Nearly a decade ago some semester at UMass I read this slim collection I read it too uickly These brief pieces demand one s attention and ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD WHEN READ ALOUD best understood when read aloud 4 is the most exuisite of them all but they re all worth the time of any reader who has read and enjoyed ANY OF BECKETT S OTHER WORKS BELOW ARE A of Beckett s other works Below are a lines with fizzle numbers in brackets that are meaningful to meconfusion of memory and lament of loved ones and impossible youth "3These allusions to now to before and after and all such yet " allusions to now to before and after and all such yet come that we may feel ourselves in time 2Or anywhere any ope staring out at nothing just failing light uite still till uite dark though of course no such thing just less light still when less did not seem possible 7He faci Returning to my project of reading the whole of Samuel Beckett s works in chronological order I found myself bogged down after How It Is but have now after some months returned to the project by reading all of the short prose pieces written between 1956 and this little em of 1976 Now I understand why I was bogged down Beckett himself seems bogged down especially if you read these short texts in chronological order in fairly rapid succession in the Collected Short prose volume as I did I advise against it Read intermittently by chance in random moments without chronological order or expectations as I d experienced these texts separately over the years in those discombobulated Grove Press collections of old these texts make for much better reading If you want to streamline or skim then read only Fizzles Bits and phrases of the other texts of two decades of searching I think for a new tone new round to cover and finding only in a phrase here or there rather than in a form that would allow the outpouring of anything substantial than a few pages are coalesced here into a single small portfolio barely 60 pp in super large print The texts seem to have little in common other Samuel Beckett used the word fizzles to describe eight short prose pieces written between 1973 1975Most fizzles are unnamed and identified by their numbers or first few words Fizzle 1 He
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"Johns Is Killer Good "is killer ood Art Complements The Work Well complements the work well is the sort of book where you want to Class of 92: Out of Our League grab a telephone call a friend and say ohmigod LISTEN to this shit Late Beckett with its wave like lyricism provokes a sense of determinism and inescapable fate This is as eerie as Beckettets Although included in The Complete Short Prose I like to keep this small book Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story guess we d call it a chapbook now handy to read on its own I consider these stories an elemental source for unconventional syntax The stories play with many of Beckett s core themes but it seems he is most bent on stretching language to its limits via syntacticalames So want to know what it means to break the rules of syntax and apply it persistently amidst a narrative Start with Fizzles A favorite I will never finish this it doesn t appear to be made to be finished I bought this in 1977 or so at St Marks Books while attending public High School in NJ and I keep around this Grove Press edition with exclusively typographical cover design Distilled funny and sometimes opaue there is something almost nasty in the shortness but honed to an icepick About a uarter inch thick and deep as a chasm Full of paradoxes It was impossible that I should have a voiceand yet here he is voicing the impossibility There is nothing but what is said Not about a yearning for political representation not that kind of voice but rather the voice that s evidence of presence of existence Sometimes annoying and too hard with its fragmentary method and obscurantism but if you take the premise that it s not trying to hide things but rather to reveal it does become marvelous Beckett s stories have boiled down to a startling sparseness by the time these were written between the early 60s and the early 70s Still there is a lot of satisfaction to be otten from these pieces and they don t feel at all like fragments. Ll Beckett wrote all the fizzles in French and later translated them into English All the Fizzles are included in the collection The Complete Short Prose 1929 1989description from Wikipedi. Han their author and the time period despite their collection into a kind of numbered series under a single heading than title Maybe it s best to take these shorts as a distillation of the period s experiments mainly failed in terms of Literature with a capital L but perhaps important in terms of Beckett s stripping down process and as an step away from the important in terms of s stripping down process and as an important step away from the of the reat anti novels of the postwar period and the em like precision of the three short anti novels of the early 1980s Best though
"To Me Remains The "me remains the First Love and other Shorts which has the better and important earlier prose of First Love and a smattering of these 50s 70s experiments that includes my particular favorite Enough Best to read the Fizzles as a collection of poems in prose I suppose as a portfolio of a period of inconclusive spurts of words rather than the literary construction of a monolithic Work with a capital W While I have read Beckett in the past and really enjoyed him I found this collection of fizzles to be a little disappointing Some of them were interesting but I felt as if many had no reater message I could easily discern If I sat down and really tried to I m sure I could find meaning in the disappointing fizzles but this makes the collection not extremely enjoyable as a light read Overall though I did like the writing style as I knew I would and the collection was worth it as a thrift store find I wouldn t recommend it to everyone but rather to the reader who likes a challenge uick read and wonderfully written as expected of Beckett yum late period beckett to suck on i like fizzle 4 the best samuel is my literary father figure This is one of my all time favorite books of short fiction right up there with Robbe Grillet s Snapshots yeah I m Old Skool Well the argument about whether these pieces are poetry or extended prose poems could be extended infinitely in an Eleatic ame Beckett woul. S barehead Fizzle 2 Horn came always Fizzle 3 Afar a Bird Fizzle 4 I ave up before birth Fizzle 5 Closed place Fizzle 6 Old earth Fizzle 7 Still Fizzle 8 For to end yet againExcluding Sti.