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An Algerian schoolteacher develops a strange alliance with the Arab prisoner temporarily left in his charge, giving him the chance to select his own destiny.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Creative Education (first published January 1st 1997)
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Florencia
Nov 20, 2015 Florencia rated it it was amazing
Why? I have nothing to fear. (16)

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I talked to a local priest, once. Actually, many times, since I was a catechist at my church. In one of our many complicated theological debates, I asked him about fate; its possibilities and limitations. If there is such a thing, how it could complement the idea of man's freedom? To me, rationally, the concept of free will did not seem to match the notion of fate. If everything has been seen by this omniscient God, is there something left for me to choose? Am
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FeReSHte
Apr 05, 2016 FeReSHte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, france
مکان وقوع داستان الجزایر و زمان آغاز قیام الجزایره. برجسته ترین فضایی که کامو تصویر می کنه زندگی مردمی استعمار زده و رابطه شون با استعمارگرانه

درو مدیر فرانسوی- الجزایری مدرسه روستای دورافتاده ایه که روزی برخلاف میل خودش مسئول سپردن متهمی الجزایری به کلانتری میشه. اینجاست که شاید مهم ترین دغدغه های کامو مثل مسئولیت، آزادی، دشواری انتخاب اخلاقی و قضاوت عمل افراد به میدون میان و "درو" رو به چالش می کشند. البته به نظرم کامو با زرنگی ،خیلی دقیق پرده از اتهام متهم عرب برنمیداره تا این چالش برای درو و
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Glenn Russell
Jun 21, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing
Unlike his three well-known novels – ‘The Stranger’, ‘The Plague’ and ‘The Fall’, all written with a 1st person narrator, Albert Camus’s ‘The Guest’ has an objective 3rd person narrator telling the tale. Easily located as an on-line PDF, ‘The Guest’ can be read in less than an hour, a story written in 29 short paragraphs, each paragraph sectioned off with its own paragraph number, giving the impression Camus wanted to clearly delineate his existential musings at each point in the story.

The story
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستان در موردِ آموزگار مدرسه ای در الجزایر به نامِ < دارو> می باشد... < دارو> ناخواسته از سویِ ژاندارمِ پیری به نامِ < بالدوچی> مجبور می شود تا یک زندانیِ عرب را که پسرعمویش را کشته است را به شهری بیست کیلومتری محلِ مدرسه به نامِ <تاجید> انتقال دهد
این آموزگار، بین دوراهی تحویل دادنِ مردِ عرب به دادگاه و تحویل ندادن او، دچارِ تردید می شود... و لذا تصمیمی می گیرد که بهتر است این داستانِ کوتاه را خودتان بخوانید تا با تعریف نمودنِ سرانجامِ این داستان، جذابیت
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Shahla Pirasteh
Jul 29, 2009 Shahla Pirasteh rated it it was amazing
A close study of the way in which the story deals with the Arab's act of killing his cousin will throw a different light on his character. The question of his motives arises twice. First, in the course of the discussion between Daru and Balducci, the policeman offers this information: "A family squabble, I think. One owed grain to the other, it seems. It's not at all clear" (Camus 190). What is remarkable here is Balducci's great uncertainty, emphasized in each of the three short successive sent ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
I believe this echoes one longer work by Camus which I read when I was a teenager and of which only the barest of it plot I now vaguely remember: "The Stranger" (or "The Outsider).

Life is absurd. We live in a hostile, meaningless world governed by nothing but chance.

Here kindness, compassion and the love for peace are repaid--through a strange confluence of events--by danger, a real threat to violence and death. This is, of course, a work of fiction but we all know it to be true: one sometimes
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Ken Moten
"Daru looked at the sky, the plateau, and, beyond, the invisible lands stretching all the way to the sea. In this vast landscape he had loved so much, he was alone." And so goes my introduction to Albert Camus.

This story set in French-occupied Algeria is about the choice to make no choice as I see it. Daru, a schoolmaster is presented with a set of choices concerning an Algerian convicted of murder who he has to transport to a nearby police station. The conflict is that he doesn't want to take
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sany
Dec 19, 2013 sany rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
I don't know what I should take from the short story. Is it being compassionate toward another human being or that any human being can be trustworthy, given a chance?

