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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death ...more
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Published August 8th 2012 by Vintage (first published 1971)
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James
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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Masoome Ya
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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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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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Yann
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.
umberto
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
Darryl
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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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
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Salymar
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) ;)


September 01 ,2012
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Travis Roberson
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
Sarah
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
Jonathan
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Agostinho
I'm not sure I should have not read The Outsider/Stranger before I set out to read this one. This is clearly his early attempt in writing fiction.
The sequence of the narrative feels rushed with clear undertones of inattention to the subtlety of how one event precedes the other as I've come to be accustomed with Camus. He is very lyrical and poetical, and only this kept me from not finishing the book, I'd disregarded the narrative almost completely. My mind would drift away every 5 minutes. I wa
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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 Rodriguez
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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girl
Mar 02, 2013 girl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, yet.
“'In a minute, in a second,' he thought. The ascent stopped. And stone among the stones, he returned in the joy of his heart to the truth of the motionless worlds.”
*shudders*

I don't know that I enjoyed reading this. It made me angry, it irritated me, and I couldn't wait to finish it. Sometimes, though, it made me smile. It also made me pause and think.

What does it mean to die a happy death? In fact, what is called happiness? This, I think, is what Mersault struggles with right after he kills Zag
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مما  قرأت
يعيش الإنسان كل حياته باحثا عن السعادة فنجد في رواية الموت السعيد للكاتب البير كامو البطل يمر بكل ظروف الحياة من الفقر والمرض والسفر والحب بحثا عن السعادة حتى ولو الثمن ارتكاب جريمة فقد برع البير كامو في تجسيد حياة الشاب وهو يتصارع مع الحياة و مع نفسه احيانا للوصول للسعادة ومن منا لم يمر بنفس ظروف لا تفوتوا الفرصه للقراءة فقد تجد بطل رواية الموت السعيد مشابه لك في كثير من الاحداث


لتحميل رواية الموت السعيد لالبير كامو من هنا:
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Ioleander
ليست بمستوى رواية الغريب ، وقد يكون السبب في ذلك كونها عمل لم يضع عليه ألبير رتوشه النهائية .. فقد نُشرت بعد وفاته وبإلحاح من طلبة العلم والمتابعين له وقامت زوجته بنشرها بمساعدة بعض المهتمين بأعماله .. مايميّزها تشابهها بعمله الغريب ولكن بشكل يختلف عنها كذلك ! هي تضم أحداث وقعت في حياة آلبير ، وكأنها كُتبت لكيّ تكون سيرة ذاتية بشكل أو بآخر ، لكن أيضاً تم إضافة بعض الأحداث فيها وقد تكون البداية الصاعقة بقتل زغرو و الحمى التي أصابت البطل شبيهه جداً بعمل دوستوفيسكي الجريمة و العقاب ....

الموت السعيد
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Anna
This novel is important to read if you want to understand anything of Camus’ mindset. “A Happy Death” was his first novel, but it got published after his death. Camus' philosophy is complex and I don’t agree with everything, but in this novel Camus managed to let me reflect upon my own pursuit of happiness.
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.
Hamdican Yıldırım
Albert Camus, Dostoyevski'nin Suç ve Ceza'sına nazire yapmıştır. Meursault'un sıkıcı yaşamından bir kaçış yolu araması ve Zagreus'u öldürmesi, Raskolnikov'u hatırlatır. Meursault'un, Zagreus'la konuşmalarından anlaşılacağı gibi Meursault'un kafasında mutlu bir yaşam var. Bunu uygulamak için Prag'a gitse de değişen bir şey olmuyor ve geri dönüyor. Meursault, Cezayir'deki "Dünyanın Karşısındaki Ev"inde tabiatın uyumunu keşfetse de, tekdüzeliğinden kurtulamıyor. Meursault hastalığı esnasında nasıl ...more
Pueblo
Ok, perhaps it's simply because I just read The Stranger yesterday, but this book seems to be a lesser version of that book, albeit with a more descriptive prose, and that's one of the best things about The Stranger, the non-descriptive, detached prose which forces us to see the world through the eyes of the main character.

Character names are recycled, events and a lot of descriptions are recycled. As I read, I keep double checking if I didn't accidentally pick up the wrong book. Sadly, I didn't
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Onyango Makagutu
money is important for happiness. with money you can buy time
Felix Purat
This little book is very early Camus, one he would eventually shelve in favour of l'Etranger, which is much more succinct to be sure. A Happy Death was later published posthumously, to much acclaim.

For an unfinished work, it is a very good read! It seems to move from one section at a time, but the feeling of incompleteness was not unlike the feeling one gets reading Kafka's The Trial, which was also incomplete but 100% good. The difference between this book and l'Etranger is that both ask quest
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Sadie Schultz
Sadie Schultz
Miss Gardner
English 12
21 October 2014

Introduction
Title- A Happy Death. The title of this book is significant because the people who died in the book were not happy in the life they were living and were happy to die.
Author- Albert Camus. His history is shown in the novel through his treatment of women. He loves them. Yet, at the very same time he hates the thought of love and doesn’t like women at all. This is how is Camus’ life actually was. He was married and divorced twice. In b
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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 ...more
Pete daPixie
The first novel of Albert Camus to be published posthumously, 1971, he was killed in a car crash in 1960. 'A Happy Death' is something of a stitched together series of short, almost autobiographical, stories. Part One-Natural Death has five short chapters. Part Two-Conscious Death holds two thirds of the book.
Camus' composition style engaged my attention through the meandering plot and interflow of the philosophical themes and with just over a hundred pages, a quick read.
Arminion
Happy Death is divided in two parts. The first part is interesting, although it's a little similar to Albert Camus most famous work „Stranger“. Actually, it's a little TOO similar, there is even an entire paragraph copy pasted from the Stranger (where the main character sits on the balcony, smokes cigars and watches the passerby-s). This isn't really surprising as Happy Death was written before Stranger.
The things starts to go downhill by the end of the first part, where Camus enters in this lon
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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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