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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In his notebooks Camus recorded the observation that "the curious feeling the
son has for his mother constitutes all his sensibility." And Sartre, in his "
Explication de L'Etranger," goes out of his way to point out Meursault's use of the
child's word ...
mother." When I left, they walked me to the door. I was a little distracted because I
still had to go up to Emmanuel's place to borrow a black tie and an arm band. He
lost his uncle a few months back. I ran so as not to miss the bus. It was probably ...
At one point he said, "You know, your mother's friends will be coming to keep vigil
too. It's customary. I have to go get some chairs and some black coffee." I asked
him if he could turn off one of the lights. The glare on the white walls was making
Before I do, would you like to see your mother one last time?" I said no. He gave
the order into the telephone, lowering his voice: "Figeac, tell the men they can go
ahead." After that he told me he would be attending the funeral and I thanked ...
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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