L' Etranger, Paperback Book

L' Etranger Paperback

Part of the Folio series

4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)

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Who is estranged from whom? Camus gives a character we can follow, but not understand, and in the process shows us how little we understand about ourselves sometimes. Most of us do not shot other people, but we often do things, and if we were brought to trial for them, have no better defense than Camus's character. Thank goodness this does not veer off into Kafkaesque.

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I can't count the number of times I've read this story, and it becomes richer each time. Because Meursault is not a particularly lovable character, and because not much really "happens" in the way of plot, it was not a favorite the first or second time around. Now, it's a much-thumbed and marked-up classic, a truly great piece of literature.

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4

Psychological novel, very interesting, very French. Rather depressing too actually. Transports you to Algeria, to an alien colonial world - in that sense, it has a huge documental value. A must-read.

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Ask yourself why Meursault behaved the way he did. Ask yourself why Meursault's father isn't mentioned in the story. Read Camus' biography and find out what happened to his own father.

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4

A surprisingly straightforward read for someone with little better than intermediate level school French. A short novel written in simple prose. But the simplicity hides the complexity of the principal character and his story. It just shows that ideas are as important as writing talent for a novelist.

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