July 10, 2005

L’étranger

The Stranger

When I picked up Albert Camus’ The Stranger, I had no idea that it was a classic. It’s a really short novel, or a long short-story; depending on your POV. It was a fun read, and being short didn’t matter. Any book I like is by definition short.

The dude’s (Meursault) weird all right, but I liked him. I won’t write any of that ‘analysis’ shit — I googled the book and all I could find were study notes. To anyone who’s interested reading about what this book symbolizes or something, I say sod off.

There’s only one thing I want to say about this book — its not plausible. People like Meursault don’t end up as he did. When ‘faced with the absurd’, they learn to act along. I certainly did…

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