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Quand la sonnerie a encore retenti, que la porte du box s'est ouverte, c'est le silence de la salle qui est monté vers moi, le silence, et cette singulière sensation que j'ai eue lorsque j'ai constaté que le jeune journaliste avait détourné les eux. Je n'ai pas regardé du côté du Marie. Je n'en ai pas eu le temps parce que...more
Paperback, Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, 119 pages
Published 1983 by Penguin Books (first published 1942)
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I don’t know what to do with these stars anymore. I give stars to books and then I think, ‘god, you give five stars to everything, people will think you are terribly undiscriminating’ – so then I give four stars or even three stars to some books. Then I look back and it turns out that that I’ve given four stars to Of Human Bondage and honestly, how could I possibly have thought it was a good idea to give that book less than five stars? It is the absurdity of human conventions that has us doing s...more
Ryan R
The book is simply written and a rather quick read, but the depth Camus manages to convey through this simplicity is astounding. I think a problem a lot of people have with this book is that they fail to look beyond the whole "what is the meaning of life" message. While an interesting question, the book raises so many other philosophical questions beyond this. What I found the most interesting of these is "what truly defines humanity or makes someone human?" During Meursault's trial, he is const...more
Ian [Paganus de] Graye
If You Exist

"The Stranger" dramatises the issues at the heart of existentialism.

The same issues are probably at the heart of life, whether or not you believe in a god.

Being Judged

It's interesting that there has been a crime and now Meursault is being "judged".

The judgement is symbolic not only of the justice system, but of God's judgement of humanity.

Defending Yourself

You would normally expect the defendant to assert their innocence or plead not guilty in the criminal justice system (cue Law and...more
If every few words of praise I’ve seen for “The Stranger” over my lifetime materialized into small chunks of rock in space, there’d be enough sh!t to conjure up the Oort Cloud. Much like this distant collection of debris bordering the outer solar system, I can’t really comprehend the acclaim heaped on this story, but luckily, like the Cloud, it’s usually out of sight, out of mind, and has absolutely no discernable current influence on my life. And just like the Oort can occasionally spit a chunk...more
I was so amped about this book when I tore through it a few weeks ago; alas, in that yawning chasm of time between then and when I first sat down to start this review (as opposed to this most recent effort -- I think at least my fourth?), I found that I’d forgotten a lot of the specific reasons why it had hit all the right spots for me.

Fortunately, since Goodreads has instilled in me the need to take notes on, emphatically underline passages from and analyze the pants off every book I read thes...more

بدأ لدي خلال السنوات الأخيرة هاجس قرائي مقلق، نوع من الشعور بالنقص كلما مر أمامي عنوان مشهور لم اقرأه بعد، فمن روايات دستويفسكي التي جمعتها ولكني لم اقرأ منها إلا كتاباً واحداً، إلى كافكا وشتاينبك وتشيخوف وغيرهم ممن لم اقرأ لهم شيئاً أو قرأت عملاً وحيداً، وهذا بسبب أن مرحلة القراءة الجوهرية لدي – الثانوية والجامعة – كانت فقيرة، فالمكتبات لدينا في الرياض كانت لا تعرض إلا النادر من الكتب في التسعينات وبدايات الألفية، كما أنني كنت حينها بلا خارطة قرائية، فلا مكتبة في المنزل، ولا قارئ مهتم في...more
The Stranger is considered by many to be one of the most important philosophical novels of the 20th Century. In most college courses on Existentialism (a philosophy which holds that human beings create the meaning and essence of their own lives) The Stranger is usually the first thing you will read. If you're interested in philosophy, or Existentialism specifically, The Stranger is a great place to start.

Camus describes Meursault, the main character, only sparingly; and for the majority of the n...more
Writing about your favourite and the most influential single book of your life—not that that means anything—is a little like staring into the sun, the same sun here in an Australian suburb as that of an Algerian beach: so I shall squint, if you don’t mind.

Firstly, Sandra Smith’s work is excellent. I have read all four English translations of L’Étranger that I am aware of (Stuart Gilbert, Joseph Laredo, and Matthew Ward being the other three. If you know of another, please let me know…) at least...more
Stephen M
Laife iz absurd..... lolz jk!!!!


How cool is existentialism?



This is no coincidence!
Lit Bug
I don't know if I've got this right, but here's my take anyway.

I have no idea how to review this. I know a little bit about existentialism, and mostly disagreed with it, or at least, viewed it skeptically. It seemed weird, abnormal. Who ever behaved like that? It looked like a deeply ingrained depression that became naturalized through self-inflicted repression. Naturally, my first encounter with this book in my early twenties didn’t go beyond being an acquaintance.

