- Paperback: 147 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books (May 7, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679720227
- ISBN-13: 978-0679720225
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 169 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was gonna gripe to the publisher, or the person who made it, but there's no information in here at all. This is a bootleg of a real book.
The central idea behind this novel is to show the reader that they mustn't draw conclusions on those around them, because everyone has faults and blemishes of their own.
Meanwhile, the progression of "The Fall" is rapidly thrown at you through dense and often times vague sequences of events, which, explores the themes of innocence, non-existence, and truth.
The most interesting aspect of "The Fall" was Camus's ability to make the reader into a character in the novel, he does this through the perspective of second person, yet he used a first person present tense. In doing so, Jean-Baptise Clamence is directly talking to the reader.
In short, "The Fall" is something that I recommend to people who are looking for a literary challenge of sorts. I say this because the book is far from a page turner, there are times often within the first 60 pages where you will wonder why you are reading such a book, however, if you finish the novel it will leave you thinking way after the last sentence. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
However, universal truths are present and the narrator is vividly real and contemporary and the writing powerful.
One reads Camus for the lucidity of the absurd.
The novel requires no extensive knowledge of philosophic topics in order to be appreciated, however, having that knowledge will only enrich the experience. Anyone with an interest in ethics, social roles, confession or simple artistic capability will enjoy this short, but dense novel.
On a final note, the novel presents a startling insight into the nature and power of confession, which is ultimately what Clamence is performing (reliable or not). Foucault's the History of Sexuality Part 1 speaks to this matter, one which is every bit as pertinent to the content and experience of *The Fall* as is any other philosophic or artistic reference, and one that is consistently relevant.