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Is it possible to die a happy death? This title tells the story of a young Algerian, Mersault, who defies society's rules by committing a murder and escaping punishment, then experimenting with different ways of life and finally dying a happy man.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 28th 2002 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1971)
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Parthiban Sekar

“You make the mistake of thinking you have to choose, that you have to do what you want, that there are conditions for happiness. What matters- all that matters, really- is the will to happiness, a kind of enormous, ever present consciousness. The rest- women, art, success- is nothing but excuses. A canvas waiting for our embroideries.”
Γκέλλυ
Dec 25, 2015 Γκέλλυ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, classics
Το μυθιστόρημα χωρίζεται σε δύο μέρη, τον «φυσικό θάνατο» και τον «συνειδητό θάνατο», με το πρώτο μέρος να καταλαμβάνει περιορισμένη έκταση σε σχέση με το δεύτερο. Κεντρικό θέμα, ο εξεγερμενος άνθρωπος, η αναζήτηση της ευτυχίας, πως να ζήσει κανείς ευτυχισμένος ώστε και ο θάνατος του να είναι ευτυχισμένος.

Ο «φυσικός θάνατος» υπερτερούσε κατά την προσωπική μου άποψη. Η αφήγηση ξεκίνησε μ’ ένα φόνο. Παρακολουθούμε τον Μερσό στην πληκτική εργασία του, στην ανιαρή καθημερινότητά του, στις αδιάφορες
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Chris_P
Jan 05, 2016 Chris_P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Όπως πρέπει να ξέρεις να σταματάς στην τέχνη, όπως έρχεται πάντα μια στιγμή που δεν πρέπει πλέον να αγγίξεις ένα γλυπτό, και όπως απ'αυτή την άποψη μια επιβολή έλλειψης νοημοσύνης βοηθάει πάντα τον καλλιτέχνη πολύ περισσότερο από τα πιο περίτεχνα αποθέματα οξυδέρκειας, έτσι χρειάζεται και μια μικρή έλλειψη νοημοσύνης για να δημιουργήσεις μια ευτυχισμένη ζωή. Όσοι δεν τη διαθέτουν, ας μεριμνήσουν να την αποκτήσουν."

Ευφυέστατα ενδοσκοπικός και απαραίτητα νωχελικός στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του, "Ο ευτ
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James
Aug 01, 2007 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is the Richard Howard translation, hardcover. I rescued it from a dumpster last summer.

There is a napkin inside between pages 114 & 115 with scribbling most likely intended for a journal. There is no name. It's dated 7/20/72. Here is what it says:

May not go to California afterall,
going due N.E. through New England
as planned and still on schedule.
Drifted through winchester to
see Emily, and did, from a
distance in a bar.
May be back in 2 wk. but
hard to say. like to get to Mexico in Dec.

Saw
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Florencia
Jan 17, 2016 Florencia marked it as to-read
Recommended to Florencia by: Parthiban's request
Yes. I've been warned.
Jan 04, 14
Tahani Mohamed
May 15, 2015 Tahani Mohamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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يُولد الإنسان مزوّدًا بالعتاد الذي يعينه على بلوغ ما يسميه "السعادة". ما هي السعادة؟ وما الذي يجعله سعيدًا؟ وكيف السبيل إليها؟، كل تلك التساؤلات تظل لصيقة به، يكررها مرارًا، ويُعيد صياغتها في كل مرة رغبة منه في أن تتفق مع ما قد يلمسه من سرورٍ وراحة يشعر بها ليطلق على ذلك كله "سعادة".

من ظنّ أن السعادة هي في امتلاك ثروة، نكص على عقبيه ما إن فقد الصحة والقوة. فقدان ذلك سيجعل حياته تمضي دون فائدة مرجوّة. ها هو الآن ينظر عبر النافذة إلى الحياة الراكضة بعيدًا، مخلّفة كتلة العجز المُقعدة وراءها تترقّ
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Jeremy
‘No, because I’m constantly in revolt. That’s what’s wrong.’

