The Stranger

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jul 27, 2016 - 78 pages
The Stranger by Albert Camus is a very short novel that can easily be read in an afternoon. However, digesting the content will certainly take much longer as this little novel raises serious questions about morality, society, justice, religion, and individuality. The Stranger is recounted in first person is a very direct, no nonsense style. The narrator is named Meursault and the story opens with him reading a telegram informing him of his mother's death. Meusault is not overly shocked as his mother is old and has been living in a home for the elderly. Outwardly, he doesn't become overcome with grief. At the funeral he doesn't cry as he is actually more overcome with heat due to the hot Algerian summer than with grief. The funeral is followed by more everyday events and an ill-fated growing friendship with a local pimp. Somehow the forces of nature and man conspire to work on Meursault in a manner that causes a sudden outburst of violence that shatters his world.

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User Review  - AngelaJMaher - www.librarything.com

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

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Born in 1913 in Algeria, Albert Camus was a French novelist, dramatist, and essayist. He was deeply affected by the plight of the French during the Nazi occupation of World War II, who were subject to the military's arbitrary whims. He explored the existential human condition in such works as L'Etranger (The Outsider, 1942) and Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942), which propagated the philosophical notion of the "absurd" that was being given dramatic expression by other Theatre of the Absurd dramatists of the 1950s and 1960s. Camus also wrote a number of plays, including Caligula (1944). Much of his work was translated into English. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus died in an automobile accident in 1960.

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