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The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays Paperback – May 7, 1991
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Original Language: French
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According to Camus, suicide was a sign that one lacked the strength to face "nothing." Life is an adventure without final meaning, but still, in Camus' eyes, worth experiencing. Since there is nothing else, life should be lived to its fullest and we should derive meaning from our very existence. For Camus, people were what gave life meaning. However, in the moments following the realization that one will die, that one's descendants will die...in fact, that the earth will die, one senses a deep anxiety. And, as an atheist, Camus doubted meaning beyond this life.
"A world which can be explained, even through bad reasoning, is a familiar one. On the other hand, in a world suddenly devoid of illusion and light, man feels like a stranger." Isolated from any logic, without an easy explanation for why one exists, there occurs what some call "existential angst." While Camus did not use the phrase, it adequately describes the sensation. Even existentialists of faith struggle with creation, wondering why humanity exists when a Creator would not need mankind. Merely wanting to create something seems like a curious reason to create life. So, even for those of faith, the initial creation can be puzzling.
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This collection is a must to get a better understanding of The Stranger and other Camus novels and ideas.
He says that a person (at least those who are willing to think about their world) will inevitably be faced with a situation in which the world seems to become meaningless. This is what brings up the inevitable question... "is life worth living?" Camus comes up with his own answer to this question.
This isn't as accessable as his fictional pieces ( e.g. The Stranger, or the Plague), however, it does give you excellent insight into the philosophies that run throughout his other Novels. So, if you are already a Camus reader, I would highly suggest reading The Myth of Sysiphus --and then reading his other works again. However, if you haven't been exposed to him yet, I would recomend starting with The Stranger before reading this.
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This edition is awful. The layout is quite poor and clearly a bad rip off of http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679733736Published 13 days ago by Avi
I picked this up after it was referenced in Fargo. I found it unreadable after only a few pages.Published 1 month ago by Charles Kwiatkowski
I'd recommend this book to any fan of Camus - pronounced Camoooo as in like a cow - MooooPublished 1 month ago by Mast3r R3view3R
My copy arrived damaged, but worse than that was the quality of the print. Words were randomly placed on the page and the whole thing seemed copy-pasted from an online version -... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ELT