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The Fall

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  43,294 Ratings  ·  1,468 Reviews
Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoil. Over several drunken nights he regales a chance acquaintance with his story. From this successful former lawyer and seemingly model citizen a compelling, self-loathing catalogue of guilt, hypocrisy and alienation pours forth. "The Fall" (1956) is a brilliant portrayal of a man who has glimpsed the hollowness of his existence. Bu ...more
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Published May 14th 1990 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1956)
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Lauren Van Buskirk
I ran into my friend Dan at the club last week, and he was drunk. So we talked Camus. We didn’t discuss Camus’s theories, or the fact that he avoided riding in cars and then DIED IN A CAR CRASH. We just talked about Camus in relation to Dan’s life and in relation to mine. The only really interesting thing about anything to me is how it affects me. That’s the honest truth.

Dan and I agreed that an interest in Existentialism is kind of a stage in your life – like when you liked Pearl Jam or lived
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Riku Sayuj

The Anti-Christ

Why does the Judge-penitent address you directly, as if he has found a kindred soul in you?

In this world responsibility is infinite and that is why The Fall is inevitable - even for a Christ. But back then Christ made a mistake — he saw (was) the nausea of the world, he saw (was) the complete guilt of each man (and his own) and he decided to redeem man (himself) by setting a supreme example. He sacrificed himself because he found himself guilty. It was only an example, a call to a
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Glenn Russell
Dec 11, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the newspapers.” So pronounces Jean-Baptiste Clamence, narrator of Albert Camus’s short novel during the first evening of a monologue he delivers to a stranger over drinks at a shabby Amsterdam watering hole. Then, during the course of several evenings, the narrator continues his musings uninterrupted; yes, that’s right, completely uninterrupted, since his interlocutor says not a word. At one point Clamence states, “Alcohol a
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mark monday
Jan 14, 2016 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you know this person, we all know this person, this particular kind of person. a real do-gooder, a person of the people, doling out the goodwill and the spare change and the spare arm to help that blind person across the street. you know the satisfaction they get from looking humble, acting humble, being anything but humble at the heart of them. reveling in their goodness; reveling in their superiority. selflessness disguising selfishness. this person loves 'em and leaves 'em too, except "love" ...more
Samadrita
Do you want to have the very foundations on the basis of which your whole outlook towards life has been shaped, questioned?
Do you want to see the lines between so-called good and evil, right and wrong, the moral and immoral blurred to the extent you could not distinguish one from the other?
Do you want to erase that cherished and precious point of reference, against which you have compared, weighed all your actions, thoughts and feelings so far?

If the answer to the above 3 questions is yes, then
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Jake
Mar 14, 2008 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's confused as to what this life is all about.
As with most Camus, this book is, in the course of a hundred or so pages, an entire decade of therapy. If you don't feel worse—yet oddly optimistic—about yourself and people in general after this book, you're either inhuman, or you're the exact person this book was meant for.

Someone once extolled this book as "an examination of modern conscience," and it was through this lens that I first began this work. That's accurate, I suppose, to a point, but to leave interpretation at that would be to ro
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Mahdi
تابلوی نقاشی "قضات پاکدامن"، نام یکی از تابلوهای مجموعه نقاشی مذهبی است که در محراب کلیسای گنت در بلژیک قرار داشت.
این اثر هنری به همراه بخش های دیگر این مجموعه، در سال 1934، به سرقت رفت.
سارق طی چند نامه، درخواست مبلغ کلانی برای بازگرداندن تابلو کرد، ولی درخواست توسط اسقف اعظم کلیسای گنت رد شد. پلیس هیچ وقت نتوانست سارق را بیابد.



مدت ها بعد، شخصی به نام "آرسِن گودرتیر"، در بستر مرگ به وکیل خود گفت: او تنها کسی است که می داند "قضات پاکدامن" کجاست، و این راز را با خود به گور خواهد برد.
در یکی از کشو
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Muhammad Arqum
How foolish I was to assume this would be a quick little read. I could not have been more wrong. I physically feel exhausted. How did Camus write this? The fall is as dense as they come, bitter, excruciating. Forces you to cogitate. The ideas are so repugnant and yet they keep gnawing inside your head. The words are like evil dark matter that establishes its authority right from the start and stays there dictating, vandalizing your property. I cannot believe I am giving this a 5 star rating. I d ...more
Nickolas the Kid
Τι να πρωτοπώ για αυτό το βιβλίο... Είναι απλά ένα ΑΡΙΣΤΟΥΡΓΗΜΑ που εγώ προσωπικά θεωρώ πως αξίζει όλοι οι άνθρωποι να το διαβάσουν μια φορά στην ζωή τους!

