The Stranger

The Stranger

Book - 1989
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A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. In the story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus was exploring what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd". Now in a new American translation, the classic has been given new life for generations to come.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1989.
ISBN: 9780679720201
9780394533056
0394533054
0679720200
Call Number: FICTION CAMUS
Characteristics: 123 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Murder -- Fiction.
Algeria -- Fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Additional Contributors: Ward, Matthew 1950 or 1951-1990.

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janerf
Nov 05, 2020

I don’t know about reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion of the 1940s, nor about nihilism, absurdism or existentialism - but I find it very comforting to have described to me ‘the gentle indifference of the world.’
Life is for living. Dare to live.

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christinegregori
Jul 12, 2020

1957 nobel prize literature

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 05, 2020

The Stranger is a short novel that could be read in an afternoon. It is dull and is not very engaging or interesting to read. The main character, Monsieur Meursault, is seeking a life that limits connection with people. He is looking for mental and emotional isolation. He feels apathetic towards and is detached from society. A large portion of the book involves the main character commenting on and analyzing his surroundings, making the plot simple and boring. The climax was the only portion of the storyline that was entertaining to read. After the climax, I quickly lost interest in reading the book. The novel presents the idea of absurdity and also demonstrates the dark sides of human nature such as indifference and insensitivity toward relationships. I would only read this book again to study further into the underlying philosophical themes presented, not for the actual content of the book. I would recommend this book for teens and adults because it has some sensitive topics. 2/5 stars.
@CookieMonster of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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mJJLnk7
May 20, 2020

The sun made me do it.
This statement makes Mersault, in his creator's own words, the only Jesus we deserve. Or, as Camus would say later, by writing "my mirror opposite (paraphrase)".
The most obvious explanation is perhaps the hardest to grasp. The reason the book must be experienced in all its scant, two-part detail. Taking Kafka's "Trial" into the boxing ring by way of Cain's style ("Postman Always Rings Twice").
Is he lethargic from a sun under which he was not born? A romantic about a people he never really understood?
The questions raise more questions. Which is why many men would agree with the verdict: greatest novel of 20th century. To be read with the play "Caligula" and "Myth of Sisyphus."

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lumberchicken
Oct 24, 2019

The Cure’s song “Killing an Arab” is based on The Stranger, so I read it...and I was disappointed. It’s far too anachronistic at this point. It did keep my interest, but let me down more than once. Perhaps, I should have retrieved the more popular translation, as suggested by many other reviewers.

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gjfricano
Jul 17, 2019

Perhaps my favorite philosophical novel and certainly one of western philosophy's most important texts.

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ManMachine
Jul 17, 2019

Originally published back in 1942 - "The Stranger" (aka. "The Outsider") was one of the very first novels written by French author, Albert Camus who was just 29 at the time.

This novel's overall theme and outlook has proven to be one of the best examples of demonstrating Camus' "philosophy of the absurd", which refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless, or chaotic and irrational universe.

"The Stranger" is widely considered to be a bona-fide classic of 20th century literature.

(*Note*) - In 1960 - Albert Camus (46 at the time) was killed (as a passenger) in a car crash.

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arunothia
Apr 29, 2019

How would you punish a guy who doesn't find anything punishing? I really wish I could be as detached from the world as the lead protagonist but then nothing really matters.. not even the fact that I cannot be detached from the World :P A nice read, I recommend it to all!

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candlesticktroughs
Apr 20, 2019

" ' A 19th century naturalist would have written " A bridge spanned the river." M. Camus will have none of this anthropomorphism. He says, " Over the river was a bridge." This object thus immediately betrays its passiveness. It IS THERE before us, plain and undifferentiated. " There were three negro men in the room...in front of the door was a lady I didn't know...beside her was the director..." 'He likes things for their own sake and does not want to dilute them in the flux of duration.'----Sartre.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 21, 2019

This is a fantastic novel written by Albert Camus. It follows Meursault, who is a young man living in French Algeria during the 20th century. The first part features a diverse set of characters, such as his lover, Marie, the old man, Salamano, his aggressive neighbour, Raymond, and more. The story highlights Meursault’s indifference and unique way of thinking and behaving, which is not accepted by many members of society. This is explored through a deep idea underneath the plot in the second part, where it becomes clear that in court, he will be tried for being different from societal norms rather than for the crime he has committed. While the pace of the plot is relatively slow, the book addresses deep topics and leaves a philosophical impact on readers. I would highly recommend the novel to anyone, and I would give it a rating of 4 stars. @Riveting_Reviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 26, 2018

Throughout the whole absurd life I’d lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me… What did other people’s death’s or a mother’s love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me…What would it matter if he were accused of murder and then executed because he didn’t cry at his mother’s funeral? Salamano’s dog was worth just as much as his wife.

As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.

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samesfoley
Jun 30, 2017

"I would have liked to have tried explaining to him cordially, almost affectionately, that I had never been able to truly feel remorse for anything."

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samesfoley
Jun 30, 2017

"Then he asked me if I wasn't interested in a change of life. I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn't dissatisfied with mine here at all."

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure."

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