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The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Stranger (original 1942; edition 1989)

by Albert Camus

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Title:The Stranger
Authors:Albert Camus
Info:Vintage (1989), Paperback, 123 pages
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The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)

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    DLSmithies: Two protagonists on trial without really understanding what they're being accused of - it's just a question of degree.
  2. 171
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (chrisharpe, DLSmithies, edelpao)
    DLSmithies: A compare-and-contrast exercise - Raskolnikov is all nervous energy and hypertension, whereas Meursault is detatched, calm, and won't pretend to feel remorse. Two masterpieces.
  3. 82
    No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre (TAir, Hollerama)
    Hollerama: I read both works in French class. Though Albert Camus denied being an existentialist, both L'Étranger (The Stranger) and Huis Clos (No Exit) have some common themes and are among some of the most important 20th century French works of literature.
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  5. 73
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  6. 51
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  7. 30
    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Georges Simenon (thorold)
    thorold: Respectable bourgeois discovers absurdity of life and commits motiveless crime.
  8. 41
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  9. 30
    Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist (Troddel)
  10. 11
    The Fall by Albert Camus (chrisharpe)
  11. 11
    The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo Jose Cela (thatguyzero)
  12. 00
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  13. 01
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  15. 58
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    LCBrooks: Complementary works that create a powerful foundation for a philosophical debate on revenge.
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    Sylak: Similar in feel and with the same sense of futility throughout.

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Excelente obra, como toda la literatura de Camus ( )
  anyulled | Apr 2, 2014 |

يُنهي ألبير كامي رائعته الغريبه ​
بجمله" في ذلك الليل الذي يفيض بالنجوم احسستُ للمره​ الأولى بعذوبة ورقة اللامبالاه ، واحسسست اني كُنت ​سعيداً في يومٍ من الأيام ، ومازلت حتى الأن اتمنى ا​ن ينتهي كل شىء ، واتمنى ان اكون هناك اقل وحده من ه​

هكذا ، بعد تجاربي مع البير كامي من قبل في الطاعون ​و سوء التفاهم وكاليجولا اختم اعماله بأهمها على الأ​

في البدايه تشعر بجو غريب في الروايه كأنها رتيبه او​ ممله ، او كأن الكاتب لا يهتم بإثارة اهتمام القراء​ لا يهتم بحيازة تعاطف القارئ مع البطل ، وكأنه يخبر​ك بشكل غير مباشر ، انه حتى هو وليس فقط بطله ، من ذ​لك النوع الذي لا يستطيع إلا ان يؤقلم معتقداته مع ا​

شىء في شىء يأخذك معه إلى عالم مختلف خاصةً بعد حدوث​ الفعل الرئيسي في الروايه ، ليُدخِلك إلى عالم مليئ​

لن تستطيع ان تصنف هذا العمل إذا كان عبثياً ، او سو​دوياً ، او ينتمي إلى المدرسه الكلاسيكيه ، ربما هو ​خليط من كل ذلك ! لكنه بالتأكيد يستحق القراءه والتم​

وكانت نسختي الورقيه ترجمة دكتور / محمد غطاس تحتوي ​على مقدمةٌ ممتعه .. مفيده وشارحه لأعمال ألبير كامي​ عموماً لكن اكثر مااعجبني بها ، إنها ليست مقدمه عل​ى الأطلاق ! فهي تأتي في مؤخرة الكتاب وهذا ماانادي ​به من فتره ، فهو لم يحرق لك الأحداث او يرغمك على ت​قبلها من وجهة نظر المترجم بل وضعها لك كخاتمه مفيده​ توضح الصعوبات وتبين نقاط الأبداع ​
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  Dina_Nabil | Mar 23, 2014 |
A classic. ( )
  JK135 | Feb 24, 2014 |
I was surprised at how sparse this was. I had no sense of place or feeling for the characters. Interesting concept, but not a philosophy that I share. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
My introduction to Camus was back in a philosophy class as we read "The Myth of Sisyphus", the essay in which Camus argues for Sisyphus's happiness in an absurd sentence. Interested in this thought, I picked this book up and read and appreciated it less than the essay, partly because the plot and the main character's narration in the first part of the novel seemed boring to me. However, it all picks up at the second part where the court practically decides whether or not the man lived an actual life. What proceeds is a near poetic argument of absurdity, although it goes to no avail, for who will listen to a man that detaches himself from most of what makes us human--who will listen to a stranger?

Tentative 3 stars ( )
  Max-Tyrone | Feb 13, 2014 |
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It is quite a trick to write of life & death, as Camus does, in terms of an almost total social and moral vacuum. He may get philosophical satisfaction from it. Most readers will call it philosophic doodling.
added by Shortride | editTime (May 20, 1946)
"The Stranger,” a novel of crime and punishment by Albert Camus, published today, should touch off in this country a renewed burst of discussion about the young French writers who are at the moment making more unusual literary news than the writers of any other country.

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Mother died today. (Stuart Gilbert translation)
Maman died today. (Matthew Ward translation)
Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
And I, too, felt ready to start life all over again. It was if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still.
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Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's first novel, THE STRANGER (l'étranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd."

Now, in an illuminating new American translation, extraordinary for its exactitude and clarity, the original intent of THE STRANGER is made more immediate. This haunting novel has been given a new life for generations to come.
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The Stranger is not merely one of the most widely read novels of the 20th century, but one of the books likely to outlive it. Written in 1946, Camus's compelling and troubling tale of a disaffected, apparently amoral young man has earned a durable popularity (and remains a staple of U.S. high school literature courses) in part because it reveals so vividly the anxieties of its time. Alienation, the fear of anonymity, spiritual doubt--all could have been given a purely modern inflection in the hands of a lesser talent than Camus, who won the Nobel Prize in 1957 and was noted for his existentialist aesthetic. The remarkable trick of The Stranger, however, is that it's not mired in period philosophy.

The plot is simple. A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. The trial's proceedings are absurd, a parsing of incidental trivialities--that Meursault, for instance, seemed unmoved by his own mother's death and then attended a comic movie the evening after her funeral are two ostensibly damning facts--so that the eventual sentence the jury issues is both ridiculous and inevitable.

Meursault remains a cipher nearly to the story's end--dispassionate, clinical, disengaged from his own emotions. "She wanted to know if I loved her," he says of his girlfriend. "I answered the same way I had the last time, that it didn't mean anything but that I probably didn't." There's a latent ominousness in such observations, a sense that devotion is nothing more than self-delusion. It's undoubtedly true that Meursault exhibits an extreme of resignation; however, his confrontation with "the gentle indifference of the world" remains as compelling as it was when Camus first recounted it. --Ben Guterson

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A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. In the story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus was exploring what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd". Now in a new American translation, the classic has been given new life for generations to come.… (more)

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