Ο Κλαμάνς είναι ο ήρωας που κατέχει την αλήθεια, την αλήθεια που κανένας δεν είναι έτοιμος να δεχτεί ούτε να αντέξει...

Ο μονόλογος του είναι ο μονόλογος ενός μέσου αστού, ενός καθημερινού ανθρώπου. Ίσως μια εξομολόγηση...
Όμως είναι γεμάτος κοφτερά "ξυράφια" που κόβουν πάνω σε θέματα όπως η εξουσία, η θρησκεία, η μισαλλοδοξία, ο έρωτας κλπ κλπ.
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Carmo Santos
Dec 14, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argélia, nobel
Para Jean-Paul Sartre, A Queda é de todos os livros de Camus o mais belo e incompreendido.
A parte do incompreendido eu percebo.
Não é um livro com um andamento clássico, não tem um enredo explicado com principio meio e fim, que é aquilo a que nos habituamos na literatura convencional.
Os livros de Camus são tudo menos óbvios, primam pelo absurdo e por conduzirem à reflexão e busca de um propósito que justifique os atos e opções das suas personagens e da humanidade em geral.
O loooongo monólogo (c
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Jeremy
In any case, I only like confessions nowadays, and the authors of confessions write chiefly in order not to confess, saying nothing of what they know. When they pretend to be owning up, that’s the moment to beware: they’re putting make-up on the corpse.

As far as his prose-fiction output goes, Camus is most well-known for three works: The Stranger The Plague and this one, The Fall. The first two have definitive places amongst cycles of his work within his oeuvre and the development of his ideas:

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Γκέλλυ
Feb 02, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2016
Το βιβλιο αυτό το βρήκα Ενοχλητικό. Δεν ήταν ο λατρεμένος μου Ξένος, ούτε ο Ευτυχισμένος θάνατος που μπορεί να μην με ευχαρίστησε αλλά τουλάχιστον με προβλημάτισε.

Η Πτώση ήταν ένας ατελείωτος μονόλογος ενός ανθρώπου που το μόνο που κάνει είναι να ξεστομίζει αλήθειες για την ανθρώπινη φύση, αλήθειες τόσο ενοχλητικές που δεν βρίσκουμε το θάρρος να τις παραδεχτούμε ούτε στον ίδιο μας τον εαυτό.

Με ταλαιπώρησε πάρα πολύ αυτό το βιβλιο, το διαβάζω αρκετές μέρες και δεν έχω καταλήξει στο αν το αγάπησ
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Eleni Ouzouni
Jun 23, 2015 Eleni Ouzouni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
To The Fall δεν είναι ένα απλό μυθιστόρημα. Αλλά είναι μια φιλοσοφική εξερεύνησε προς τον δρόμο για την αλήθεια. Γραμμένο σε δεύτερο πρόσωπο, το μυθιστόρημα είναι μια σειρά από χωρισμένους μονολόγους που αφηγήται ο Jean-Baptiste Clamence σε έναν ξένο - δηλαδή εμάς. Εδώ μας διηγείται την ιστορία της πτώσης του από το «Eden» αλλιώς Παρίσι και την εξορία του στην «αστική κόλαση» του Άμστερνταμ. Ο Clamence είναι ένας πρώην δικαστής που δεν παύει να μας υπενθυμίζει πόσο αγαπάει τον εαυτό του ενώ ταυτ ...more
Araz Goran
قصة وإعترافات القاضي التائب كما يرويها كامو .. لا أنصح بقراءة هذه الإقتباسات والإعترافات قراءة سطحية وبهدف الحصول شئ مثير وعبارة جذابة فهي ليست كذلك ،إذا كنت ستفعل ذلك فمن الأفضل لك ألا تضيع وقتك ياصديقي..




