesque and improbable adventures of a fantastically logical Irish servant and his master. Watt is a beautifully executed black comedy that, at its core, is rooted in the powerful and terrifying vision that made Beckett one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13: 9780802144485
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/16/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 524,981
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Kenneth Rexroth

A step forward in the best possible medium for Beckett's vision -- the grim humor of Iphigenia in Taurus, Lear, Machiavelli's Mandragola, and Jonson's Volpone.

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Watt 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Watt is my favourite Beckett work. An obsessional, regressional grotesque, savage and hilarious (natch), like Murphy gone over with a lint remover. You can see Beckett taking a cleaver to the extraneous humanity of his earlier works, and the boiled bones which remain in the pot of Watt inform everything that comes after.
jburlinson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a very bad person once. Everyone in my book club got a chance to nominate a book for our monthly read. I nominated Watt. Then I didn't show up for that meeting. I no longer belong to that book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wakked in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in somewhar confidently with amber hair flowing behind.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Watt is definetely not for the average reader who is willing to sit down every night and read a pleasure book for twenty minutes. One must wonder what Beckett is saying about how we as humans think. You should only read Watt if you have a strong curiousity for what the human brain can make out of such simple and pitiful subjects such as the analysis of a spoon or the schedule of meals. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it after and would recommend it to the curious at heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Watt' is after all a worth-while novel. That is to say: it is difficult, strange, interesting and baffelling. I don't know how many people will actually 'enjoy' it, but you WILL see things around you a bit differently after reading it. I liked the book because it was in its own way a masterpiece. For me, the more different interpretations one can get out of a book, the better it is in the literary sense. Perhaps all that is not saying much, and it isn't. Read it for yourself. You'll see what i mean.