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L'Etranger (Profil D'Une Oeuvre)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 79 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Editions Hatier (first published July 2nd 1981)
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Mark Nenadov
The Outsider is an interesting introduction to Existential-type thought. But don't dismiss it for that reason if that bothers you!

This book, though short and digestible, really packs a strong punch. I found myself interested in the psyche of Mersault as he faced the three deaths which so defined his life; the death of his mother, the death of the person he murdered, and his own pending death. His cold, emotionless way of analyzing happens is really vivid and dramatic. Something about it reminds
I didn't feel anything for the main character, he lacks qualities that make us human. I understand that society may place social constructs upon us, and it is good to question these and not just blindly conform, but at the same time, I think most people (bar those who have a psychological disorder such as anti social personality disorder) have feelings (such as empathy), and a sense of what is right or wrong - something the protagonist had none of. Still, I don't think one has to necessarily lik ...more
being just under 120 pages i was able to knock this one over in an afternoon. i read it mainly because it is one of those classic books you always hear "you just have to read!"... the book was interesting, but also frustrating, especially towards the end when you could feel the trial slipping away from him because he was a man of few words and even fewer emotions, which turns out to apparently be a hanging offence! the book was surprisingly very easy to read, but its shortness can be both a posi ...more
Read this in French, probably missed out on a lot of subtle things for that reason.
Kristine Morris
Interesting. I think I may have read this book in high school in french class - I remember first learning about existentialism then. I was not so much impressed by the questioning of societal fundamental values overall as what was unquestionably allowed in the court - not sure if this is a true reflection of lawful argument in the 1940's when this book was written or if this was Camus way of making the protaganist suffer for the sins of society.
I read it because Albert Camus wrote it. Before I read his famous book Plague. I read this one as an intro. He wrote about a strange man in his book, I doubt Albert Camus himself has a character similar to the protagonist of the story. I hope not.
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Certes, le roman raconte l'histoire d'un étranger extraordinaire dépourvu de tout sentiment humain.
Mais j'arrive pas à concevoir comment il a reçu le prix Nobel de littérature en 1957!
Relatively short but brilliant book about not conforming to societies norms. I used a spanish copy to practice my spanish literacy while travelling.
Jul 31, 2011 Simar added it
So simple, yet leaves a deep impact. Things just are is what the book says, and the book just is. Can't really review it.
Jul 29, 2011 Jim added it
Quite interesting but very short. I guess it loses a lot in the translation, and seems very dry
Great book. Bad translation. I will read a publication not translated by Laredo.
Aug 06, 2011 Keryn added it
Just as engaging the second time. A great story of a non-conformist.
Joshua Yang
Mother died today.

It was because of the sun.
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