The Stranger by Albert Camus

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At the age of 14, I stumbled across The Stranger, Albert Camus' famous novel of absurdity and detachment. It was hard not to relate...It was the voice I connected with first, antihero Meursault's poker-faced assessment of a world that makes as little sense to him as mine did to me.
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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." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.
 

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Albert Camus (1913-1960), Algerian-French novelist, essayist, and playwright, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
 
Published August 8, 2012 by Vintage. 146 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Florisv on Mar 31 2005

It is by far one of the best and most unsettling books I have read so far. The plague is absurd and all too realistic. But is also a book in which I recognize myself partly in the outsider, as I do not always follow the norms either. Why should I they, aren’t norms and rules, there just there to controls us.

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Reviewed by Aaron Gwyn on Aug 10 2014

At the age of 14, I stumbled across The Stranger, Albert Camus' famous novel of absurdity and detachment. It was hard not to relate...It was the voice I connected with first, antihero Meursault's poker-faced assessment of a world that makes as little sense to him as mine did to me.

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Reviewed by Steve King on May 19 2011

The novel has become one of the 20th century’s most famous arguments, if not anthems, against the compulsions of state and society.

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Reviewed by Yelizaveta on Apr 29 2010

Camus’ novel is truly fantastic. The moral at the last few paragraphs of the book really make a reader think of his actions and our own perspective on life.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Ryan C., Phoenix on Mar 28 2015

The best books are the ones that make readers envision the story. The Stranger does that exceptionally well...Another reason The Stranger is so amazing is the characters themselves. They’re attractive and fun to read about, especially the main character...Make this book next on your list.

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Brothers Judd

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Reviewed by brothersjudd on Aug 03 2000

Ultimately, this novel, and the philosophy of Existentialism itself, must be considered a noble failure. The novel succeeds only as a thought experiment, envisioning how a man might act if he carried these beliefs to their logical extremes. But as we look upon the results, we can only feel revulsion.

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Rebecca Reads

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Mar 04 2009

Reading The Stranger after my brief introduction to philosophy last month was interesting because it brought the philosophy of ethics to light...Albert Camus’ writing was amazing, and while the book was odd and somewhat uncomfortable in its themes, it certainly stayed with me, despite its brevity.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

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Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 09 2012

This short novel is not merely an interesting story, but one filled with deceivingly complex characters and is told in a remarkable way...By the end of the book we see clearly the point the Camus is trying to make: everyone dies and the world will keep on turning.

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Vulpus Libris

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Reviewed by Mary on Jul 20 2008

Although the plot is well known and secondary to the reading of this novel...Despite its short length, the book is dense with meaning and every sentence counts. The novel is divided into two parts, the first documents Meursault’s life and relationships, the second deals with his trial and meditations on death.

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Sarah Says Read

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Reviewed by Sarah on Oct 14 2013

I really liked The Stranger. It was different than what I thought it was going to be...I guess that Camus was writing about “absurdism”, and society’s attempt to impose rationality and reason in an irrational world.

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The Mookse and the Gripes

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Reviewed by Trevor Berrett on Oct 30 2008

It’s a fascinating book. But that didn’t make it a great book for me, I’m afraid. I think some of it comes from the tendency of absurdists (and existentialist) books to begin to sound like one another...So the pleasures of this book were the poetry, the atmosphere, and the structure of the novel.

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Speculiction

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Reviewed by Jesse on Jun 19 2012

In the end, The Stranger is one of the great books of the 20th century. Though Meursault and his dispassionate mode of living may be confusing to the average reader, it is rightfully so. Camus’ commentary on post-modern life strikes at the heart of a number of issues.

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RatRaceRefuge

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Reviewed by Stephen Roof on Jan 28 2014

The Stranger by Albert Camus is a very short novel that can easily be read in an afternoon...Everyone should read The Stranger from older teens on up. The time investment required to read it is minimal and it’s guaranteed to stimulate lots of thoughts and conversations.

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Reviewed by Ad Blankestijn on Jul 23 2014

...my greatest objection against the book is the character of Meursault...Camus wanted to depict an individual free from the bonds of religion and social custom, and brutally honest, but what he has given us is a man who has no inner life and who lives only by his instincts.

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Reviewed by Zoe on Jan 27 2011

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...if you enjoy writers who talk about existentialism and have yet to read The Stranger, you must read it.

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Musings from Brian J. Noggle

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Reviewed by Brian J. Noggle on Mar 30 2012

Well, it’s a bleak little piece, and I don’t find Meursault a particularly unsympathetic character...as I age, it’s becoming clear to me that French Existentialism is a philosophy for college students and Frenchmen. It relies too much on subjective interpretation of reality to speak to someone older than 24. Or at least me.

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