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The Stranger

Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Stranger
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A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. In the story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus was exploring what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd". Now in a new American translation, the classic has been given new life for generations to come.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1989
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 0679720200
9780679720201
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC C
Characteristics: vii, 123 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ward, Matthew

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List - Hotter than NYC in August by: NYPLRecommends Jul 30, 2014

An Algerian man attends his mother's funeral with disinterest. Afterward, he apathetically kills an Arab man. The story is divided into two parts: a first-person narrative before and after the murder.

Discussion date: June 14th, 2014


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Nov 12, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A brilliantly written milestone of world literature. Camus perfectly balances the structure of his novella with the creation of one of literature's most interesting characters, and in a perfect pitch of terse, yet strangely rambling prose. This is one of the great short novels of all time, not that it doesn't easily hold its own with longer novels. But read it in French if you can, it's not very difficult French.

May 02, 2012
  • Bluebird1298 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing in so many ways. Its takes to a different point of view of life. Not everyone has a religion or tries to go along with society. "The Stranger" has changed my beliefs on certain morals. Albert Camus is certainly the best there is.

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May 07, 2012
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