“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.” Endgame
“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
If there is one question I dread,
to which I have never been able to invent a satisfactory reply,
it is the question what am I doing.
“Beckett’s lectures indicate he found paradigms of indeterminacy and incoherence early in the history of the French novel, specifically in the school of the ‘Pre-Naturalists’. Flaubert and Stendhal were his models in this regard, and were given the compliment of being the ‘real ancestors of the modern novel’. What is most important about these writers is that through engaging with the multiple facets of reality through a numbers of modes and perspectives, their work leaves ‘some material indeterminate’. In contrast to Proust’s vision of aesthetic consolation and transcendence, there is ‘No such solution in Stendhal’.”— Josh Bolin, Beckett and the Modern Novel