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Davinci wrote:Mandatory reading ay school. My mother tongue is French so I read it at about 12 and hated it. Really hated it. I thought it was boring nothing was happening. This was not the right age for me as I read only for plot at the time. Read it again at 20 and loved it so much I read it again a few times since then.
Yet another 'thumbs up' for mandatory school reading. It does introduce you to books you might otherwise never read.
Many people seem to miss the point or just simply not understanding the idea of the story when saying Meursault is cold/depressed/dangerous/asshole etc, or that the book is boring or something. Try reading it again with an open mind, and ask yourself what Camus is trying to tell you :)
Well I admit not everyone can like this, but I think so many more could like this if they only wanted to :P
sazzledazzle wrote:I read the book in school, in French.. and I have to say.. it confused me a lot. I didn't understand why Marsault led such a boring life! I found the book pretty hard to follow at some points. I think I'll need to read it again.
In general, the books that are written by existencialists are hard to understand. You have to think in a bit different way, I think
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.