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The plot is simple. 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. The trial's proceedings are absurd, a parsing of incidental trivialities--that Meursault, for instance, seemed unmoved by his own mother's death and then attended a comic movie the evening after her funeral are two ostensibly damning facts--so that the eventual sentence the jury issues is both ridiculous and inevitable.
Meursault remains a cipher nearly to the story's end--dispassionate, clinical, disengaged from his own emotions. "She wanted to know if I loved her," he says of his girlfriend. "I answered the same way I had the last time, that it didn't mean anything but that I probably didn't." There's a latent ominousness in such observations, a sense that devotion is nothing more than self-delusion. It's undoubtedly true that Meursault exhibits an extreme of resignation; however, his confrontation with "the gentle indifference of the world" remains as compelling as it was when Camus first recounted it. --Ben Guterson
The way Camus develops this story makes it that much more interesting.
Overall, though, it's an interesting book to read, and when I was done, I found myself thinking about all sorts of things, because the book really does make you think.
Now I think that Albert Camus' THE STRANGER is a book more about anonymity, destiny and the absurdity of human life.
Probably one of the strangest things I've ever read. I can't say I'd recommend it to anyone. Don't waste your time, just read the Sparknotes if you have to read it for class.Published 18 hours ago by Patrick Bland
This is an excellent read as an introduction to French literature (in English translation).Published 8 days ago by Jeffrey H.
I recommend reading this after reading A Happy Death. This is another great piece of literature from Camus.Published 15 days ago by Donald Clark
This book was delivered to me three days after I ordered it. And the cover feels really cool.Published 16 days ago by Livonn Shannon
I don't really have a feeling either way about this book. It's decent.Published 18 days ago by Sekou Terry
It really makes you think about life and in the end of the book you feel ready death, it makes you feel unafraid. One of my top favoritesPublished 1 month ago by Erika