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The Outsider by Colin Wilson
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Sep 25, 2010

really liked it
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This book is for anyone with a slightly maladjusted, anti-establishment personality, who has dug into literature in search of meaningful answers. Wilson, who wrote this book at an astonishingly young age, is a tremendously insightful reader of many of the canonical writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, and gives a compelling interpretation of the problem of the 'outsider.'

His discussion of the unreality of life, of not fitting in, are worth ruminating over, especially in light of modern day society. The mystical stuff at the end of the book kind of threw me for a loop, but everything up to that point, in particular his section on Dostoevsky, were top notch and very interesting. Full thumbs up!
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