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The Stranger by Albert Camus
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May 04, 12

bookshelves: crime, suspense, psychological, fiction
Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** A great novel revolving around the murder of a man due to self-defense and the subsequent trial of the perpetrator.

It is all taken from the perpetrator's point of view which, to me, is the most interesting aspect of the book. The perpetrator and main character, Monsieur Meursault, is a starkly apathetic character who seems to have little clue as to the acceptable social norms of society. He says little, feels little and his bluntness in expressing his indifference often leave those around him feeling uncomfortable. His emotions over his mother's death [especially compared to her elderly friend who struggled earnestly in scorching heat to keep up with the hearse on during her funeral] are almost non-existant. In fact, the day afterwards he spends his day swimming in a pool and going to the movies to see a comedy with his girlfriend [when the said girl asked him to marry her, he nonchalantly agrees because he couldn't see any reason why not].

After accidently killing an Arab in self-defense, his indifferent personality is the determining factor in convincing the jury they're dealing with a cold-blooded monster who premeditated the attack. It's ironic that only after the trial is over that has starts feeling any emotion. Yet by this time, the final nail is already in the coffin.

It's a great novel if you like seeing a different protrayal of events through the eyes of a man who feels little of anything and how other members of society take to his lack of emotions.
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