The Unnamable is the third novel in Beckett's trilogy, three remarkable prose works in which men of increasingly debilitating physical circumstances act, ponder, consider and rage against impermanence and the human condition. The Unnamable is without doubt the most uncompromising text and it is read here in startling fashion by Sean Barrett.
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"Beckett is one of the most positive writers alive. Behind all his mournful blasphemies against man there is real love. And he is genuine: every sentence is written as if it had been lived." (The New York Times Book Review)
This book is a long and disjointed monologue of some (unnamable) being, trying to determine what it/he really is. He is sometimes waiting to die, sometimes waiting to be born, always struggling with facts, sensations and language itself in the search of himself. Definitely not for everybody, but extremely funny in its way, and well worth the effort in my opinion.
But the narration here is simply astounding. Sean Barrett brings this incredibly difficult, almost inaccessible work to life in a way I never imagined possible. The same also goes for his work on "Molloy" and "Malone Dies", but this book is truly the hardest of the three, and Mr. Barrett reads it perfectly.
These books were so full of mad sanity it can be difficult to stay "on the bycycle." Malloy was the easiest for me; he is so hysterically original. But they become more serious as they move along; the characters voices assuming a more bitter maturity. Beckett is a world class poet and I'm out of my depth without larger insights than my own to follow but I loved the adventure and will enjoy listening to them repeatedly for years to come.
English school principal & teacher in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
Absolutely. I recommend Malloy in particular.
I love Beckett and literary experiments in general, but this book was just too hard to follow audibly. The nature of the story is that nothing's happening, so it's easy to zone out and feel like you're wasting your time by listening to it. The performance was as good as can be expected, but this is a book that doesn't easily lend itself to another medium.
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