Books: Waiting for Oblivion

WATT (254 pp.)—Samuel Beckett—Grove ($3.50).

Whatever else can be said for or against Dublin-born Samuel (Waiting for Godot) Beckett, he deserves full marks for consistency. Having decided that life is a hapless, hopeless thing, he goes right on repeating his message. His latest novel to be published in the U.S. (it was written in 1953) does not back off an inch from the chasm. Watt is a worthy literary companion to such other Beckett anti-heroes as Murphy, Malone and Mahood. Like them, he does not have a chance, and does not really want one.

He is a servant to an old man named...

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