Murphy by Samuel Beckett

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Edited by J. C. C. Mays Murphy, Samuel Beckett's first novel, was published in 1938. Its work-shy eponymous hero, adrift in London, realises that desire can never be satisfied and withdraws from life, in search of stupor. Murphy's lovestruck fiancée Celia tries with tragic pathos to draw him back, but her attempts are doomed to failure. Murphy's friends and familiars are simulacra of Murphy, fragmented and incomplete. But Beckett's achievement lies in the brilliantly original language used to communicate this vision of isolation and misunderstanding. The combination of particularity and absurdity gives Murphy's world its painful definition, but the sheer comic energy of Beckett's prose releases characters and readers alike into exuberance.

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The 1374th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on Robert McCrum's top 10 books of the twentieth century (The Guardian)
  2. - 44th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  3. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)

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