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Molloy

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Written initially in French, later translated by the author into English, Molloy is the first book in Dublin-born Samuel Beckett's trilogy. It was published shortly after WWII and marked a new, mature writing style, which was to dominate the remainder of his working life. Molloy is less a novel than a set of two monologues narrated by Molloy and his pursuer, Moran.

In the first section, while consumed with the search of his mother, Molloy lost everything. Moran takes over in the second half, describing his hunt for Molloy. Within this simple outline, spoken in the first person, is a remarkable story, raising the questions of being and aloneness that marks so much of Beckett's work, but is richly comic as well. Beautifully written, it is one of the masterpieces of Irish literature.

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"These two skilled actors hold the book together remarkably well....In audio this work takes on the full richness of comedy, probably as Beckett, preeminently a dramatist, intended." ( AudioFile)

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Fascinating text

The two monologues merging into one are fascinating. They mix striking realism and sincere folly... A different kind of literature for experienced reader listener.

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  • Gene
  • 21/02/2005

Nauseating, boring, hilarious, and magnificent

If you haven't read, heard, or seen Waiting for Godot, do so now. Then return to this additional masterpiece by Samuel Beckett. This is the stripped-down, minimalist story of one man, aged and deteriorating and bitter, but frank beyond what many people would find acceptable -- certainly this is not someone you would want to hang out with. No one can truly follow in the footsteps of Beckett in creating this kind of character and spare yet eloquent prose. There are two narrators of this book, and the first one, who is the voice of Molloy, is the best to render Molloy's music. Molloy is the first book in a trilogy, and the second has just been realeased on Audible format. I finally figured out the (perhaps obvious) significance of the three titles. In the first the main character's name is Molloy, though he sometimes forgets it. In the second the main character is named Malone, which seems to me to be basically the name of the same character, though his name has evolved. And the third, The Unnameable, is the last evolution, where the name has evolved into dust. I think that some people will just hate this book, but if it reaches you, it will reach to your core.

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  • Brad
  • 14/10/2011

Distinct

There were points in this narrative when I was laughing hysterically, and some when I was disgusted and filled with utter pity for our sad little man, Molloy. Beckett is unlike anybody I can think of: hilarious, disturbing, and somehow smooth all the while. I'll definitely be listening again and again to this one.
The narrator Barrett does an excellent job in this and other recordings.

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  • Ashton
  • 15/12/2015

Word Bliss

I got this because it sounded challenging. I couldn't stop listening. I was inspired by the loose ends. Utter audio bliss.

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  • Juan Malo
  • 03/05/2018

One of three of my favorite Audible Books

Caveat lector or caveat auditor, Samuel Beckett is an acquired taste, like escargot, cuisses de grenouille, or foie gras. If you are not familiar with the theater of the absurd, or the inexplicable and haunting mysteries of life’s angst and anguish, then you will not enjoy these stories or vignettes in the form of stream of consciousness of which Beckett was not only a Genius, but an adept Master. These are autobiographical fictional stories of Nothing but pure life in all its vicissitudes floating in and out of first, second, and third person. Bits of life full of tragedy mixed with comedy that will horrify and in an instant make you laugh at our genuine absurdity as we strive for purpose and the search for personal meaning in what seems to be a cold, irrational, and indifferent world. Beckett is one of my favorite writers and this trilogy of Malloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnameable is my most cherished. The narration is superb, sublime, and acted out in a dramatic fashion like many of Beckett’s plays, which makes the character studies seem more than life like. I only wish audible would continue to produce more of Beckett’s short stories with Sean Barrett and Dermot Crowley, these two great actors! Bravo and Kudos!!

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  • Rich Tanguy
  • 20/10/2020

first person narrative by a sad, unlikeable man

First, I am a literary Philistine. I really don't know much about lit. But I try to read the well known classical authors. So I chose Malloy by Samuel Beckett. I listened to two of the seven chapters. I couldn't take it any longer. This is a first person narrative by a man who is old, has some form of dementia (though his cognitive lapses do not conform to any specific type), and is generally an unlikeable person. I just got tired of hearing him go on and on postulating about things like the significance of one testicle hanging lower than the other. The portrayal of the character is entertaining and engaging. But the topic was just not something on which I cared to spend any more time. I said "story"; does a plot ever develop?

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  • Hokkaido
  • 15/09/2020

A dark and darkly funny masterpiece

This a dark book, and a true masterpiece, it is as if it's protagonists voice comes from a dark hole in the ground. He struggels with a poor memory, forgets, modifies or changes what he just said. Repeats himself. He is desoriented. Our existential condition resembles his, trying to handle lifes fifferent aspects. But this guy is really struggling. This is a dark book, but it is also very, very funny - if you are into absurd and dark humor.

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  • J. C.
  • 04/04/2019

ugh

I read this as a part of my reading list, but I couldn't finish. Maybe it's too "literary", but I just couldn't get through it. Disappointing

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  • Ryan Unsworth
  • 30/09/2018

A journey into madness

Beckett makes a mockery of meaning, while being able to explore it in ways both enlightening and comical. This is a very interesting novel and I am looking forward to starting the next in the trilogy.

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  • is me
  • 06/08/2018

a great book and perfect narration

I am revisiting Molloy after about 30 years since I first read it and I am amazed by the freshness of Beckett's writing. (Not surprised, as he's one of my favorites, but amazed). It meanders with such intelligence as to be instructive. The readers are really top notch, perfect at conveying the nuanced meaning in the work. If you like Beckett, by all means, pick this one up!

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  • ian
  • 28/07/2018

Unsurprisingly difficult to follow at times

Not the narrators' fault, though. Thr source material isn't best for audiobook format, but still engaging.

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  • dennis6
  • 16/01/2007

Molloy (Unabridged)

One of the best Samuel Beckett's Audio Book.
Sean Barrett reads perfectly.