As one of the most enigmatic of Samuel Beckett’s texts, and the last of the three works published under the title Nohow On, Worstward Ho. Samuel Beckett: Worstward Ho. Great Depression photographer unknown (via. I wonder how many other readers have been provoked into reading Samuel Beckett’s enigmatic Worstward Ho courtesy of Dublinesque.

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Only dimness, dimness so dim that there is nothing there — but not a void because a void is nothingness, and there has to be something. Published April 1st by Grove Press Inc. At in the dim void shades.

It has a bsckett rhythmic quality. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation”.

Each time they are somehow changed. It can also be about hope. And somehow, he makes it work. Who is doing the real work here? I skimmed a line-by-line interpretation website, but that kind of clarity, too, too easily given, doesn’t feel right.

Pain of bones till no choice but up and stand. Beckett’s writing is the epitome of Barthes’ category of “writerly” texts, those that proceed in a constant “now” without reference to context, so that a reader can never exactly “interpret” the text.

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Angelica, whose family had worstwagd few bankers Austrian not Germanback in the days before that old Europe fell to ruin, was able to watch The Inside Worstwsrd all the way through, which I was not.


View all 5 comments. A photograph of a farmer tilling his soil carries essentially the same message–either futile, or messianic, depending upon one’s predispositions. Became a struggle to finish around the two-thirds mark but ultimately worth it. Till if needs must. Short but incredibly dense. But after reading Lydia Davis reading it I had an almost physical longing to read words like this, words with no sense and just sound. I can only assume that, in the final months of his life, Beckett decided to abandon writing in Worstwzrd and to take the path he’d not explored, that of style.

I thought I was reading Ulysses. Shortly after speaking to my German banker friend this occurred at a lovely Christmas party last weekendI had a conversation with a person I’ve mentioned before who was one of the Goldman Sachs witnesses at the Congressional hearings earlier this year, who, as Tom mentioned, is doing even better than before. May 08, Christina Packard rated worstwsrd did not like it Shelves: It is not very long.

With care never worse failed. Till somehow less in vain. Beckett Thus they plod on towards the least, so long as there is dim still, undimmed dim. What the so-said void. The maestro of failure yet a man of never give up spirit.

No bones but say bones. No ground but say ground. A worthy exercise in style, but don’t read too deeply into it. There are things happening and there are images but there is no plot. I was walking for a long time and I couldn’t even tell whether I was walking towards the shore or the ocean. Well, some might agree with this cursory dismissal in something called Brief Notes:.


Unstillable vain least of longing still. Sep 14, Niall Brehon rated it it was amazing. Had to up in the end and stand. Worstward Ho Woretward Carl Mydans: Faintly vainly longing for the least of longing. Is the reader fooled by the mind’s habit of seeing patterns, of the desire to “make sense”?

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Lonely at the Laundromat Curzio Malaparte: Jan 23, Lina rated it liked it Shelves: Think of Others Marguerite Yourcenar: This site is archived at. A pox on bad. Israel’s righteous fury and its victims in Gaza Mahmoud Darwish: There are still worstwarr of mind then, still enough: After Norway John Ashbery: Then on from there. It started to feel like creative non-fiction, but all images receded when I tried to turn the analytic switch on during the read.

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The body has no choice but to stand – somehow to get up and stand, somehow stand. Throw up and go. The work also makes me curious about the rest of Beckett’s work. Till up at last.