The intent of the story is not very clear to me. Daru seemed repulsed by the arab's crime, and he could not gather all the facts to understand the intent behind the crime. And without understanding the clear reason for the crime or circumstances of the crime, no one can be reasonably compassionate toward the criminal.

Daru seemed mor
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Andrei Tamaş
Mar 14, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it really liked it
Specific existentialismului.
Caracter atemporal.
Mori N
Jun 09, 2015 Mori N rated it really liked it
To fully grasp Camus' thought behind this story, one has to think beyond the simple terms of “kindness”, “compassion”, or “good deeds”. Although no one can claim to know the mind of a writer, observing his other works can help us omit any shallow analysis.

Now for this story, it all comes down to this final sentence: “In this vast landscape he had loved so much, he was alone. “
But why is he alone? It appears to be more of a figurative term, that is related to Daru’s approach to the predicament
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Pablo
Feb 13, 2016 Pablo rated it really liked it
The story's main character is Daru, a French Algerian schoolmaster rendered as someone in a very isolated and poor environment, troubled with having to turn in a very out of place, due to his very different culture, Arab prisoner. This context of loneliness, is what makes the story so moving. Lonely people, in a predicament around kindness.

"For some time he lay on his couch watching the sky gradually close over to the silence. It was his silence that had seemed painful to him during the first da
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Ariya
Oct 15, 2015 Ariya rated it it was amazing
"The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world."

I simply love the story though I’d rather be skeptical at first to Camus’s writing. For me, he was well-known in the famous story telling that represents more symbolic meaning than realistic humane characters or setting and it was impossible to ask for while you had been taught for years to learn and analyse about the representations in text. Also, I hate to say I don’t like reading his ol
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Alexandra
Jun 13, 2013 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Fun fact: the title, in the original French, can be translated as "guest" or "host." I love the ambiguity in that.
Sidharth Vardhan
A sort of corrolary for The Stranger. It is about a guy who, to his own peril and at cost of losing friends, won't take sides for a coming war. He is deeply compassionate though. Loneliness seems to make a philosopher of everybody.

I think he was supposed to be liked but I didn't like him much.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Guest, Albert Camus
عنوان: میهمان؛ نوشته: آلبر کامو؛ مترجم: نرگس تنها؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کوله پشتی، 1388، در 63 ص، مجموعه داستان کوتاه، شابک: 9786005337099؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 20 م
Brenda Cregor
Sep 02, 2010 Brenda Cregor rated it really liked it
Ironic.
This story just goes to show, what we give to the world, is not always returned to us.
Neelakantan
Apr 14, 2016 Neelakantan rated it really liked it
A simple narrative with a riveting story-line which would elicit numerous questions in our mind to ponder over the quandaries of humanity. Daru, a school teacher, has been asked by a gendarme to hand over an 'offender' to the court. Having found himself in a moral, ethical dilemma he acted in a way most of us would think as a justifiable act. It is after this he finds himself amidst a bigger chaos that comes into play and the 'morally triumphant' act which he did, for his or the offender's sake, ...more
Kelli
Feb 05, 2008 Kelli rated it it was ok
I thought this short story really gave an interesting insight to compassion.
Maryam AL-Ghafri
another story read very quickly for my comparative literature course. there is only one question strikes me
is Camus trying to symbolize the attitude of Algerian colonisation by France by the Arab who has the chance to run but eventually he chooses the road to the French prisons?/
Mitra
Sep 01, 2008 Mitra rated it really liked it
For some time he lay on his couch watching the sky gradually close over to the silence.It was his silence that had seemed painful to him during the first days here,after the war.he had requested a post in the little town at the base of the foothills separating the upper plateaus from the desert.there rocky walls, green and black to the north,pink and lavender to the south,marked the frontier of eternal summer.he had been named to a post farther north,on the plateau itself.in the beginning,the so ...more
Cynthia
Jul 23, 2011 Cynthia rated it liked it
Well written, inspiring, deep characters, gently invokes deep thought on issues of freedom, poverty, kindness, etc... I enjoyed being brought into Camus' philosophy of absurdism and human behavior and led to a deeper connection with my own commitment to the compassion of Christ. I was left with my own belief in the example and teachings of Jesus, whether or not there is a God. The Guest really worked for me as a short story and I appreciated that it was more than just a shell for the delivery of ...more
Ali Dezhkameh
Mar 08, 2016 Ali Dezhkameh rated it really liked it
Who am I to say anything about Albert Camus?! :))
Aravind Ingalalli
Apr 11, 2016 Aravind Ingalalli rated it liked it
The choice we have is never a free choice; we are always bounded by the reasons and beliefs towards those choices. Though I am free to choose I'm the slave of my own thoughts - the reasonable thoughts. There is a sort of meaningfulness in what we choose. And, "The guest" doesn't talk about absurd-ism. When we are left with no choice, we then there sense the absurdity. Daru's decision of punishing himself (as per the story) isn't an absurd. Daru's decision of not punishing himself is also not an ...more
Alan E
Dec 10, 2014 Alan E rated it really liked it
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Kay Yes
Jun 22, 2015 Kay Yes rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is my very first experience with Albert Camus. In this story the writer narrates the story of a schoolteacher, 'Daru', with his encounter with an Arab prisoner.