" إنني أدرك أن المرء لا يستطيع الإستمرار في العيش مع الآخرين بدون أن يتحكم فيهم أو بدون أن يخدموه !! فكل إنسان يحتاج إلى عبيد كما يحتاج إلى الهواء النقي ،، وحتى أشد الناس بؤساً يستطيعون أن يتنفسوا، وأوطأ رجل في السلم الإجتماعي يملك زوجة أو ولداً،، والأمر المهم بعد كل ذلك هو أن يكون المرء قادراً
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Teresa
Feb 24, 2016 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-argelia
"Mal de vós quando todos vos elogiarem!"
Mal de si, Senhor Camus, quando deixou de me elogiar. Enquanto me identifiquei com o seu Clamence, homem generoso, sincero e admirado por todos (se eu não me tiver em boa conta, quem terá?), os meus olhos iluminavam-se com tantas estrelas que tinha para lhe oferecer.
Depois, fez-me cair no rio...como já sou velha, tenho pouco fôlego para nadar em seco. O ser humano é cobarde, egoísta, perverso,...? Mas que grande novidade!

Há muitos anos, em Veneza, vi um h
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شهرزاد
Dec 22, 2015 شهرزاد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فوق العاده و بی نظیر
خواستم یک یا نهایت دو جمله از متن کتاب رو انتخاب کنم که توی ریویو بنویسم ولی نتونستم! همه ش خوب بود
بیست صفحه ی آخر...سقوطی که در اوج شکل میگیره...سقوطی که به وجد میاره
بهترین اثری که از کامو خوندم قطعا همینه
اگر فرصتی باشه و عمر کفاف بده حتما بازم دوباره و چندباره میخونمش
Jonathan

“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”

The Fall is one of those books which is less of a novel than an exploration of some kind of spiritual or philosophical narrative or truth. The narrator is a self appointed judge who spares no details about the fact that he does in fact love himself in a highly narcissistic manner. It is this manner which lends him to feeling free as to judge humanity, while ironically also judging himself and yet seemingly feeling free fro
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MJ Nicholls
The follow-up to Christos Tsiolkas’s bestseller The Slap, where a boozy Australian lunatic whomps a friend’s child at a party and creates a hotbed of interpersonal tension over 400 outstandingly boring pages. In The Fall, a different boozy Australian accidentally (or was it intentional?) elbows a child onto the grass, causing him to fall and hurt his pelvis, causing outrage on the streets of Canberra! Are our children ever safe from inebriated philanderers with pointy elbows? Why can’t drunks we ...more
Evan
"Mon chéri, it seems Amsterdam has disagreed with you. You're so pale."

"Ah, mon amour, oui, I never want to leave the Paris sun again. I want to hold you naked and hang my fog-drenched clothes over the terrace to dry and never look at another dismal canal or smoky bar."

"But I thought my man liked those things about Amsterdam."

"I did, sweet, until I had the misfortune of running into this rather shabby, verbose character...French expat, Jean-Baptiste...well, at least that's what he called himself
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Dhanaraj Rajan
The Opening Line:

Camus in an interview given in 1945: "No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked..."

My Reactions after/while reading the novel:

