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Camus: The Stranger (A Student Guide: Landmarks of World Literature) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521539777
ISBN-10: 0521539773
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Book Description

This handy guide places The Stranger, one of the seminal texts of existentialism and twentieth-century literature in general, in the context of French and French-Algerian history and culture. Patrick McCarthy examines the way the work undermines traditional concepts of fiction. In addition, he explores the parallels and the contrasts between Camus's work and that of Jean-Paul Sartre. Overall, this account provides students with a useful companion to The Stranger. This second edition boasts a revised guide to further reading and a new chapter on Camus and the Algerian War.

About the Author

Albert Camuswas born in Algeria in 1913. During World War II, he joined the Resistance movement in Paris, then became editor-in-chief of the newspaper Combat during the Liberation. A novelist, playwright, and essayist, he is most famous for his novels The Stranger and The Plague. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.

McCarthy is the director of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society. He is also an author.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (January 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521539773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521539777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan L. Rubendall on January 15, 2009
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The description and customer reviews provided with this Kindle edition refer to Camus's The Stranger not to this book, which is Patrick McCarthy's analysis of The Stranger. I purchased it thinking that McCarthy was the translator. That is not correct. This volume does not contain Camus's book, which is apparently not available for the Kindle.
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This book is NOT Camus's "The Stranger"! It is a literary review of the work, and NOT the work itself. If you are looking to read Camus's "The Stranger" DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! I feel that Amazon should refund/not charge for those who buy this book thinking they are going to read Camus!

NOT CAMUS "THE STRANGER" NOT NOT NOT!
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Stupid me - I thought I was buying a translation of The Stranger. This is an analysis and commentary. Well done, but not what I intended.
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By Kap411 on April 21, 2011
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I thought that I was downloading The Stranger by Albert Camus and not some review by a stranger. How deceptive Amazon!!! Now I have to figure out how to delete this garbage from my Kindle. I guess reading the fine print is fundamental.
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CAVEAT EMPTOR!!! The listing is VERY unclear on this point: this IS NOT the text of Camus' The Stranger. It is a literary criticism of Camus' work!! I skimmed through it, and it appears to be an interesting analysis, but if you are looking for the actual book, THIS IS NOT IT!!!
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I bought this book from my kindle. The page for it in the Kindle store was very misleading, much like this listing on the Amazon website. "The Stranger" is required reading for my Literature class, and I bought this thinking I was getting my the book I needed. Now I want my money back! While it's true that this might be a useful read, I am unlikely to ever even open it again now because I feel so cheated. The listing was very unclear; I am out ten dollars, and I'll have to spend more to get the book I need. I'm so mad and when I do buy the right book, I certainly won't buy it from Amazon!
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I just wanted a copy of the stranger this looked right. But its a book about the author not the book by the author. I want my money back!!!
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For anyone else who might purchase this erroneously: This is someone's analysis of Camus' work, not the work itself.
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