- Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint. edition (1961)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000QIYPB6
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,084 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Stranger Paperback – 1961
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Basically, Meursault does not care about anything, does not feel anything for anyone (including himself, for the most part).Read more ›
Philosophically The Stranger is one of the most intriguing and moving books I have ever read particularly the final act where Meursault confronts the priest who attempts to lead him to the Christian God in the last days before his execution.Read more ›
Meursault reminds me so much of figures from the paintings of Manet. In painting after painting, Manet depicted individuals alone in crowds, failing or refusing to interact or even acknowledge the others in the frame. In one famous painting, a lower middle class girl sits alone in her own little orb, sitting beside an upper class gentleman, neither acknowledging the existence of the other, both self-contained, seemingly detached from the busy world surrounding them. Behind them, a barmaid drinks a beer, equally oblivious to everyone and everything around her. They might all be on separate desert islands. Manet repeats this in painting after painting. Meursault seems almost as if he had stepped out of one of those paintings. He can at least communicate with others, socialize with them, but he cannot express strong moral sentiments or develop affectionate (as opposed to sexual) attachments.
This is not a happy book.Read more ›
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Good book, but not sure why it ranks so high on all-time best book lists.Published 6 days ago by MondayMorning