1. Camus must be an existentialist and that too an advocate of negative existentialism, that which holds there is no meaning for human existence. In the search for meaning, man is distressed and he dies without any comfort of having received a proper answer. In fact, death liberates him from his struggles. D
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Richard Derus
Dec 21, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Book Report: Told as a long monologue stretched over several days, Jean-Baptiste Clamence reviews the very great highs of his life as a respected criminal attorney, and the very great lows of his life as a libertine without a discernible conscience or moral compass. He narrates his life to an unseen and unheard Other, a tourist from France in Clamence's adopted home of Amsterdam who runs into Clamence at a seedy bar. At each major turning point in Clamence's life, the narra
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Rakhi Dalal
Left me thinking more than ever.Still there is so much that is left unanswered.The book leaves you uneasy, contemplating and struggling to find the logic underneath the issues raised/addressed by the author.But can there be any sense to the working of human minds?
Leila Hashemi
Dec 29, 2014 Leila Hashemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اول از همه منظور کلی این کتاب اینه که یسری از اصول اخلاقی خوب آدم ها هامثل مهربونی و محبت دوستی و... زیر سوال میبره .دروئی که انسان حتی با خودش داره .خودخواهی واحساس رضایت از خود میشه دلیل فروتنی ومهربونی با بقیه .کلمانس نماد آدم مهربون راستگو سخاوتمند در نظر خودش و دیگران ، چیزهایی رو تو خودش کشف میکنه که همه اینهارو جز دروغ چیز دیگه ای نمیدونه .آدم های مجرم میشن روراست و ساده لوح و انسان های خوب دورو و خودخواه .وارد عمیق ترین روحیات یک نفر میشه و درمودش قضاوت میکنه .میگه انسان ممکنه در بالاتری ...more
Leo Robertson
Apr 28, 2015 Leo Robertson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Awesome, powerful, almost scarily compressed, seductive, peppered with ironic humour, unreadable then readable then re-readable. Camus’ Jean-Baptiste strips away the artifice and illusions of civilization having undeniably fallen out of it and hence witnessed the pointlessness of it, striving with the rest of his time to wrench others out too. An easy task, as once the reader is made aware of the absurd, it becomes an obsession, and he or she too would do anything in their power not to return to ...more
رؤیا (Roya)
در یکی از میکده های آمستردام, مردی از خود و زندگی خود سخن می گوید و سقوط تدریجی خود را, مرحله به مرحله, شرح می دهد. ژان باتیست کلمانس, که روزگاری در پاریس وکیلی مبرز و موفق, و نمونه انسانی درستکار و گشاده دست و پاکباز بوده است, اینک بر این گذشته نگاهی هولناک می افکند و در پرتو ذهنی هشیار, دروغ و درورویی خود و دیگران را فاش می سازد: در این جهان و در این زمان هیچ کس نمی تواند خود را بیگناه بداند. تصویری که کلمانس از خود عرضه می کند ناگهان تصویر خود ما می شود.
این کتاب کوچک آینه تمام نمای روزگار ما
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زهراء الموسوي
عندما يسألني أحدهم ماهي روايتك المفضلة أو كاتبك المفضل.
رغم أنني أجيب أن هذا السؤال لا يصح لأنه لا يوجد كاتب ورواية واحدة فقط، ولكن رغما عني تترائى لي هذه الرواية بأحداثها وعمقها وفلسفتها.
ألبير كامو، لا أكتفي منه أبدا، عندما أقرأ له لا أعود كما كنت أبدا.
حتما سأقرأها مرارا ومرارا.
João Fernandes
Feb 12, 2016 João Fernandes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel, français
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(Amsterdam)

[Read in the original French]

"Sometimes we see clearer into those who lie than into those who tell the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. The lie, conversely, is a beautiful dusk, that highlights each object."

("On voit parfois plus clair dans celui qui ment que dans le celui que dit vrai. La vérité, comme la lumière, aveugle. Le mensonge, au contraire, est un beau crépuscule, qui met chaque objet en valeur.")

Once again, Camus devotes a book to the subjectivity of justice
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Joseph
Jan 01, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Oh, just to have that second chance...
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This is the first book I read every year. I read it in memory of a friend I lost going on seven years ago. January 1, 2015 I have read it again

"O young girl, throw yourself again into the water so that I might have a second time the chance to save the two of us!" A second time, eh, what imprudence! Suppose, dear sir, someone actually took our word for it? It would have to be fulfill
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Alice Poon

This is a short book (only 147 pages) but one that’s hard to read because of its gloomy tone, but thought-provoking nonetheless – 3 stars.

In The Stranger, Camus tells us that life only has meaning if one takes responsibility for one’s actions and confers a meaning on it. By not taking the positive step to plead defense to the murder charge, the protagonist chooses to face up to the consequence of his action and thereby confers a meaning, though not a positive one. The focus of the novel is on t
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Amir Mojiry
Aug 18, 2013 Amir Mojiry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amir by: Milad Gudarzi
Shelves: story, philosophy-100
اگر بگویم یکی از بهترین کتاب هایی است که خوانده ام پر بیراه نگفته ام. مطمئنن این کتاب را بیش از «بیگانه» ی کامو می پسندم. گرچه «سقوط» بیش تر فلسفه پردازی دارد و کم تر داستان. با این حال خیلی از فکرهایی که نامنظم و پراکنده توی ذهنم وول می خورد، این جا مرتب شده و مرتبط شده و طبقه بندی شده وجود داشتند. از این که کسی این چنین بتواند فلسفه پردازی کند، تعجب کردم.
باید یادم باشد به همه ی کسانی که جز نالیدن از زندگی کار دیگری ندارند، توصیه کنم حتمن حتمن این کتاب را بخوانند. حداقلش این است که از این به بع
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Albert Camus was an Algerian-born French author, philosopher, and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He is often cited as a proponent of existentialism (the philosophy that he was associated with during his own lifetime), but Camus himself rejected this particular label. Specifically, his views contributed to the rise of the more current philosophy known as absurdis ...more
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