Murphy, Samuel Beckett’s first published novel, is set in London and Dublin, during the first decades of the Irish Republic. The title character loves Celia in a striking case of love requited” but must first establish himself in London before his intended bride will make the journey from... show more
Murphy, Samuel Beckett’s first published novel, is set in London and Dublin, during the first decades of the Irish Republic. The title character loves Celia in a striking case of love requited” but must first establish himself in London before his intended bride will make the journey from Ireland to join him. Beckett comically describes the various schemes that Murphy employs to stretch his meager resources and the pastimes that he uses to fill the hours of his days. Eventually Murphy lands a job as a nurse at Magdalen Mental Mercyseat hospital, where he is drawn into the mad world of the patients which ends in a fateful game of chess. While grounded in the comedy and absurdity of much of daily life, Beckett’s work is also an early exploration of themes that recur throughout his entire body of work including sanity and insanity and the very meaning of life.
Publish date: January 11th 2011
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 170
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, 20th Century
, Irish Literature
, Nobel Prize
In this early, pre-epiphany work, Beckett's influences are clear: Schopenhauer's pessimism, Descartes's dualism, and Joyce's modernism all makeup that which is Beckett's first published novel, Murphy. The writing can at times appear dense or seemingly incoherent, but when the text is given the requi...
Thought I'd review this as so few have, and this is Beckett's first, best, and funniest novel. Many people think of Beckett's characters, and they come up with something like this: These post-apocalyptic, hollowed-out characters sitting around in the blank landscapes of Beckett's plays h...
Scintillating, superb, fractal geometry in words.Yeah, that verdict stands too.Rating: 5* of fiveThe Book Report: This is always hard when describing Beckett. Murphy loves Celia, the prostitute. Miss Counihan, surprisingly anthropoid for an Irishwoman, loves Murphy. Neary, a philosopher, comes to lo...