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Mercier and Camier

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A. Alvarez, reviewing the English translation of Mercier and Camier in the Observer (6 October 1974) regrets that Beckett did not permit the novel’s publication earlier “since it is a good deal more accessible than ‘Watt,’ its dementedly obsessed predecessor, or the increasingly despairing and obscure trilogy which followed.” Reading the novel in hindsight, so to speak, Alvarez identifies in it the “authentic dramatic gifts” that would launch Godot, “above all, the ability to keep the dialogue two jumps ahead of itself and to sustain a train of thought over the intervening chasms of chat.”