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The Fall by Albert Camus
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The Fall (1956)

by Albert Camus

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Meh.

Perhaps I should have read this in one sitting? Perhaps then the tension and interest would have been sustainable.
I tried. And in truth, if it was that interesting, I would have polished this off much more quickly.

Perhaps the impact of this story has been lost on me because its truths have been expounded upon countless times since the publication of The Fall, & thus in this version - perhaps one of the earliest modern works to address them? - I don't see them as revelatory as if I read this 60 years ago? That I can't help: I wasn't alive when this was first published, & none of my teachers introduced me to Camus at an early-enough age to appreciate his place in the canon.

I think this is something I'd actually see as a play, or a movie. To see this performed rather than read a one-sided conversation would be preferable. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Oh, I know that guy. That's the guy who realizes that he's not as good of a person as he thought he was, and rather than doing the work to make himself a good person, decides to drag everyone else down to his level instead. This is a good portrait of that guy. The problem is, that guy is a jackass I don't want to spend any more time with. Good thing it was short.
  jen.e.moore | Apr 28, 2016 |
é o tipo de livro que a gente lê na época errada. tem que estar na vibe de fazer uma reflexão e não era o meu caso nesse momento. ( )
  karineamaral | Jan 31, 2016 |
Suitably gloomy about human nature, this "confession" is no walk in the park but rather a jounrey to the depths. Even the highest altruism is here exposed as crass selfishness, but it does hold some brilliant writing. Here's an existential gem to take home: "One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn't even know whether or not once can hang on till the next day." Free "Fall"ing, indeed. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
I love this guy. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
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Albert Camusprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buss, RobinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maclaine Pont, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, JustinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Some were dreadfully insulted, and quite seriously, to have held up as a model such an immoral character as A Hero of Our Time; others shrewdly noticed that the author had portrayed himself and his acquaintances...A Hero of Our Time, gentlemen, is in fact a portrait but not of an individual; it is the aggregate of the vices of our whole generation intheir fullest expression. LERMONTOV
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May I, monsieur, offer my services without running the risk of intruding?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679720227, Paperback)

Elegantly styled, Camus' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer's confessions is a searing study of modern amorality.

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Elegantly styled, Camus' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer's confessions is a searing study of modern amorality.

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