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Notebooks, 1951-1959 (Volume 3)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
College-level collections strong on Camus will find this a special acquisition presenting the notebooks withheld in France for some 29 years after his death, appearing for the first time in English. The first two volumes of his notebooks began simply but this concluding volume was written over the last nine years that he lived, and reads more intimately, like a diary. From his travels to his observations about life and politics, this concludes a fine expose of Camus' life and thoughts and is a 'must' for any college-level collection strong in Camus, particularly those who have his previous earlier notebooks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In his notebooks, Albert Camus is truthful, intelligent, articulate, and absolutely never dull. He was the rarest of beings, especially for a man; within Camus, mind-truths and body-truths remained wedded all his days, and nights. Including the contradictions--those are married, too. The guy is irresistible. This volume of his carnets is as delicious as the ones that came before. No matter what your mood--happy, sad, bored (which is probably the same as sad)--the jottings and drafts of Camus' pulsings and articulations will take you where you are, lift and turn you, will change your life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
These journal entries are far more cursory and selective and the beautiful journals of Gide or Kafka, but there are still glimpses into Camus' creative process and literary interests which often go unnoticed by biographers. He was surprisingly preoccupied with Don Juan and the work of Pasternak, and his explicit anti-communism comes through here repeatedly. There are numerous rough passages which would later be reworked into 'The Fall,' as well as 'Exile and the Kingdom,' but for the most part these fragments are a bit cryptic and uninteresting.
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on February 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The entries vary. Some go on for several paragraphs, others (most) are short and frequently obscure. Still, there's enough, in his inimitable style, to make even his jottings interesting. The man played his cards close...and admits as much. Thus, the sordid bits are missing. Footnotes here and there help, but not much. His angst at being human does, as one might expect, come through. But if you're looking for insights into WHY, you'll be disappointed. (He DOES sprinkle the occasional aphorism.) Accolades are definitely due Mr. Ryan Bloom (translator). Worth a skim.
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on April 13, 2014
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IF YOU LOVE CAMUS YOU WILL LOVE THIS. WHAT CAN ONE SAY ABOUT A RENOWNED AUTHOR EXCEPT THAT HE IS AS DESCRIBED BY THE REST OF THE KNOWLEDGEABLE WORLD.
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on September 25, 2014
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Nice job fuzz, now you just need to translate Hunter S. Thompson's work into French!
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