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The Stranger by Albert Camus
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Nov 14, 10

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As a diversion, I very much enjoyed this as inhabiting the mind of someone similar, but also very different from myself and my experiences. As a treatise on the ideas of morality and social control, I enjoyed it less.

I find Meursault to be, at best, a apathetic curmudgeon and, at worst, a sociopath without conscience. His ability to assist in the beating of a friend's female interest (I don't know how other readers have been able to determine with certainty that she's a prostitute) was the point at which I was certain of his lack of capacity to feel love, in any form besides physical gratification.

The book seemed more a curious trip through the mind of someone capable of murder without remorse than a contemplation, or condemnation even, of the ridiculousness of social norms and mores. I find the idea of sympathizing with Meursault on anything more than small observations about minor contrivances of modern society disgusting.

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David I'm naming my next born Meursault.

Erik Erickson what's that you say? somersault?

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