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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Well, some might agree with this cursory dismissal in something called Brief Notes:.
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A sterile, dreadful exercise, it might be said, and one does not, as Dr. So the reader witnesses the author trying to say the absolute minimum. Are you still with me?
We witness the author exploring setting: 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. So long as dim still. Or dimmed to dimmer still. Thus they plod on towards the least, so long as there is dim still, undimmed dim. Or dim dimmed to dimmer still, to the most dim dim. We witness his efforts with character.
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Can there be just one character in a piece of fiction? Back unsay shades can go. Go and come again. Much less come again. Nor old man and child. When stare clamped to one alone. Or somehow words again.
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Go no nor come again. Till dim if ever go. Never to come again. No, the shades cannot go away — much less come back again. They can blur, yes: But they cannot go away, nor come back again: Can there be a mind without people? Can there be words without minds? This was surely not intended by Beckett.
Remains of mind then still. Somewhose somewhere somehow enough still. No mind and no words? Just enough still to joy. Just enough still to joy that only they. There are still remains of mind then, still enough: Can there be no mind and yet be words? Even such words as these? So there are enough remains of mind still worsstward still just enough to joy. Just enough still to joy that there are only they. If you enjoy getting horribly tangled in your own thoughts, Worstward Ho is a fascinating game.
But what makes this game hard, is that Beckett being Beckettis also reducing the words to their bare minimum. And doing this to accomplish a task that has had philosophers struggling for years.
And in the end he has to be satisfied with not knowing. Enough still not to know. Not to know what they say. Not to know what it is the words it says say. Say better worse secretes. What it is the words it secretes say. What the so-said void. The so-said seat and germ of all. Enough to know no knowing. No knowing what it is the words it secretes say.
No saying what it is they somehow say. There are still enough remains of mind to allow me not to know: What it is the words it secretes say, what the so-called void says, what the so-called dim says, what the so-called shades say, what the so-called seat and germ of all says. Cross-posted at Read the Nobels.
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Well, some might agree with this cursory dismissal in something called Brief Notes: Beckett Thus bedkett plod on towards the least, so long as there is dim still, undimmed dim. Greenlaw We witness his efforts with character. Greenlaw What about thought?
Beckett There are still remains of mind then, still enough: Greenlaw If you enjoy getting horribly tangled in your own thoughts, Worstward Ho is a fascinating game. Beckett There are still enough remains of mind to allow me not to know: Please share your thoughts and join the conversation!
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