Story begins as Daru watches two men approaching towards him. And the author describes the loneliness experienced by Daru in school premises, but he was very comfort in the scenario, and does not feel any insecurity even though he was alone there with some bags of wheat, waiting fot pupils who had suffering from drought.

One of the m
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Isabel Guerra
May 01, 2016 Isabel Guerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Los hombres que comparten los mismos dormitorios, ya sean soldados o prisioneros, contraen un lazo extraño como si al quitarse las armaduras con la ropa, se hermanaran cada noche, por encima de sus diferencias, en la vieja comunidad del sueño y del cansancio".

Tenía muchas ganas de leer a Camus y antes de leer una de sus novelas, quise empezar con algunos de sus relatos.
Este en particular me ha gustado mucho, tiene un final muy inesperado y en las pocas páginas plantea temas muy complejos e int
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Jaz
Dec 23, 2014 Jaz rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. Short but unusual, the story is interesting and meaty enough to make you want to read the 20 or so pages, but not too meaty that you'd like 50 more pages. Though I would read that.

It's about kindness and compassion set against an unforgiving and harsh area of the world, a bold juxtaposition which really heightens the actions of Daru because he seems so kind against the backdrop of snow and harsh coldness. The Arab's near muteness adds a sense of mystery to the whole thing
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Fiona
Jun 12, 2011 Fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-year
Daru, a French Algerian schoolmaster, is assigned deliver an Arab prisoner to the nearest city. He doesn't want to do it because he doesn't feel that it's right but he has no choice. Daru was born in the rural area where the schoolhouse and the attached room in which he lives are located. His students come from poor villages nearby and have been suffering from a severe drought. To aid them, Daru has been distributing government-provided food rations. Daru first notices two men in the distance, ...more
Cristina Petrisor
Aug 15, 2015 Cristina Petrisor rated it liked it
The burden of choice is carefully presented at each level of the story: the plot, the language, the phrasing. I feel like the whole story goes beyond moral concepts. Even Daru's tormented night is a symbol of the general struggle of man with and within his choices.
Camus has a delightful way of egoistically depicting characters in a manner doesn't imply the exclusion of others. The the whole point is that any character has its own place in a very individualized manner.
And that is great.
Annette
Muchas veces las cosas no son como parecen y aunque no hagamos algo, parece que lo hacemos y hay quienes se ofenden y quienes se benefician y quienes no saben tomar la oportunidad que se le presenta por nuestros actos.

Este árabe muy honrado mete en problemas a Darú con su decisión. Cuántas veces hemos sido como ese árabe, que queriendo hacer lo correcto provocamos problemas a otras personas, de verdad que el aleteo de una mariposa puede ser catastrófico
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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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“No one in this desert, neither he nor his guest, mattered. And yet, outside this desert neither of them, Daru knew, could have really lived.” 7 likes
“Men who share the same rooms, soldiers or prisoners, develop a strange alliance as if, having cast off their armor with their clothing, they fraternized every evening, over and above their differences, in the ancient community of dream and fatigue.” 4 likes
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