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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
I have always thought of Camus as a sad existential philosopher but I think he is just absurd and misunderstood(or should not be understood).Published 17 hours ago by Larisa McCoy
Existential classic......theater of the absurd. The novel reaffirms Kafka's famous claim: "There is an abundance of hope.......but none for us!"Published 3 days ago by alltoohuman
I bought this book because I'm trying to read more of the classics. It's thought-provoking, and the conclusion is what I consider a tragedy.Published 8 days ago by snoozan
Interesting read. Definitely brings you to a place were you remember and appreciate the simple pleasures in life. Uncertain about how I feel about the ending though.Published 13 days ago by Dane Logan
The Stranger is a great book to do book projects and reports on.Published 15 days ago by Patrick Rachford
Its alright. Read it if you want, especially if you like Absurdism.Published 17 days ago by dtha9180
Excellent book, brilliant characterization. Keeps the reader interested all the time.Published 19 days ago by Janet Leifer
A must read! Among the greatest existentialist/absurdist books in the 20th century! Albert Camus, through this book, endeavored to enlighten us about our intrinsic vile human... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Tracy Engle