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Elegantly styled, Camus' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer's confessions is a searing study of modern amorality.
Paperback, 147 pages
Published May 7th 1991 by Vintage (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...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...more
Jake
Mar 14, 2008 Jake rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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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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...more
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
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 it's authority right from the start and stays there dictating, vandalizing your property. I cannot believe I am giving this a 5 star rating. I...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...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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...more
Abhilash
If you have never read Camus you are mostly surely missing something special. Absurdity explained with absolute clairvoyance.I must say this is a very special writer, the rare combination of great thinker who knew to write. The novel is a monologue by Jean Baptice Clemmmence, Jude -Penitent , the story of his fall form the high flying life in Paris though the concentric circles of hell in Amsterdam. The protagonist introspects his life with brutal simplicity , he finds himself to be absurd, his...more
Al Grey

اقتباسات من الكتاب تعبر عن أفكاره الرئيسية ، عذراً على عدم كتابة رأيي الشخصي بالكتاب ، النجوم كافية هذه المرة ^_^


" أتحدثني عن يوم الحساب الأخير ؟ اسمح لي بأن اضحك باحترام ، و سأنتظر ذلك اليوم بصبر ، لانني عرفت ماهو أسوأ منه .. حساب البشر ، سأخبرك بسر كبير يا صديقي العزيز .. لا تنتظر يوم الحساب الأخير ، إنه يحدث في كل يوم "

المرء يتخذ شكل الأماكن التي يعيش بها-

البشر يحتاجون إلى المأساة .. الا تعرف ؟ انها تمثل نزوعهم الذاتي الصغير .. و مشتهاهم-

الإنسان - ياصديقي العزيز - له وجهان ، فهو لا يستطيع أن...more
Katherine
Nov 01, 2007 Katherine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who always sit at the bar, lawyers
Eh. This book started off with potential, I thought, even making me laugh out loud, though I'm not sure it's supposed to be funny. But then again what's not funny about proclaiming that humans will be remembered only for reading the paper and fornicating?

It took me a while to get into the monologue form, and then I liked the casual banter for a bit. But then by page 40, and it's only 100-some pages, I found myself fast asleep face down in the book, literally. This book also fails the page-99 tes...more
Michael
Feb 19, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those looking for an example of The Absurd Man in action.
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Anish Dutta
This is one of those books which is not about the narrator, the protagonist. It's about you and me, through him. It's disturbing, because it's the truth about ourselves that we know deep down, but we refuse to acknowledge, refuse to think about. It's about our selflessness, which is not so selfless after all. It's for the gallery. It's to stroke our egos. Albert Camus tells us something we have known all along, in our subconscious. We are not the selfless good people, we pretend to be. We are im...more
Amir Mojiry
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...more
Victoria Mixon
I love Camus. He's generally lumped with the existentialists but was actually an absurdist. I mean, when your protagonist gets convicted of matricide because he doesn't cry hard enough at his mother's funeral (The Stranger)---THAT, folks, is black humor.

And The Fall doesn't disappoint. In this marvelous twist on first-person narrative, the protagonist speaks not to all readers in general but to you specifically, cast as you are in the role of an intelligent Parisian lawyer the mysterious Jean-Ba...more
Masoome Ya
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مهم این است که شخص بتواند همه چیز را برای خود مجاز بداند ، ولو اینکه مجبور شود که گاه به گاه بی لیاقتی خویش را به آوای بلند اعلام دارد. من از نو ، و این بار بدون خنده ، همه چیز را بر خود مجاز می دانم . من تغییر زندگی نداده ام:همچنان به خودم عشق می ورزم و از دیگران بهره می برم.منتها اعتراف به خطاهایم به من اجازه می دهد که با سبکباری بیشتری از نو آغاز کنم و دو برابر لذت ببرم.نخست از طبیعتم و بعد از احساس دلچسب پشیمانی.
از وقتی که این راه حل را یافته ام ، خود را به دست همه چیز رها می کنم:به زن ،
...more
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?
Edward
This late work by Camus (he died in l960) is short, and you’d think some brief comments would take care of a brief book. Not so. Even though it’s short, so many ideas tumble from it that you feel like saying, to do justice to them, read the book for yourself!

Part of the challenge of the book, and also one of its pleasures, is its style. Yes, Camus expresses the key concepts of his brand of existentialism, but the ideas emerge in a ongoing monologue with the reader as the listener. The voice of...more
Yashar Yashmi
ساعت ها در این شک به سر بردم که به یگانه ی کامو 4 ستاره بدهم و به سقوط سه ستاره یا به سقوط 3 ستاره و به بیگانه چهار ستاره. ‏

از طرفی سقوط بیشتر به دلم نشست، با آن احساس راحتی بیشتر کردم و بیشتر لذت بردم و از طرفی بیگانه آن قدر اثر عظیمی است که نمی توانم به آن نمره ای کمتر از چهار بدهم. با این حال بالاخره تصمیم گرفتم و به سقوط سه ستاره بیشتر ندادم. دلیل این کارم هم صرفاً به این خاطر بود که سقوط از جهت داستان پردازی ضعیف تر از بیگانه است و من هم روی فرم حساسم. فرم بیگانه خارق العاده است اما سقوط فر...more
Cecily
A self-titled “Judge Penitent” living in Amsterdam tells his life story, over several days, to a man he meets in a bar, bizarrely called Mexico City. It is written as a first person monologue, with occasional asides and replies to the other man, which gives the narrative a very distinctive voice.

