Discussion of The Stranger by Albert Camus

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Re: Discussion of The Stranger by Albert Camus

Post by Arsethuon » 04 May 2014, 12:06

I read this book last year, it was one of the books I had to read for school and I never thought it can be a nice one. It's not very interesting to read, but it has a real story that amazed me. It's hard to understand because being indifferent about everything in your life, even for mother's death or killing, is not very understandable for normal people. Even in prison he was so indifferent that he didn't care about anything, he was just feeling more bored than in the normal times when he was free, he just never felt alive. On the end was the first time he felt like a human being and alive, but it was too late to change the past - this is actually what we all feel when consequences of our deeds come to us, but we don't always pay them with our lives. I suppose this is what this book was about, because I don't think someone can be sentenced to death for being indifferent on a funeral and for killing a single human.

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Post by avid reader28 » 18 May 2015, 02:10

The stranger by Albert Camus is one of my favorite books, I read it from an early age and several times after that, I still enjoy it every time :)

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Post by obiebookworm » 10 Nov 2015, 10:05

It's a classic!
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Post by mauriziopietrantuono » 31 May 2016, 03:03

Loved it

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Post by chaseygatha1 » 09 Mar 2019, 18:20

The book is based on nihilsm. Let's hope that there is no one on this earth who has acquired this attitude to life. However, it does question some traditions that can be deemed unecessary. Why do we have to eat using plates, cups and spoons? Why can't we eat from the pot or tin? I don't think that those who are living in thr aftermath of natural disasters or wars would consider to lay the table... All they would want is food...

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Post by Noosh » 05 Sep 2019, 21:11

4 stars.

“Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure.”
Camus killed me by this book.
Before reading this one, I read The Fall and The Plague. I loved both and enjoyed them. But The Stranger? It killed me and messed up with my life. The book is the epitome of existentialism bordering on nihilism. After this one, I never read anything else by Camus... it scares me to go back to that place again.
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
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