At either end of his writing life, we have two fractured novels. The First Man was a genuinely unfinished work-in-progress at his time of death, whereas this novel, his first novel-in-embryo, was reworked a number of times before Albert Camus abandoned it in favour of The Stranger. And there are certainly similarities. Roger Quilliot has suggested that ‘Meursault (protagonist of The Stranger) … is the younger brother of Mersault (protag
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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چیزهایی مثل رنج بزرگ،اندوه بزرگ،خاطره ی بزرگ معنا نداره...همه چیز فراموش میشه،حتا عشق بزرگ.اونچه درباره ی زندگی غم انگیز وحیرت آوره فقط همینه.فقط یه راه برای دیدن چیزها وجود داره،راهی که هر از گاهی به سراغت می آد.برای همین گذشته از هر چیز باید عشقی در دل و هوسی ناخوشایند داشته باشی. شاید این برای ناامیدی های مبهمی که از اون رنج می بریم دستاویزی باشه."


داستان مَردیست به نام «پاتریس مورسو» که در جستجوی خوشبختی ...ا
در این رمان آلبر کاموی جا افتاده با نگاه های خاص فلسفی اش را ندیدم اما توصیفاتش از
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umberto
Sep 02, 2014 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From his unique, powerful narration, I found reading Albert Camus’s “A Happy Death” fascinatingly pleasurable since he, as one of the great world-class authors, has famously written his fiction like the flowing tide as we can see that it in some pages rarely ends, for instance, in pages 4, 6, 9, etc. So some readers might find such pages boring for such seemingly never-ending prose. However, his uncommon writing style is like magic worth reading and studying because we can be literarily thrilled ...more
Yann
Feb 14, 2015 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La mort heureuse est le premier roman d'Albert Camus. Il n'est paru qu'après sa mort. Je ne vois pas l’intérêt de résumer l'histoire. Le sujet est atrocement sombre et déprimant, le héros est antipathique au possible, mais l'écriture est un véritable régal, et le roman m'a happé.
Henry Martin
Aug 15, 2015 Henry Martin rated it liked it
Camus' A Happy Death is presented as "May be read as a preamble to The Stranger" (The Stranger, being one of my favorite books).

So, where shall I begin?

There are, undoubtedly, very strong similarities between A Happy Death and The Stranger. As a reader, I could view A Happy Death as a hint of what The Stranger would be. After all, both books feature a protagonist named Mersault, both books deal with death, and both books deal with a character who is, in a way, unaffected by the world that surr
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Leila Hashemi
کتاب جمع و جور و خوبی بود و پر از جملات جالب،ولی کمی پراکندگی داشت که نمیشه گفت تقصیر ترجمه هست یا حذف بخشی از کتاب.
موضوع جالبی داشت و چالش خوبی رو ایجاد میکرد، تعریف اِلمان های خوشبختی تو دو انسان مختلف مورسو و زاگر،که مورسو شخصیت اصلی داستان اول درگیر این موضوع شده بود که خوشبختی با پول و ثروت یا تنی سالم و نیرومند؟
همین فکر که تو دوشخصیت کتاب بیان میشه میخواد در حقیقت ثابت کنه هیچکدوم از اینها دلیل خوشبختی نیست و مورسو به دنبال همین فکر دچار بحرانی تو زندگیش میشه که در آخر برخلاف بقیه کتاب های
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Darryl
Jan 30, 2013 Darryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Happy Death was Camus's first attempt at writing a novel, which he worked on from 1936-1938 when he was in his early to mid twenties. He (wisely) chose not to submit it for publication, but after his death in 1960, his widow (unwisely) decided to allow the unfinished manuscripts to be corrected and compiled into a book, which was published in 1971.

