An exceptional job of research and writing.
Discovering the huge gap in quality between this translation and the gigantic original after I was already halfway through the English version was frustrating.
The fact that Camus was such a crystalline writer only makes this book seem like more of an insult.
It is a pity that so fine a biography has been shorn of all notes and bibliographic mateerials. A pity and inexplicable, since American interest in Camus has always been great. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Michael Greenebaum
Some of these reviews talk about a characteristic "choppiness" in Todd's Camus biography. I knew immediately what they meant: one looks in vain here for coherent discussions of... Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by chainlink
Camus is not the easiest of writers to categorize. Both philosopher and literary figure, his world is fraught with too many pitfalls for the casual glance. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Francis Lemfield
One hopes that the French edition, which is 400 hundred, not 100, pages longer, is considerably better, but I find that hard to believe. Read morePublished on December 23, 2004 by Jonathan
This book provides an interesting portrait of someone whom most would now qualify as one of the more interesting (if not most important) authors of the twentieth century. Read morePublished on August 21, 2000 by J. Michael Showalter