Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.
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At that point the caretaker said to me, "She's got an abscess." I didn't understand,
so I looked over at the nurse and saw that she had a bandage wrapped around
her head just below the eyes. Where her nose should have been, the bandage ...
He was in good health, so he'd offered to take on the job of caretaker. I pointed
out that even so he was still a resident. He said no, he wasn't. I'd already been
struck by the way he had of saying "they" or "the others" and, less often, "the old ...
It was then that I realized they were all sitting across from me, nodding their
heads, grouped around the caretaker. For a second I had the ridiculous feeling
that they were there to judge me. Soon one of the women started crying. She was
in the ...
the others up, and the caretaker told them that they ought to be going. They got
up. The uncomfortable vigil had left their faces ashen looking. On their way out,
and much to my surprise, they all shook my hand — as if that night during which
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I wasn't sure what to think when I first started reading this. It initially didn't feel worthy of the fuss, but as it enters the second part, it becomes a book that makes you think. Why are some ... Read full review
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Spoiler alert! Not that it matters anyway, but don’t read this review if you don’t already know how it all ends. The Stranger is a perfect book, with a flawed philosophy. Camus is a liar. If he really ... Read full review