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The Guest (Creative Short Stories) Hardcover – April, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Education (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886823560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886823566
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By iBAIT on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is not a childish short story meant to please your Hollywood-driven sentiments of fulfillment. It is an early text from Existentialist writer Camus who experimented in this story with the many principles of Freedom, Angst, Authenticity, the Gaze, and the Absurd. I encourage readers to read this short story in the context of mutual identity, captivity, and freedom. Nothing is more instrumental to the construction of the story than the Arab-schoolteacher interaction and Gaze.
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Unlike his three well-known novels – ‘The Stranger’, ‘The Plague’ and ‘The Fall’, all written with a 1st person narrator, Albert Camus’s ‘The Guest’ has an objective 3rd person narrator telling the tale. Easily located as an on-line PDF, ‘The Guest’ can be read in less than an hour, a story written in 29 short paragraphs, each paragraph sectioned off with its own paragraph number, giving the impression Camus wanted to clearly delineate his existential musings at each point in the story.

The story begins when the main character, a schoolmaster by the name of Daru, watches from his empty schoolhouse built on a steep hillside in the Algerian desert as two men approach, one an old gendarme (French police officer) on horseback and the other an Arab walking with his hands bound by a rope. Once they are all seated in the schoolroom, Daru asks where the two of them are headed. The old gendarme, Balducci by name, a man Daru has known for a long time, tells Daru how it is with him and the Arab. Here are Camus’s words:

"No. I'm going back to El Ameur. And you will deliver this fellow to Tinguit. He is expected at police headquarters."
Balducci was looking at Daru with a friendly little smile.
"What's this story?" asked the schoolmaster. "Are you pulling my leg?"
"No, son. Those are the orders."
"The orders? I'm not . . ." Daru hesitated, not wanting to hurt the old Corsican. "I mean, that's not my job."
"What! What's the meaning of that? In wartime people do all kinds of jobs."
"Then I'll wait for the declaration of war!"
Balducci nodded. "O. K. But the orders exist and they concern you too. Things are brewing, it appears. There is talk of a forthcoming revolt.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAB on February 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Guest" was an interesting short story full of emotion and dilemma, but the ending is very unsatisfactory with loose ends. It'll keep you guessing and it's full of suspense, but the ending is a letdown. I "sorta" recommend.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eli Drotnick on June 14, 2000
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very gripping on the emotional dilemma of the arab
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