«Sur le pont, je passai derrière une forme penchée sur le parapet, et qui semblait regarder le fleuve. De plus près, je distinguai une mince jeune femme, habillée de noir. Entre les cheveux sombres et le col du manteau, on voyait seulement une nuque, fraîche et mouillée, à laquelle je fus sensible. Mais je poursuivis ma route, après une hésitation. [...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
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
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
از طرفی سقوط بیشتر به دلم نشست، با آن احساس راحتی بیشتر کردم و بیشتر لذت بردم و از طرفی بیگانه آن قدر اثر عظیمی است که نمی توانم به آن نمره ای کمتر از چهار بدهم. با این حال بالاخره تصمیم گرفتم و به سقوط سه ستاره بیشتر ندادم. دلیل این کارم هم صرفاً به این خاطر بود که سقوط از جهت داستان پردازی ضعیف تر از بیگانه است و من هم روی فرم حساسم. فرم بیگانه خارق العاده است اما سقوط فر...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
L'homme est ainsi, cher monsieur, il a deux faces: il ne peut pas aimer sans s'aimer.
I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us:
He fornicated and read the papers
I am living on the site of one of the greatest crimes in history
Crimes constantly monopolizes the headlines
I was at ease in everything, to be sure, but...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
Не знам откъде да започна!
Със същия чук, взет на заем, - с който Ницше удря като с камертон по главата на Бог, докато го разпардушини и оттук насетне всеки трябва сам да следва собствения си морален закон, - Албер Камю тръмбува безпогрешно в съзнанието на читателя идеите за отговорността на индивида и отхвърлянето на оправданията и извиненията. Всекиму се ще да бъде невминяем...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
That said, this book just wasn't for me. It is essentially a long speech by one character, once a lawyer in Paris, on his fall from grace, and, in essence, from humani...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
Poche, densissime pagine rivelatrici.
"A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers" [6:]
"May heaven protect us from being set on a pedestal by our friends!" [31:]...more
I have to say flat out that I don't buy into his philosophy, as I find it inherently flawed. He creates quite a compelling world view of humanity and modern life..from religion to se...more
Nun also habe ich auf NDR3 in der Reihe "Am Morgen vorgelesen" "Der Fall" gehört, zumindst drei Teile davon. Was hat mich daran vor fast...more
The Fall does exactly that; Camus accuses us all of being guilty.
Jean's character could very well be described as immoral, but the thing is, Jean represents all of us. His thoughts and acts are what every human being is guilty of; but he's embraced his short-comings and accepts them, and he says that this is how everyone else thinks and ac...more
The blurb at the back suggests, "Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoil. Over several drunken nights he regales a chance acquaintance with his story. From this successful former lawyer and seemingly mod...more
Amsterdam is below sea level, thus giving a sense of the underworld. Also as Clamence asks, "Have you noticed that Amsterdam's concentric canals resemble the circles of hell?" They are situated in the last circle, a red-light...more