- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: May 19, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0009QRZQ2
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The book seems to progress really slowly so it lost me towards the beginning and I was just trudging through it. Everything seems so slow yet events are progressing rapidly. I feel that this is a perfect representation of Meursault’s mind state; he is processing a million different things at once and yet he is in a constant state of inner peace because nothing affects him. However, once I got into part 2 of the book I read through it in one sitting because you are just begging for the moment Meursault breaks and finally shows some true humanity. You keep turning the pages, praying for him to finally show that he can be affected by the very unexpected turn of events.
I am still not entirely sure of how I feel about this book. Usually I have a very clear, distinct opinion of the novel by the time I finish it but with The Stranger there is a lot of gray area. Sometimes my attachment to certain characters affects my judgment on the book because I start to question their motives and actions, even if that has nothing to do with the actual quality of the novel and its writing. The writing in this novel is absolutely breath taking though. The descriptions of the power of the sun, the sky, and the stars blew me away and I was begging for more. It seemed that at times the sun and the sky were more influential aspects to the novel and Meursault that other characters were. Meursault is a stranger to humanity. He does not feel, does not regret, he just lives. He lives a very sad, pitiful life but he is still living. Part 1 just demonstrates that as much of a monster we believe Mersault to be because he smoked at his mother’s funeral or because he had sex the day after she was buried, the greatest monsters on the planet are the ones who are capable to feel, to love, to lose and continue to hurt others around them.
Protagonists of novels are often portrayed as heroes (whether triumphant or tragic), but Meursault certainly isn't. The reader is unlikely to extol or even respect him from virtually any perspective. However, because the story is powerfully told in the first person, the reader can comprehend Meursault's motivations to some extent and is therefore unlikely to despise him greatly. The feeling I had for him after reading the book is one of hostile sympathy: hostility toward what I saw as his unworthy character yet sympathy for his ending up the way he did mentally due at least partly to circumstance and upbringing.
The Stranger moved me much more than books of this length (~150 pages) generally do. It might do the same for you. I think the main learning I had from reading this is the awareness that there are likely thousands or even millions of people in the world who generally think and act like Meursault, and it's probably not entirely their fault they turned out like that. Regardless of fault, it's greatly alarming that so many people live perhaps their entire adult lives as Strangers.