I just finished reading the book and I loved it. I don't find it hard to grasp as many seem to, until the ending. I found his life interesting, and am intrigued into exploring more existentialism.
Scott wrote:What do you think of Meursault?
I like his simplicity and coolness. His frankness and how he does purely what he wants is almost inspiring. It's very hard for me to hate him, since we think in similar fashions. In fact he's one of my favorite characters from a book.
Scott wrote:What do you think of Meursault's refusal to become religious before his execution?
As an atheist myself, I honor for being true to his thoughts, and not changing under despair. He wasn't better against religion but thought there were more important things to spend his time on.
So yes I liked the novel, Part 1 (which seems like the place where many stopped) is much more passive and simple than part II. I enjoyed both parts though, and it was almost two different books.