Worstward Ho

by Samuel Beckett | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0714540064 Global Overview for this book
Registered by christina82 of Stege, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on 12/2/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by christina82 from Stege, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Tuesday, December 04, 2007
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Journal Entry 2 by stubee from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thanks it's arrived, it shouldn't take long to get through this at all - 47 pages of Big Letters.

EDIT 13/05/2008: Well I must say I didn't really understand this at all when I first read it and then it was only when I read this explantion/translation that I began to understand.

Journal Entry 3 by stubee from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Once I've read this I'll be sending it out as a bookray, usual rules apply if your interested in joining please PM me with shipping preferences.

- The person before you will PM you for your address, please PM them back with your address
- Please make a journal entry once you've received the book
- Please put the book at the top of your TBR pile but under other rings/rays that arrived first
- Read the book (take your time and enjoy the book, try to finish it within one month)
- When you are close to the end, refer to the journal and PM the next person to get their address
- Once you finish the book, make another journal entry and let us know what you thought
- Please send the book to the next person on the list!
- If you are the last person please do whatever you like - release it into the wild, start another ring/ray or keep it if you want to!... Happy Reading!!

KT-J - Bury, Lancashire, UK (International)
garibaldisghost - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK (International)
ekranda - Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Brunton11 - Salford, Lancashire, UK
starflash - CRAWLEY, West Sussex United Kingdom
shnedwards - Wakefield, West Yorkshire UK (International)
afraberg - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (International) skipped
hetku77 - Nokia, Pirkanmaa, Finland (International)
tootshelling - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (International)
cat207 - Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (Oz Pref)
jubby - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (International)
jellyfish67 - Burnley, UK (International) <--- It's Here
Tubereader - Luxembourg, Luxembourg (International)
stålanden - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Journal Entry 4 by stubee from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 15, 2008
Right I think we've got enough to start this now. If more people join I'll amend the list accordingly, the novella is already in KT-J possession (she’s my girlfriend so there were no postage costs in giving this to her, ***chuckles***).

Journal Entry 5 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Sunday, May 18, 2008
Well I read this last night and I have to say I didn't really understand what on earth it was going on about! However, I really liked the writing and the way the words and sentences flowed on from one to the next! Goes to show you can enjoy something without having a clue what it means!

Stubee has garibaldisghost's address so will be posting this on shortly.

Journal Entry 6 by garibaldisghost from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 22, 2008
A nice thin package with a nice thin book in it arrived safely today, ta!

Journal Entry 7 by garibaldisghost from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 27, 2008
According to the notes on the inside front cover this is meant to be 'A cosmic work that points to the future of human destiny'. Alas, to me it just seemed a list of semi-random words that didn't mean anything.

Still, my 108th out of 1001 ticked off.


On its way to a fellow '1001er'

Journal Entry 9 by Paws4Books from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Got this in the post today - got one book to finish reading then i'll start this one! Thanks for sending it to me garibaldisghost and thanks for organising the ray stubee!

Journal Entry 10 by Paws4Books from Deal, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, May 30, 2008
OK, this one took me back to the times when I used to sit in English lessons with a poem in front of me that I could not work out and I was totally dependent upon the teacher to decipher it for me. The good news is I did manage to understand areas within it: I picked up on the description of a frail old man kneeling down, I was also aware of a young child and a younger man being discussed...a woman was also brought into it but if I’m honest I got lost from there on. But all is not lost, I took a look at the earlier journal entries and spotted the link provided by stubee, this truly opened my eyes to the meaning but now I’m starting to think maybe all I really needed was the link and not the book after all!!

All the same thanks for sharing, I shall now contact the next person on the list for the ray!

Released 12 yrs ago (5/31/2008 UTC) at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada



sent today by post.

Journal Entry 12 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 02, 2008
Received today - Thanks for the card and from the various entries the good advice! I think this is one of the smallest books I've ever seen...

Journal Entry 13 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 14, 2008
Well I don't think there's much to be said that hasn't already been recorded in previous entries! I feel we got off lightly in English Language GCSE/A level with books like this available ;)

Book number 36 for me from the 1001 BTRBYD list. I promised myself I would try different styles and authors and this was certainly different.

