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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
“A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the newspapers.” So pronounces Jean-Baptiste Clamence, narrator of Albert Camus’s short novel during the first evening of a monologue he delivers to a stranger over drinks at a shabby Amsterdam watering hole. Then, during the course of several evenings, the narrator continues his musings uninterrupted; yes, that’s right, completely uninterrupted, since his interlocutor says not a word. At one point Clamence states, “Alcohol a ...more
Why does the Judge-penitent address you directly, as if he has found a kindred soul in you?
In this world responsibility is infinite and that is why The Fall is inevitable - even for a Christ. But back then Christ made a mistake — he saw (was) the nausea of the world, he saw (was) the complete guilt of each man (and his own) and he decided to redeem man (himself) by setting a supreme example. He sacrificed himself because he found himself guilty. It was only an example, a call to a ...more
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
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
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:...more
“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
"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
This is the first book I read every year. I read it in memory of a friend I lost going on seven years ago. January 1, 2015 I have read it again
"O young girl, throw yourself again into the water so that I might have a second time the chance to save the two of us!" A second time, eh, what imprudence! Suppose, dear sir, someone actually took our word for it? It would have to be fulfill ...more
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
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
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
Com Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a personagem do livro ( muito diferente da do “O Estrangeiro”) , Camus retoma a temática da liberdade individual, mas fá-lo de uma forma diferente daquela que conhecemos com Meursault.
Do que trata afinal a "A Queda"?
Em poucas palavras é a confissão de um afamado advogado parisiense, Jean-Baptis ...more
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
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
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
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
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
"أما الصداقة فهي أقل بساطة، والحصول عليها يتطلب وقتاً، وهو صعب. أما حين يحصل عليها المرء فيجب أن يسير معها. ولا تظن لحظة واحدةأن أصدقاءك سيتصلون بك تلفونياً كل مساء، كما يجب عليهم أن يفعلوا، لكي يعرفوا هل أن هذا المساء هو المساء الذي تقرر فيه أن تنتحر، أو هل أنت في حاجة إلى الرفقة، أو أنك لست في مزاج يتيح لك الخروج.
كلا، لا تقلق، فإنهم سيتصلون بك في المساء الذي لا تكون فيه وحدك، حين تكون الحياة جميلة. أما بالنسبة للإنتحار، فإنهم س ...more
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
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