Samuel Beckett's Mal Vu Mal Dit/Ill Seen Ill Said

Samuel Beckett s Mal Vu Mal Dit Ill Seen Ill Said First Published in Routledge is an imprint of Taylor Francis an informa company

  • Title: Samuel Beckett's Mal Vu Mal Dit/Ill Seen Ill Said
  • Author: Samuel Beckett
  • ISBN: 9780824034498
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • First Published in 1997 Routledge is an imprint of Taylor Francis, an informa company.

    563 Comment

    • Khashayar Mohammadi says:

      Regardless of your opinion on Beckett, He's an artist that has haunted the psyche of countless writers who came after him. It was my third time reading Ill Seen, Ill Said in the past few months. After entering the literary world, few writers have occupied my mind as much as Beckett has; and his later novellas have a lyrical allure unlike any of his early work. Poetic lines that replay in your mind long after you've closed the book.More than anything, there's a sense of claustrophobia that penetr [...]

    • Cody says:

      Trump Reviews The ClassicsDidn’t understand a fucking word. Genius!

    • Lee Foust says:

      I'm a huge fan of the so-called Nohow On trilogy, Beckett's last three short novels of the 1980s. Ill Seen Ill Said is the second and, although quite beautiful, a tad weaker than the sublime transcendence of the other two. This one was written in French, which perhaps explains why it's a tad less poetically satisfying--although it's still rhetorically more stripped down and economical and, well, sublime, than the earlier longer novels. (Although those novels are also brilliant in their own ways, [...]

    • Logan Sander says:

      Understood nothing, felt everything. Beautiful prose.

    • Marc says:

      There are these meaningless symbols. Twenty-six of them. And we put them together in units and we arrange these unit in lines. We punctuate them. Breathe life in them as we speak/read them aloud or in our heads. And they fail to capture even a quarter of the emotion, tangibility, and seeming futility of human existence. But they're better than silence. Mostly.This book felt like an artist's rough sketch of outlines and gestures. A hint at a barren landscape and an old woman. Life is harsh and ei [...]

    • Ronan says:

      Generally the reader has no idea what is going on here from sentence to sentence but it doesnt really matter. Made up for by some incredible and unusual use of language and a completely unique and roundabout style of exposition. 'Ever scanter even the ranks weed', 'it it draws her' (yep two its), 'to vary the monotony', 'calm slabworn and polished by agelong comings and goings', 'while the eye digests it's pitance'. The star system fails again here because this is probably a work of genius and I [...]

    • Kamel Khairalla says:

      Somtimes you feel that some writers in the 20th century , were commissioned by a greedy psychiatrist to drive thier readers into becoming depression patients. Thier goal as fasionable Ivory-tower intellects was to make a reader lose all hope, and feel the helplesness and lack of purpose in life. obscurity, absurdity and replacing all smiles with gallows humor against all forms of existance. Beckett´s " Ill seen , Ill said " is just another example of those. Nobel or no Nobel, It dosn´t matter. [...]

    • Carolyn DeCarlo says:

      words left strong impressions on me but meaning was hard to grasp possibly due to the rate at which i read it. feels like if i reread this book my rating would go up proportionate to the times i reread it and the rate at which i read. portions i read aloud to myself stuck with me the most/'gave' the most meaning. parts felt extremely creepy without anything 'going on' just literally from the feelings embedded in the words beckett chose to use. this is the first book i've read by samuel beckett, [...]

    • Mikael Kuoppala says:

      Samuel Becket is a truly peculiar author. His prose- if you can even call it that- is as enigmatic as the most experimental poetry, seemingly impossible to decipher and analyze. Yet this stream of consciousness somehow resonates within you, conveying strong, captivating impressions and emotions.“Ill Seen Ill Said” is trademark Becket: strong, beautiful writing that haunts you and shakes you to the very core in an apparently vague but extremely effective manner.

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    • Estermann Meyer says:

      No. One moment more. One last. Grace to breathe that void. Know happiness.

    • John says:

      The stream of consciousness is interesting, poetic, hard to follow. But emotional and satisfying.

    • Josh says:

      Don't get me wrong, I love Beckett. But he is rarely a pleasure to read. And yet I keep coming back to him over and over again. Why?I don't know.Maybe I'm a masochist. Perhaps I feel compelled by the praise that critics shower down on his work.But more truthfully, I think it's because of works like this and Play. Works were it's not all evident at first, but where, as you think about it for days after - which you inevitably will - you realize that there was some deep seated truth within yourself [...]

    • Mika Auramo says:

      Samuel Beckettin pienoisromaanissa kertojana toimiva tarkkailija seuraa talven aikana ikkunastaan kaivolla ja haudalla käyvää vanhaa eukkoa. Kerronta on katkelmallista ja noudattelee monista Beckettin näytelmistä tuttua tematiikkaa. Välillä päästään kurkistamaan vällyjen alle, pihiseekö henki vielä ja näkeekö kertoja vielä naista.On pakko myöntää, että en oikein saanut tähän tarinaan otetta, vaikka yritin lähestyä sitä kirjan nimen kautta. Silti katkelmallisuus, symboli [...]

    • Janne Paananen says:

      Samuel Beckettin teos on tyyliltään runomainen luoden ennemminkin tunnetiloja kuin selkeitä tapahtumia. Ja varsin vahvoja tunnetiloja tämä luokin haikeita, kaipaavia, synkkiäkin. Kirja käsittelee kuoleman odottamista ja kohtaamista, eikä ole sikäli niitä maailman helpoimpia lyhyestä sivumäärästä huolimatta.

    • Suvi says:

      Modernistiseen tyyliin kirjoitettu. Mieleen tulee tajunnanvirta, päähenkilö ei jäsentele tai selvennä ajatuksiaan. Tunnelmana kuolema, menetys, synkkyys. Kuka on kuollut tai kuolee, sitä ei selvitetä. Vaatii keskittymistä lukemiseen, ei avaudu. Minimaalisen ilmaisun takia hankala seurata.

    • Susa says:

      Beckett on supistanut ilmaisun aivan minimiin. Kaunista kun käsitteli runomuotoisena, tylsää ja paikalleen jäänyttä kun ajatteli tarinana. Tämän ymmärtäminen vaatisi varmaan paljon enemmän Beckettin tuotannon lukemista.

    • Selby says:

      Got to love it when what you're reading is smarter than you are.

    • Jonathan Norton says:

      An old woman lives in a shack. "The eye will return to the scene of its betrayals Was it ever over and done with questions?"

    • Henrik says:

      Mestarillinen tämäkin, harmittavan huonosti muistan.

    • Ida Aasebøstøl says:

      Inhale emptiness. Be happy.

    • Kevin says:

      « Déjà tout s’emmêle. Choses et chimères. Comme de tout temps. S’emmêle et s’annule. Malgré les précautions. »

    • Susanna says:

      Kirjoitustyyli ei oikein iske muhun.

    • Anna says:

      Nainen. Mökissä. On. Kuolemassa. Hieno pieni romaani olemassaolon päättymisestä.

    • Brian Donarski says:

      Ill written.

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