“The question is whether our emotions come from within us naturally, or merely projected through us because thats what others around expect of us?”chika73 wrote this review Monday, September 10, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Camus develops the idea of the "absurd man", in his classic existentialist novel L’Étranger (The Stranger), 1942.
Meursault, the central character is ‘the study of an absurd man in an absurd world.’ The book sometimes translated as ‘The Stranger’ and sometimes as ‘The Outsider’ begins with the most famous words in 20th-century literature: “Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure...” It is a relentlessly compelling tale of gratuitous murder and vague redemption – “all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration,” – are the book's last words, which shatters our sense of the familiar world into a thousand pieces. ”
“One of my favorites! its almost like lookin at urself in a mirror.
i was glad there exists ppl like 'Meursault' whom i could relate to...story is raw,unfinished and liked it as it is...”
“I bought this book because of its cover. I mean, just look at it. It's marvelous! After owning it for a few days I opened it up and decided to maybe read some of the words inside of it. This turned out to be a fine idea because the words were put together well. As I read the words, I came upon a scene where a man was standing on the beach with a gun in his hand, confronting an Arab man. In my mind as the suspense built, I started to hear the bass line of a Cure song accompany the words as I read. This went on for a few pages before I realized the song in my head was Killing An Arab. Then I put it together that the song was written about the book. My! What a fun reading moment! Anyhow, if you've never stared hypnotically at this book before, I highly recommend it. The words are good too. Camus has put the "Uhss!" back into fabulous. ”StawberryWerewolf wrote this review Sunday, September 2, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is basicly a shorter and not as good Crime and Punishment. I loved the first half of this book, but the second half dissapointed me.”Taylbee wrote this review Monday, August 27, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it's hot. murder happens. that's it? ”potyondyenator wrote this review Friday, August 31, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not cognizant of the fact that such a magnum opus could be created, you are not living but merely existing..........”juhu wrote this review Wednesday, August 29, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book just out of curiosity: someone had told me that I remind him of "The Stranger" — and I was not even 20 :P”One wrote this review Monday, August 27, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Camus. I have read this in French and English several times. It is stark, amoral, and strangely elegant. Somehow I have this and the garish Baudelaire entwined. Those French and all their philosophical leanings. A must, even if it hurts.”stephie wrote this review Sunday, August 26, 2007. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No