The Stranger

The Stranger Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach Camus explored what he termed the nakedness of man faced with the absurd First published in English

  • Title: The Stranger
  • Author: Albert Camus Stuart Gilbert MatthewWard Leman Sarı
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  • Page: 154
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  • Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed the nakedness of man faced with the absurd First published in English in 1946 now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

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    1. Albert Camus Stuart Gilbert MatthewWard Leman Sarı

      Albert Camus 1913 1960 was a representative of non metropolitan French literature His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work Of semi proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy only chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that field , he came to France at the age of twenty five The man and the times met Camus joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright e.g Caligula, 1944 He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkner s Requiem for a Nun His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in L Equipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose collective creation R volte dans les Asturies 1934 was banned for political reasons.The essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe The Myth of Sisyphus , 1942, expounds Camus s notion of the absurd and of its acceptance with the total absence of hope, which has nothing to do with despair, a continual refusal, which must not be confused with renouncement and a conscious dissatisfaction Meursault, central character of L tranger The Stranger , 1942, illustrates much of this essay man as the nauseated victim of the absurd orthodoxy of habit, later when the young killer faces execution tempted by despair, hope, and salvation Dr Rieux of La Peste The Plague , 1947, who tirelessly attends the plague stricken citizens of Oran, enacts the revolt against a world of the absurd and of injustice, and confirms Camus s words We refuse to despair of mankind Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them Other well known works of Camus are La Chute The Fall , 1956, and L Exil et le royaume Exile and the Kingdom , 1957 His austere search for moral order found its aesthetic correlative in the classicism of his art He was a stylist of great purity and intense concentration and rationality.


    1. I don t know what to do with these stars any I give stars to books and then I think, god, you give five stars to everything, people will think you are terribly undiscriminating so then I give four stars or even three stars to some books Then I look back and it turns out that that I ve given four stars to Of Human Bondage and honestly, how could I possibly have thought it was a good idea to give that book less than five stars It is the absurdity of human conventions that has us doing such things. [...]

    2. The book is simply written and a rather quick read, but the depth Camus manages to convey through this simplicity is astounding I think a problem a lot of people have with this book is that they fail to look beyond the whole what is the meaning of life message While an interesting question, the book raises so many other philosophical questions beyond this What I found the most interesting of these is what truly defines humanity or makes someone human During Meursault s trial, he is constantly ac [...]

    3. Albert Camus 1942 classic Here are the opening lines Mother died today Or, maybe, yesterday I can t be sure The telegram from the Home says YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY FUNERAL TOMORROW DEEP SYMPATHY A telegram, not a personal phone call or someone on staff from the old people s home actually making the hour trip in person to inform her only son, but a terse three line businesslike telegram cold, insensitive, almost callous a telling sign of the mechanized times.Then first person narrator, Monsieur M [...]

    4. If You Exist The Stranger dramatises the issues at the heart of existentialism.The same issues are probably at the heart of life, whether or not you believe in a god.Being JudgedIt s interesting that there has been a crime and now Meursault is being judged.The judgement is symbolic not only of the justice system, but of God s judgement of humanity.Defending YourselfYou would normally expect the defendant to assert their innocence or plead not guilty in the criminal justice system cue Law and Ord [...]

    5. A short review because there are so many other good reviews of this classic When I first read this eons ago, I assumed the stranger was the Arab man that the main character kills on the beach It s set in Algeria Not so Meursault, the main character, is a man without feelings and one incapable of feeling remorse Those deficiencies show at his mother s death when he does not cry and does not even seem terribly upset They show again when he agrees to write a letter for a friend so that the friend c [...]

    6. I just finished reading this famous classic story All this time I had no idea what it was about What an interesting little book I enjoyed reading in the same way that I have Siddartha , by Herman Hesse, or The Alchemist , by Paulo Coelho It s a brilliant small book especially knowing it was written so long ago 1942 but it s timeless Is everything the same as everything else Does it matter who we marry or if we marry Does it matter if we live or die Must murder have a meaning Whose challenge is i [...]

