“I actually enjoyed the existentialism in this story. ”Ms. Margaret wrote this review Monday, October 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Did you know Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen was based on this book? O.O ”Katrina ~"The crazy days, the city lights, the way you'd play with me like a child"~ wrote this review Sunday, October 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I finished this short book today, and it was interesting to read. The story was told in such a simplistic style that surprised me at first, but then revealed a deeper meaning to the tale. It's a book that makes you think about our perceptions and society, and the beliefs we hold and how people look at others who are different.
I think this tale is a good one, and should be read by people who are interested in morals and like to think and question the world in which we live.”
“Albert Camus's literary contribution to what is termed "Existentialism" is profound, and never more so in his short novel, "The Stranger".
This spine chilling story of a man outside of the real world, unable to see, understand, or communicate with others, is I believe, one of the great masterpieces of modern literature.
This short, simply and sparsely written horror story, tells of a man who exists, absent an ability to feel, understand, or empathize in the world he inhabits.
“I read this in French in high school. The accomplishment of that in and of itself leads me to remember it fondly. ”Aleea Christine wrote this review Sunday, September 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"In our society any man who doesn't cry at his mother's funeral is liable to be condemned to death."”anand m wrote this review Saturday, September 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have finished reading it. As you can see, the cover is very attractive. I thought the story would be very funny and unique. But I was wrong. It was very hard and unique. Not the words that was hard, but it was the expression and the connotative meanings that made me dizzy. So while I was reading the book, I have even thought of changing the book. But I was also getting more curious about the book. I wanted to know more about Mersault, more about his personality and the reason for his actions and thoughts. The book is about a man, Meursault who is quite different from the other people. He thinks that there are no meanings to everything. However due to this, everyone has bias towards him. They just think he is weird. People think and only talk about his guilt, but never think about who he truly is. People only criticize his abnormal reaction towards his mother’s death but not the actual case that he had made. Thus they are making the limit of their recognition. Which means people are judging a book only by its cover. I felt that I should try to understand people more, deeper inside their true heart even though they are different. It is hard to judge a person from a different perspective, because you never know a person from deeply inside. Yet, you shouldn’t judge a person by its first impression or background. Also, you shouldn’t treat a person as an outsider even though you think they are different. Difference is not guilt. Mersault in this story is an imaginary example of a character that could exist in our society. We can’t let this happen in this real world. ”David L wrote this review Wednesday, November 7, 2012. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A shortish book, recommended by a friend, which I managed to read in one sitting when I was travelling. The writing is very good, the plot excellent and I thought about the book and characters for a long time after I'd finished reading it.”Ruby Stone wrote this review Friday, September 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Meursault has a closer relationship with the environment than with the social world. He is an “outsider” in this regard because modern society tends to focus more on its cultural constructs than by the nature that surrounds it. Merusault uses nature to judge whether what is going on around him is good or bad instead of looking to social conventions or religion. He is happiest enjoying the sea, the sun, and the blue sky of Algiers. At the same time, when he feels his most oppressed, it is usually because he is feeling tormented by the heat and the sun. Meursault is capable of making social connections - Raymond, Celeste, Marie, and his neighbours, but he is also able to track the changes in light, the sea, the wind, and the earth that surround him. His needs are simple: watch the world go by from his balcony and go for swims with Marie. In Part I, Meursault does not express the usual signs of grief. He is more bothered by the bright lights of the mortuary and the scorching heat during the procession than from the loss of a loved one: “the glare from the sky was unbearable” (16). He is revitalized the next day by the sights and sounds of Marengo: “It was going to be a beautiful day…I could feel how much I’d enjoy going for a walk if it hadn’t been for Maman” (12). Later, Meursault meets Marie while swimming in the public beach. As he savours the pleasure of spending their first day together, he concludes his description with “the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold” (20). A typical day for Meursault is watching the changing colours of the sky from his balcony (23). He disappoints his boss for not being ambitious in his career. On the other hand Meursault is also disappointed because his boss doesn’t understand how pleasant it is when the roller towel is dry. The beach is a central setting for two major events in his life, the romantic interludes with Marie and the murder. On the day of the murder he wakes up with a headache , “the day, already bright with sun, hit me like a slap in the face” (47). The sun, the sand, and the sea are blinding and become the forces that drive him to commit murder. During his trial, Meursault measures time by the heat in the room. During the last day of the trial, as he predicts a guilty verdict, “I was overwhelmed by the memories of a life ..in which I had found the most simplest of joys…: the smells of summer, the neighbourhood I loved, a certain evening sky…”(104). On the night before his death, he is reconciled to dying and finds solace in nature : “Smells of night, earth, and salt air were cooling my temples. The wondrous peace of that sleeping summer flowed through me like a tide ……for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself (122).
Nature reminds him of his mortality, the importance of living in the here and now. In a moment of despair he wishes he could live another 20 years (114) because he knows that Heaven does not exist and so we are no more immortal than the plants or the birds. Meursault does not wish to see the priest, needing instead to just feel alive: “ I could feel the steady pulse of blood circulating inside me. I didn’t need to see the chaplain” (115). The priest is aghast and wishes for Meursault to believe in everlasting life: “Do you really love this earth as much as all that?” (119). The answer is yes, Meursault is a more a child of Mother Nature, than a child of God. ”