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The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
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May 08, 08

it was amazing
Read in October, 2007

I am sad to admit that I have not read The Stranger or any of Camus' other works. This one is my first and I am in love with it. The first essay, An Absurd Reasoning, discusses suicide, and poses it as "the one truly serious philosophical problem." This speaks to me on an existential level because I am one of those people who has to hold onto the railing in BART stations or in high places to prevent myself from jumping either in front of the train or off of the precipice. The urge to know is linked to the urge to die and this, as Camus rightly points out, is absurd. This review could turn into an essay length discussion on the nuances of absurd reasoning, but I will save you my opinions and just say that if you have ever been startled at the fact that you can sometimes think of absolutely nothing (stare into blank space) then you should read this book.

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