Once I have an address from Starflash I'll get this book on its way. Thanks all for sharing.

Journal Entry 14 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Posted to Starflash today.

Journal Entry 15 by starflash from -- Controlled Releases, West Sussex United Kingdom on Saturday, July 19, 2008
Received this week, thank you!

22.8.8 I have the address of the next participant, I will send the book off next week, after the bank holiday

Journal Entry 16 by starflash at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, August 24, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (8/27/2008 UTC) at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



I kept this for a month to re read: unfortunately I didint get more out of it the second time than I did the first. About the most confusing Becket text I have seen But thank you for sharing anyway. xxx

I will be sending this off after the bank holiday......

Journal Entry 17 by wingshnedwardswing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
It's here! Thanks starflash and stubee.
Hmm, after reading everyone's reviews so far I'm reminded of Bernard Black in Black Books: "Enjoy it. It's dreadful but quite short." :P We'll soon see! I'll sneak this one in tonight after the last of the Gogol stories.

Journal Entry 18 by wingshnedwardswing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Well, I managed to read this while In the Night Garden was on. I would be lying if I said I enjoyed it. One of my first thoughts was that it reminded me of the sort of text my university tutors used to get us to translate into German if they were in a particularly vicious mood. So I just let the words wash over me and leave their vague impressions on me. But afterwards I followed the link that stubee provided to the explanatory notes and realised my impressions were just totally wrong. Or maybe not. I just got an oppressive feeling of doom and death from the words, life fading and being extinguished rather than being created. Maybe that was the point.

Anyhow, as everyone else has said, that's another one crossed off the list, so thanks for sharing stubee. I bet Beckett and his mates would have enjoyed the futility of trying to read all the constantly changing 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

PMing the next participant now.

ETA: afraberg has asked to be skipped so I'm PMing the next next participant.

Journal Entry 19 by wingshnedwardswing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sent off to Finland yesterday. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 20 by winghetku77wing from Nokia, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, November 23, 2008
22.9. The book arrived today, thank you shnedwards!

18.11. I finished reading the book last night. I knew from the previous journal entries and from flipping through the book beforehand, that it will most likely be a hard one to read. If native English speakers had difficulties, I'd be in deep trouble. But I didn't let it to disturb myself. I also decided not to use the explantion/translation stubee posted. I just read the words and let them to create images in my mind. An interesting experience.

23.11. The book was mailed to tootshelling today.

Journal Entry 21 by tootshelling from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, December 05, 2008
Got this late last week, sorry for not posting immediately!

I have 2 rings ahead but I'm well into reading both of them and this one looks like it will go quickly.

13 January UPDATE: so, I just read this one this morning. hmmm...I can't say I enjoyed it but I can't say I hated it either. I did feel a rising, a change in feeling and a closing but I can't say what those things were about! I would like my own copy so at some point I can re-read it and ponder it a bit longer.

PMing next in line
2 Feb UPDATE: Off to Australia!!

Thanks again for sharing!

Journal Entry 22 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Arrived in today's mail - along with four others! Thank you tootshelling, and stubee for sharing. X

Journal Entry 23 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Monday, March 30, 2009
Mmmm... I'm lost for words.

On to jubby.

Journal Entry 24 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, April 03, 2009
Received in the post today. And, I must say that I am rather put off by some of the earlier comments...

Journal Entry 25 by jubby at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (4/19/2009 UTC) at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



Oh dear.

Yes, this was definitely weird. It didn't help that I misread the title and thought it was 'Westward ho'. I had images in my head of an old man looking back on life, much like Dickens' ghost of Christmas past. So, you can imagine my surprise when I went to post this book onto jellyfish67 and saw the title again.

Aah... I thought. But, it was still weird, and if a year three student of mine handed in a piece of writing like that, I would still send them back to their desk to correct the grammar!

Weird, strange, bizarre. Not sure that I understood it, but at least I can tick it off on the '1001 list' now.

Posted off to jellyfish67 a couple of days ago.

Journal Entry 26 by jellyfish67 from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Friday, May 01, 2009
Arrived safely yesterday.

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