Book of the Week

Echo's Bones by Samuel Becket. Photo: PA Photo/Faber & Faber
Echo's Bones by Samuel Becket. Photo: PA Photo/Faber & Faber

Echo’s Bones

by Samuel Beckett

“It is a nightmare... it gives me the jim-jams.” So wrote Charles Prentice, Samuel Beckett’s editor, upon receipt of this singular work.

A triptych of surreal conversations between Belacqua Shuah, a dead man, and the people he encounters in a strange state of limbo, the text features no discernible narrative, yet is nevertheless a fascinating stream-of-consciousness, so dense with word-play that the end-notes run longer than the story

It would certainly not make for the most accessible entry point for anyone new to Beckett’s work, but for scholars and aficionados, it is a must.