    7. If every few words of praise I ve seen for The Stranger over my lifetime materialized into small chunks of rock in space, there d be enough sh t to conjure up the Oort Cloud Much like this distant collection of debris bordering the outer solar system, I can t really comprehend the acclaim heaped on this story, but luckily, like the Cloud, it s usually out of sight, out of mind, and has absolutely no discernable current influence on my life And just like the Oort can occasionally spit a chunk of [...]

    8. It was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness Even if we exist in a world devoid of meaning, why is it that our actions still bear so much weight The crime and punishment of Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus academically canonized The Stranger depicts the ironies of enforcing meaning in a void and the absurdities that surround us as humans walking towards the same cold, lifeless fate Since we re all going to die, writes narrator Meursault, it s obvious that when and how [...]

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    10. The Stranger was first published by Albert Camus in the original French in 1942 I cannot help comparing the hollowness, the emptiness in Meursault s soul to the soldier in Hemingway s short story Soldier s Home But in that story, Hemingway describes a change from the war and his reactions are connected with his recent martial experiences Camus makes no mention of Meursault s past experience, his emptiness is fundamental to his soul, and his reaction is to the world in general Camus introduces us [...]

    11. It came as something quite shocking which left me dazed for days I don t consider myself worthy enough to review this book because I won t be doing justice to this book, at all This book has left me in a certain distress with so many questions to ponder upon And sometimes I think if this book can be reviewed at all The prose of Camus is very simple and eloquent, and is a pleasure to read, but he raises some philosophical questions a layer beneath his beautifully crafted novella which leaves you [...]

    12. 579 L etramger The Outsider, Albert Camus 1977 1344 147 1345 141 1345 148 1362 132 1366 155 1382 142 9789644531101 1386 171 9789643059149 1388 128 9789649971599 1388 112 9789643635633 1390 88 9786005816617 1392 134 9789641720690 1393 176 9786001760990 .

    13. Mersault, a twenty something clerk of great intelligence but no ambition, little expressed emotion and the attitude of why bother changing or making a choice, there s nothing wrong with the status quo But if pushed, by his girlfriend into marriage he will go along with it Or whe his violent pimp of a neighbour wants him to compose a letter to his mistress that is meant to result in extreme nastiness towards her but backfires , he will act It s as if inertia is his default The only time he really [...]

    14. L tranger is an exemplary work of literary art presenting an amalgam of apathy and humanity, in such a manner that is paradoxical, yet profoundly fulfilling This laudable writing explores the numerous possibilities of human life while acknowledging its absurdities.Albert Camus brilliantly introduces the indifference of the world towards its inhabitants through the title character, Meursault s withdrawal from his surrounding society Meursault, devoid of ordinary sentiments, is tried before trial [...]

    15. LA DOLCE INDIFFERENZA DEL MONDO Gi l incipit memorabile Oggi la mamma morta O forse ieri, non so Ho ricevuto un telegramma dall ospizio Madre deceduta Funerali domani Distinti saluti Questo non dice nulla stato forse ieri.Il film di Visconti del 1967 Mersault Marcello Mastroianni.Continua tutto cos questo librino, non perde un colpo, sarebbe da citare per intero, da mandarlo a mente, Lo straniero non si leva pi dalla testa, ritorna a galla nel tempo, anche a distanza di anni, ipnotico Ma anche u [...]

    16. I was so amped about this book when I tore through it a few weeks ago alas, in that yawning chasm of time between then and when I first sat down to start this review as opposed to this most recent effort I think at least my fourth , I found that I d forgotten a lot of the specific reasons why it had hit all the right spots for me Fortunately, since has instilled in me the need to take notes on, emphatically underline passages from and analyze the pants off every book I read these days, a quick r [...]

    17. The Stranger is considered by many to be one of the most important philosophical novels of the 20th Century In most college courses on Existentialism a philosophy which holds that human beings create the meaning and essence of their own lives The Stranger is usually the first thing you will read If you re interested in philosophy, or Existentialism specifically, The Stranger is a great place to start.Camus describes Meursault, the main character, only sparingly and for the majority of the novel [...]