Even today, I cannot spell out...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Until about a week ago, I was quite certain I had read this novel before. I had not. I realized this puzzling truth after Janice, my goodreads companion and personal attorney, sent me a copy along with some other goodies. I started reading it "again," and it only took a few pages to pick up on the fact that what I thought had been my memory of reading this book was actually just a conglomeration of knowing the story in a fair amount of detail, seeing the novel quoted over and over again, overhea...more
Lynne King

Albert Camus rightly deserves his place in history as a Nobel Laureate and the following statement made in 1957 when he was awarded this prize in Literature says it all:

“For his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times".

The tragedy of it all is that three years later he will be killed in a car accident in France and “In his briefcase was the incomplete first draft of a new book, Le Premier Homme (The First M...more
Jr Bacdayan
The Stranger by Albert Camus, though quite regarded by many as a great philosophical/existentialist novel (I'm gonna be a non-conformist here.) is not quite right for me. I'm really quite at odds here. Before anything else, I would like to state that I was rather pleased with the first half of the novel, but sadly not by the second. Sure, this novella exposes certain absurdities in our society. I'd agree to that. But for me, the truths that this book expounds upon is not enough to make up for th...more
I remember loving this book as a teenager, and re-reading it this week, I have felt the same. Meursault is one of the most fascinating characters I've ever read, and at the same time I've always felt a certain kinship to him. Why isn't it okay to not care as deeply, or in the same way, as others, especially on the subjects of love and death? Is there any possible connection we can have with the feelings of another? How would we ever know if we were talking about the same thing? His reactions to...more
4.0 to 4.5 stars. In my opinion, the last five pages or so of this book are among the most powerful that I have ever read. The rest of this very short novel, while very good, seem to me to be a really big set up to the explosive confrontation between Meursault and the priest and the final realization of Meursault regarding the cold indifference of the world as it relates to the individual. Powerful and briliant. Recommended!!
Jeanette (Most of My Favorite Authors Are Dead)
I think the "meat" of this book, and what made it a classic, is mostly contained in the final chapter. That's where Camus showed himself for the philosopher that he was. I wasn't wowed by this book, but it was interesting to read. The main character is likable enough to the people around him, but he drove me nuts because he is so passive! He just says, "Yeah, okay" to whatever anyone proposes. He has also never learned the art of dissembling, so he causes trouble for himself by always saying the...more
AJ Griffin
Jul 03, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who wants to feel deep and troubled and needs a vehicle to express it
Yeah yeah, I liked this book just like everyone else.

Unfortunately, this was one of three assigned to our AP class for summer reading one year, and the inspiration for everydimwitteddogooder"ihaveasensitiveside" asshole in my grade to suddenly "discover" the concept of existentialism.

Suddenly, having nothing better to worry about besides the utter pointlessness and/or meaning of life was the hippest thing since Capri Sun. The phrase "I'm a big fan of existentialism" was being tossed around with...more

Strange, emotionally damaged man, lacking in affect and with an ambiguous attitude to religion, falls into bad company and ends up shooting an Arab for reasons that aren't clear even to himself. It was hot, and he wasn't thinking straight.

Now why would George W Bush not merely read this shortly after the Iraq War, but go to some lengths to let the world know he had done so? A minor literary mystery that will perhaps never be fully resolved. Personally, I think Laura had something to do with it.
The narrator, Meursault, is a fascinating character in that he has an incredible sense of material resignation about him. He absolutely rejects all concepts of importance to the absurd trivialities of life while at the same time living with such simple pleasure that one can't help but smirk reading the descriptions in the first half of the book.

His indifference to the way he is perceived leads him to a very level-headed but unsympathetic countenance regarding his friends and acquaintances. The...more
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
If I am to believe Urban Dictionary (and why wouldn't I?) the book is summarized rather well by its definition:

1. To lay on one's arm so as to deny the passage of blood and ultimately loose feeling in the limb, followed by the act of masturbation with said limb.

2. Sitting on your hand until it falls asleep and then jerking off, eliciting the feeling of a hand job from someone else.

