Thursday, January 27, 2011

Classic Thursday: The Stranger

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The Stranger by Albert Camus



Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.


Albert Camus is so lyrically brilliant. This book was hectic, loud, and moving. Despite the fact that I read this book impeccably fast, it made a really big impact in my mind. The main message in the book deals with the meaning of life. Though hidden behind that, Albert Camus has written a story that questions humanity and human emotions. He makes readers think about the line between being human and inhuman. The main character in The Stranger, Meursault is told that his lack of emotion makes him inhuman.
I felt a lot of sympathy towards Meursault because of how detached he is from the world. How he can do something as troubling as killing someone, yet not be torn up about it. The amusing thing about this novel is that Meusault is portrayed as such a weird non-relatable character. When the truth is, everybody can relate to him. We all feel awkward and different and annoyed with other people, like he does.
I love the writing of Albert Camus because he plays with existentialism*. He is extremely quotable, and I would put a few quotes into this review, but I checked this book out from the library which means I no longer have a copy. But if you enjoy writers who talk about existentialism and have yet to read The Stranger, you must read it. If you have the funds, I also recommend buying a copy because it is one of those books that you can highlight (if you are the highlighting type).

*Existentialism is the “focus on the conditions of existence of the individual person and his or her emotions, actions, responsibilities, and thoughts” (Taken from Wikipedia.)

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