    18. The Stranger by Albert Camus, though quite regarded by many as a great philosophical existentialist novel I m gonna be a non conformist here is not quite right for me I m really quite at odds here Before anything else, I would like to state that I was rather pleased with the first half of the novel, but sadly not by the second Sure, this novella exposes certain absurdities in our society I d agree to that But for me, the truths that this book expounds upon is not enough to make up for the negati [...]

    19. Writing about your favourite and the most influential single book of your life not that that means anything is a little like staring into the sun, the same sun here in an Australian suburb as that of an Algerian beach so I shall squint, if you don t mind.Firstly, Sandra Smith s work is excellent I have read all four English translations of L tranger that I am aware of Stuart Gilbert, Joseph Laredo, and Matthew Ward being the other three If you know of another, please let me know at least once ov [...]

    20. English The Stranger Italiano The Stranger was suggested to me by the protagonist of another book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Actually, many books are cited in The Perks of being a Wallflower , but The Stranger is the book that intrigued the protagonist and me.Meursault is a modest employee of French extraction who lives in Algiers He lives his daily routine with indifference, unable to openly manifest even the simplest emotions And it is with apathy that he learns the n [...]

    21. The OutsiderAlbert Camus In spite of my willingness to accept this glaring certainty, I simply couldn t Because, in reality, from the moment judgement was passed, the evidence my sentence was based on seemed ridiculously out of proportion to its inevitable conclusion What or perhaps who is an Outsider One who doesn t conform to the norms set out by society Who makes his choices irrespective of contemplating their probables outcomes as per society or simply one who acts as life props up Monsieur [...]

    22. It is almost impossible to describe Camus The Stranger to people who haven t read this book yet L tranger is so unlike many other novels with philosophical themes that you can easily see why it has received its position among books people say everyone should read once in their life If you get around to reading this surprisingly short novel, don t do so with the wrong expectations In a common book, the plot would leave much to be desired and Camus doesn t invent characters you care such a great [...]

    23. I didn t feel anything except that he was beginning to annoy me.Well, this book was fucking amazing It s smart, short, quick, and funny I d highly recommend it to anyoneSIC STORYThis book is about an autistic man who ends up on trial for murderOUGHTSCamus famously said In our society any man who does not weep at his mother s funeral runs the risk of being sentenced to death This basically sums up the whole novel.Our protagonist, Meursault, is pretty apathetic to anyone else s feelings and only c [...]

    24. Hace rato que ten a ganas de leer este libro de Camus De seguro leer los dem s pronto.El extranjero es una mirada punzante al absurdo existencial a trav s de un extra o en propia tierra que, indiferente, niega su ser a fin de que la muerte sea algo ya contemplado Una manera de afrontar el misterio de un m s all sin significado y una vida ap tica que no es m s que un lento suicidio.Camus explora en la impasibilidad, en la neutralidad de un protagonista con una angustia concentrada que se manifies [...]

    25. My first encounter with Camus and with the stranger that had been hiding inadvertently within me during all these years left me quite perplexed Is the title of Camus s novel that obvious Who is truly The Stranger here The disenchanted narrator of a story with no real plotline and no definite answers The faceless mass of people who loathe and condemn him according to arbitrary morality The alien countenance that stares back at me in the mirror on a muddled succession of monotonous Mondays Aren t [...]

    26. The eye catching front along with back cover of the copy of The Stranger aka The Outsider which I read in 1999.I FOUND the book to be a lot different than anything else I have ever read Its opening line Mother died today Or yesterday maybe, I don t know Then Albert Camus goes on to describe Mersault s feelings regarding his mother s death But surprisingly he has none One is shocked at reading this and finds Camus s hero or rather anti hero to be absolutely strange or rather a stranger , which t [...]

    27. Albert Camus rightly deserves his place in history as a Nobel Laureate and the following statement made in 1957 when he was awarded this prize in Literature says it all For his important literary production, which with clear sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times.The tragedy of it all is that three years later he will be killed in a car accident in France and In his briefcase was the incomplete first draft of a new book, Le Premier Homme The First Man , [...]

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