3. A masturbation technique which the user commences by sitting on their hands until they go numb and as a result ca...more
إسراء مقيدم
انها اللامبالاة فى اقسى صورها

اكثر ما لفت نظرى فى تلك الرواية "العنوان" والذى لم افهمه الى ان وصلت للنهاية
من هو الغريب؟
ومادوره فى الرواية؟
حسنا...للاجابة على تساؤلاتى كان لابد من الانخراط فى الاحداث حتى الصفحة الاخيرة
مشكلة سيرمو تكمن فى عدم اخذه الحياة على محمل الجد,,,لا يبالى بشىء على الاطلاق
لا يبالى بوفاة امه
لا يبالى بحبيبته,
حتى انه سيتزوجها لجرد انها طلبت ذلك
,لا يبالى ان كانت هى ام غيرها
لا يبالى بقرار خاطىء اتخذه ...
قرار كان من شأنه ان يدينه فى المحكمة وان يتسبب فى حكم الاعدام
حتى انه بعد صدور...more
افشین افشار
این کتاب داستان یک مرد درونگرا به نام مرسو را تعریف می‌کند که مرتکب قتلی می‌شود و در سلول زندان در انتظار اعدام خویش است. داستان در دههٔ ۳۰ در الجزایر رخ می‌دهد.

داستان به دو قسمت تقسیم می‌شود. در قسمت اول مرسو در مراسم تدفین مادرش شرکت می‌کند و در عین حال هیچ تاثر و احساس خاصی از خود نشان نمی‌دهد. داستان با ترسیم روزهای بعد از دید شخصیت اصلی داستان ادامه می‌یابد. مرسو به عنوان انسانی بدون هیچ اراده به پیشرفت در زندگی ترسیم می‌شود. او هیچ رابطهٔ احساسی بین خود و افراد دیگر برقرار نمی‌کند و در بی...more
Rakhi Dalal
What do I think about this book? The book which is adequate to make you sit riveted, casting off the presence of any other issue or entity, to a side! Is there anything more astonishing than to see a written word, written by someone at a different place and time, reflecting your own thoughts!

Starting with the book, I had an anticipation of the way it would turn out, considering that it is the third book by Camus that I had taken up. And I must add that I wasn’t disappointed. “The Stranger”, as...more
The Stranger by Albert Camus was a difficult read for me. Not so much that the language was difficult, but I struggled in comprehending its true meaning. Camus's intent in relaying this story seems ambiguous to me, and I'm confirmed in my suspicions by the wide variety of reviews on this book. It seems many people have many different opinions as to what this book is really about. For me, it was the ending that gave me something of a hint.

The basic story line of this novel is of a man involved i...more
I started this book, finally, understanding that it was an example of existentialist philosophy but knowing little else. I began reading and immediately felt lost in the randomness of it all, in the detailed descriptions of settings and the truncated passages dealing with human exchanges. It was like I was a pinball, being randomly thrown about, much like the protaganist (though he had more input than he would likely admit). I finally had my lightbulb moment, realized that this was the point, an...more
The first edition I ever owned of this book was one that I stole from my teacher my sophmore year of high school. This was somehow not very frowned upon at my school, because I could come up with at least 15 books that I kept after reading for class. Somewhere along the line that edition took a dive, I don't know what happened to it, but I know it no longer exists and for the first time I insisted on getting a hardcover of a book so it would last. I love this book. even after all these years I s...more
جرعة مزاج وحشيش!! لا أدري ما هو تصنيف هذا النوع من الروايات?? هي وشبيهاتها "هكذا كانت الوحدة" & "الانمساخ".. نفس شعور الاكتئاب والجنون..
يقول صديقنا: وأدركت حينئذ أنه إذا عاش رجل يوماً واحداً في العالم الطليق، فإنه بعد ذلك يستطيع أن يعيش في السجن، من غير صعوبة، مئة عام، وأن يستعيد فيه من الذكريات ما يتيح له التغلب على مشاعر الضيق والتبرم.... وهذا يعتبر ميزة إلى حد ما!!
لم أر تصويراً أبلغ لـ اللامبالاة من هذه الشخصية التي تقلب كل الموازين لـ "المهم" و"الغير مهم".. حيث السجن والوفاة والمعتقد وال...more
Jun 22, 2007 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: those interested in philosophy
I read this because I felt like it was just One of Those Books You Had To Get To. It was worth it, though! It is fascinating, and I had no problem finishing it. It wasn't so much engaging as it was intellectually stimulating. I had no problem putting it down and forgetting about it, but I eventually came back to it. I did prefer the Fall to this one, which I'm sure many people would disagree with. But after awhile the sheer distance and isolation started to wear on me.
Erez Davidi
Quite often people do not understand what "the Stranger" is about. In my opinion, Camus has summarized it best by saying: "In our society any man who does not weep at his mother's funeral runs the risk of being sentenced to death. I only meant that the hero of my book is condemned because he does not play the game. In this respect, he is foreign to the society in which he lives; he wanders, on the fringe, in the suburbs of private, solitary, sensual life. And this is why some readers have been t...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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