This book is based in part on Camus's early experiences, including his childhood in a blue collar neighborhood in Algiers, his early troubled marria
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Alan Chen
May 27, 2015 Alan Chen rated it liked it
I love Camus and it's been well over a decade since I've read anything by him. It's a treat to get to experience his first book. I recall what I admire about him: stylistically, he's such an elegant writer, his descriptions of nature/environment is so tactile I can almost smell the Algerian country or feel the juices of the ripe fruits he's eating. This is his first novel and, while there's so much to love, it's flawed. The story has a few disparate elements and it never completely coalesced. Fi ...more
Petroula
Aug 12, 2015 Petroula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
"Το παν είναι να ξέρουμε να γινόμαστε ταπεινοί, να συντονίζουμε την καρδιά μας μα το ρυθμό των ημερών αντί να προσαρμόζουμε το δικό τους ρυθμό στο διάγραμμα των ελπίδων μας"

Οι μεγαλοφυείς συγγραφείς μπορούν να μπουν στη θέση του προσώπου που δημιουργούν χωρίς να έχουν ζήσει απαραίτητα οι ίδιοι αυτά που περιγράφουν. Κι αυτό είναι ο Camus.
Το συγκεκριμένο μυθιστόρημα όπως διαβάζουμε στον πρόλογο εκδόθηκε μετά το θάνατό του γιατί ο ίδιος θεωρούσε οτι δεν είναι έτοιμο ή τέλειο ή το είχε ξεπεράσει. Π
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Mina kh
وقتی آدم شاهکار یه نویسنده ای رو اول از همه میخونه بقیه ی کتاباش هر چه قدرم که خوب باشن دیگه دربرابر اون قبلی هیچی واسه ارائه ندارن. همین اتفاق واسه م سر بیگانه و مرگ خوش افتاد. اگه مرگ خوش رو قبل از بیگانه میخوندم به احتمال زیاد خیلی بیشتر ازش خوشم می اومد چون توصیفی که از مرگ میکنه به خصوص اون آخر کتاب خیلی قویه اما به دل من ننشست.
یه جای کتاب میگه: "چیزهایی مثل رنج بزرگ، اندوه بزرگ، خاطره ی بزرگ، معنا نداره... همه چیز فراموش میشه، حتا عشق بزرگ. اونچه درباره زندگی، غم انگیز و حیرت آوره، همینه"
Aaron
Oct 07, 2009 Aaron rated it did not like it
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Salymar
Sep 02, 2012 Salymar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another philosophical book by Camus. They said it's the first draft for 'the stranger' but I appreciated 'The Stranger' more.

I feel like I want to re-read this before deciding exactly what I think of it because I kind of feel terrible for the way he describe women in this novel -_- but, despite that odd factor, I really enjoyed it.
This book is really a tough read since i felt like reading a very deep poetry (well, I should have prepared myself for that...it is Camus' novel) ;)


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Todd
May 24, 2015 Todd rated it really liked it
"he realized that he must come to terms with time, that to have time was at once the most magnificent and the most dangerous of experiments. Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre."

"it takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about."

"It takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience. And in almost every case, we use up our lives making money, when we should be using our money to gain time."
Travis Roberson
Dec 27, 2009 Travis Roberson rated it liked it
I read this one quite some time ago, but I just realized that I never rated it nor wrote a review. I don't really want to write a review for something that's not 100% fresh in my mind, so I'll keep this one short.

On the front cover, it tells you that this book should be read as a preamble to The Stranger. If you look at my review of that book you'll see that I absolutely loved it. But that was the first book Camus wrote. It holds a plot similar to that of The Stranger, a man detached from societ
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A. Carroll
"A Happy Death" is an important aid to cataloguing the mindset of Camus as a developing artist. The style is very good, particularly the imagery. That being said, there is probably a reason that Camus did not publish this book himself. The first division of the book--"Natural Death"--is fairly good, and has good plot direction. The second section, "Conscious Death," gets very annoying very fast. By the end of the first chapter in that section, I hated Patrice Mersault, the protagonist. By the en ...more
Starseeker
Oct 01, 2015 Starseeker rated it it was ok
Interesting read, however didn't keep me entertained like The Outsider did.
There were a few snippets here and there that I absolutely loved, but as a whole, a bit disappointed.
Nevertheless, Camus is still one of my favourite's.
Sarah
May 28, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Okay. Weird book. I should have expected something a bit on the existential side when I picked up a Camus work. And as usual, despite it’s odd factor, I really enjoyed it. It is a little bit of a tough read – so descriptive in nature that it’s kind of like reading very poetic poetry. (redundant, I know). And similar to other Camus books I’ve read, it took till the last third of the novel for me to grow to appreciate and love the main character. I’m not exactly sure why Camus didn’t care for this ...more
Giannis Karageorgos
Εξαιρετικές μεταφορές. Σημείωσα πάρα πολλές φράσεις. Ο φιλοσοφημένος άνθρωπος είναι εμφανής πίσω από το συγγραφέα Αλμπέρ Καμύ. Μου άρεσε. Παρατήρησα ωστόσο μια δυσαρμονία στα δυο μέρη στα οποία χωρίζεται το βιβλίο. Θεωρώ πως το πρώτο υπερτερεί αρκετά του δεύτερου. Αν η συνέχεια ήταν η ανάλογη, θα το έκρινα ως ένα αριστούργημα.
Samantha
Dec 14, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
What matters - all that matters, really - is the will to happiness, a kind of enormous, ever-present consciousness.

