The Stranger

The Stranger

eBook - 2012
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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 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780307827661
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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The novel tells the story of an emotionally detached, amoral young man named Meursault. He does not cry at his mother's funeral, does not believe in God, and kills a man he barely knows without any discernible motive. For his crime, Meursault is deemed a threat to society and sentenced to death.


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Sep 26, 2016

In the past 15 years, I have now read "The Stranger" 3 times - And with each reading I have found that this masterfully-written, short novel has never ceased to impress me with its vivid, thought-provoking narrative.

In my opinion - Novelist Albert Camus has undoubtedly written an exceptional story here of personal indifference where the reader can completely understand the main character's motives and acceptance for committing the unspeakable, unprovoked crime of cold-blooded murder.

*Author note* - Born in Algiers (in 1913) into extreme poverty - Albert Camus grew up and rose beyond this obstacle to become one of the principal forces in 20th century literature.

"The Stranger" (which was written in 1942) is considered to be one of Camus' first important works.

In 1960 (at the age of 46), Albert Camus was tragically killed in a car accident.

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