In this essay I propose to discuss Moran's stew as paradigm for the novel Molloy. After all, as Beckett had learned from Joyce, "the more carrots you chop, the more turnips you slit, the more murphies you peel, the more onions you cry over, the more bullbeef you butch, the more mutton you crackerhack, the more potherbs you pound, the fiercer the fire and the longer your spoon and the harder you gruel with more grease to your elbow the merrier fumes your new Irish stew." Beckett had of course already peeled a Murphy. In Molloy, he creates a concoction that fumes merrily in its own right and that is also nourishing, economical, and a little indigestible. What matters most, though, is that Beckett's Irish stew is nourishing, and that is what I will be devoting most of my argument to.



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