Between the desolate earth and the colorless sky appeared an Image of the ungrateful world in which, for the first time, he came to himself at last. On this earth, restored to the despair of innocence, a traveler lost in a primitive world, he regained contact, and with his list pressed to his chest, his face flattened against the glass, he calculated his hunger for himself and for
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Jonathan
Jul 07, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mohamad Yoosofi
شخصیتهای داستانهای کامو اغلب با گونهای بیعاطفگی شدید و باورنکردنی دستبهگریباناند. مورسو، شخصیت اصلی این داستان، مثل آبخوردن آدم میکشد و ابداً گزندی به زندگیاش وارد نمیشود. کسی را بهظاهر دوست دارد و حتی از ارتباطهای عاشقانهی قبلیاش دلآزرده میشود؛ اما بیدلیل، رهایش میکند و میخزد به دلِ سردرگمیهای غریبِ شخصیاش. بهنظر میرسد مرگ و مرگاندیشی دغدغهای است که دست ازسر این آدمها برنمیدارد و بر همهچیز زندگی سایه میاندازد. این اندیشهی آزارنده، نه میگذارد مورسو اندکی بیقیدانه به زندگیاش دل ببندد، نه رهایش می ...more
Vigdis
Det er så vanskelig å bedømme bøker som forfatteren selv ikke valgte å utgi. Jeg likte den første delen veldig, veldig godt, og hvordan kan jeg ikke like en bok som beskriver en togtur på følgende måte
He traveled for two days. But now it was not an instinct of escape which drove him on. The very monotony of the journey satisfied him. The train which was jolting him halfway across Europe suspended him between two worlds—it had taken him abroad, and would deposit him somewhere, draw him out of a l
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Farhan Khalid
اندر کمرے میں خاموشی اور آتش دان پر رکھے کلاک کی ٹک ٹک

اس کو لگ رہا تھا جیسے اس کمرے میں سب کچھ ہمیشہ سے ایسا ہی ہے

میں اپنی دھن میں کھویا رہتا تھا'

'اب بھی میں مختلف اوقات میں مختلف موڈ میں رہتا ہوں

'تو گویا تم ایک وقت میں کئی کھیل کھیل رہے ہوتے ہو'

'!ہاں، مگر محض شوقیہ نہیں'

میں زندگی کو خوشی اور جذبات کی ایک دھنک سمجھتا ہوں

تم ان لوگوں میں سے ہو جو اپنی زبان بند رکھتے ہیں

کہ دوسرے خود اندازہ لگائیں کہ وہ کیا سوچ رہا ہے

یقین کرو دنیا میں بڑے سے بڑا غم بھلایا جا سکتا ہے

حتی کہ عشق کی حد تک محبت کو بھ
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Blanca Hindle
Dec 28, 2012 Blanca Hindle rated it really liked it
I read "The Stranger", the work Camus is most well known for my senior year of high school. It was an assignment given to us by our English teacher who had the foresight to introduce her students to the Existentialist movement. From the first line, I was gripped by Camus prose and how incredibly descriptive it was without feeling flowery. I dove into Existentialist literature and philosophy with the zest that the young have for all things mysterious.

It will soon by 20 years that I read "The Stra
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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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