Meursault, an ordinary little clerk living in Algiers, leads a quiet and unemotional life. He commits a senseless murder and is convicted, his lack of emotion toward his mother's death weighing against him. As he contemplates his execution, he considers the value of life and is on the verge of exhibiting feeling.
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I drank the coffee, and then I wanted a cigarette. But I wasn't sure if I should
smoke, under the circumstances— in Mother's presence. I thought it over; really, it
' didn't seem to matter, so I offered the keeper a cigarette, and we both smoked.
He had a cigarette dangling from his underlip and a rather sickly smile. "Your
name?" Raymond gave his name. "Take that cigarette out of your mouth when
you're talking to me," the policeman said gruffly. Raymond hesitated, glanced at
The old fellow fidgeted a bit Then, "Well, I know I didn't ought to have done it," he
mumbled, "but I did take a cigarette from the young gentleman when he offered it
— just out of politeness." The Judge asked me if I had any comment to make.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - john257hopper - www.librarything.com
I had similar feelings about this novel as I did to the previous Camus novel I read back in 2012, The Plague. Like that one, the events surrounding the life of the narrator have an otherworldly feel ... Read full review
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This book is absolutely beautiful. Camus has wonderful writing technique and the content is interesting. I'm sure I didn't read into this as deeply as I should have, but I still pulled a lot away from the book. Definitely one worth a reread.... or four. Loved it. Read full review