Although a very short book, it is not one to rush as so much philosophy, law and theology is explored. (It is certainly much heavier than The Outsider or The Plague.)

You discover how an apparently altrui...more
Hoda
بسيار عالي. سه گانه كتاب هاي مورد علاقه م الان شامل بوف كور هدايت، سبكي تحمل ناپذير هستي كوندرا،‌سقوط البر كامو و به علاوه تهوع سارتر هست برترين كتابهايي كه خوندم.
حالت نوشتاري اين كتاب و صراحتش رو در بيان عقايدش بايد ستود. پرستيدنيه. به نوعي از لحاظ اعترافات صريح نويسنده مشابه سبكي تحمل ناپذير كوندرا ست.
البته هنوز نميدونم اين اعترافات صريح كامو از روي شجاعت هست يا از روي تحقير آدمهاي اطراف؟
اگر اين سقوط داستان مثل مني باشد (هرچند كه من هنوز در نيمه ي اين سقوطم اما تمام مراحل قبلش جز به جز طي شده...more
Fewlas
Non una recensione, bensì un avvertimento: leggendo questo libro vi capiterà di identificarvi col suo protagonista. Ma non rattristatevi e non sentitevi colpevoli, perché la colpa non è vostra. Il problema è a prescindere.
Szplug
I first stumbled upon The Fall in my mid-teens, where it was my introduction to the bitter world of nihilism and the Grand Hypocrisy; never before had I been forced to confront that prime moral pivot in so direct a manner: if a good deed is performed for bad reasons, does it remain good?

This slim volume still holds up, and remains my favorite amongst the body of fiction produced by the great mid-century French intellectual. The monologue delivered by the weary, wounded, and witty French expatria...more
Jeremy
European writers seem to have more or less cornered the market on weary men sitting in bars ruminating about the pitfalls of modern existence. But Camus' writing has this wonderful charisma about it and he can make this kind of thing sound as fresh as ever. This is the rare sort of underground man that you actually feel more drawn to the more he reveals about himself and his views. Jean-Baptiste is cool precisely because he is so self aware, so honest about his doubts and nascent sense of guilt,...more
Babak Habibi
این کتاب محشره. عقاید آلبرکامو رو شخصا قبول دارم. حرف‌هایی که بی تعارف میزنه و اکثرش حقیقته. اینجا از دید یه وکیل صحبت می‌کنه و بحث فلسفی هستش. خاطرات دوران وکالت تمام متهمین و قاضی‌ها و دیدگاه‌های مردم تو زندگیش رو به نقد میکشه و حتا خودشم به نقد میکشه. ارزش داره بیش از یه بار و چند باره بخونیش این کتاب رو. اول کتاب یکم مبهم بنظر میرسه و تا آخرش با شخص دوم صحبت می‌کنه و دائم در حال تعریف کردنه ، یه حالتی هست که اعلام می‌کنه اونی که شما فکر می‌کنید بهترین آدم روی زمین هست فقط جرات اعتراف کردن ند...more
Deepthi
Notes to self:
Never read Camus during exams. Period.
Xandra
If you're feeling too happy or too good about yourself, read this book and it will pass. The character in The Fall is the reflection of each of us. Whether we're the duplicitous buffoons before the fall or we've already fallen, we are all unmistakably Jean-Baptiste. I understand the turning point of JB's life (view spoiler) as a metaphorical loss of innocence and gullibility and the discovering of truth, a sort of illumination and deeper underst...more
Caroline
In this existential masterpiece, Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a French lawyer who had been first revered and then reviled, unburdens himself to a stranger in a bar in Amsterdam. Clamence was always considered the 'good guy', ready to help the blind cross the street, give up his seat to the elderly on the bus and defend victims of injustice.

However, as he gets into the details of his good deeds, the underlying hypocrisy of his motives are exposed. And through his confession lies the truth behind his...more
Nikolay Mollov
Свалям шапка на този шедьовър. Свалям шапка на прокараните велики идеи и едновременно с това им се изсмивам почтително.

Не знам откъде да започна!

Със същия чук, взет на заем, - с който Ницше удря като с камертон по главата на Бог, докато го разпардушини и оттук насетне всеки трябва сам да следва собствения си морален закон, - Албер Камю тръмбува безпогрешно в съзнанието на читателя идеите за отговорността на индивида и отхвърлянето на оправданията и извиненията. Всекиму се ще да бъде невминяем...more
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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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