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El Extranjero

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  599,906 ratings  ·  19,319 reviews
Guía moral e intelectual de la generación llegada a la madurez entre las ruinas, la frustración y la desesperanza de la Europa de postguerra, Albert Camus (1913-1960) saltó a la fama con la publicación, en 1942, de El extranjero. La novela -lúcida descripción de la carencia de valores del mundo contemporáneo- tiene como referencia omnipresente a Meursault, su protagonista, ...more
Pasta blanda, 124 pages
Published 1999 by Alianza Editorial (first published June 1942)
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Mariam Mansuryan I think you are misinterpreting the book. Meursault is not a bad character at all, he is just honest. And how bad is the society that it thinks…moreI think you are misinterpreting the book. Meursault is not a bad character at all, he is just honest. And how bad is the society that it thinks everyone has to cry at their mothers' funerals just because that is the custom. Why do they think they know how you have to react?(less)
Salma Elsayed ليس شرطا أن من يؤمن بمبدأ العبثية ينكر وجود الإله .. هناك الكثير من المؤمنين بالله لا يجدون معنى للحياة

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Trevor
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I don’t know what to do with these stars anymore. I give stars to books and then I think, ‘god, you give five stars to everything, people will think you are terribly undiscriminating’ – so then I give four stars or even three stars to some books. Then I look back and it turns out that that I’ve given four stars to Of Human Bondage and honestly, how could I possibly have thought it was a good idea to give that book less than five stars? It is the absurdity of human conventions that has us doing s ...more
Glenn Russell
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Albert Camus’ 1942 classic. Here are the opening lines: “Mother died today Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY.” A telegram, not a personal phone call or someone on staff from the old people’s home actually making the hour trip in person to inform her only son, but a terse three line businesslike telegram – cold, insensitive, almost callous; a telling sign of the mechanized times.

Then first-person narrat
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Ryan R
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The book is simply written and a rather quick read, but the depth Camus manages to convey through this simplicity is astounding. I think a problem a lot of people have with this book is that they fail to look beyond the whole "what is the meaning of life" message. While an interesting question, the book raises so many other philosophical questions beyond this. What I found the most interesting of these is "what truly defines humanity or makes someone human?" During Meursault's trial, he is const ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, camus
If You Exist

"The Stranger" dramatises the issues at the heart of existentialism.

The same issues are probably at the heart of life, whether or not you believe in a god.

Being Judged

It's interesting that there has been a crime and now Meursault is being "judged".

The judgement is symbolic not only of the justice system, but of God's judgement of humanity.

Defending Yourself

You would normally expect the defendant to assert their innocence or plead not guilty in the criminal justice system (cue Law and
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Luca Ambrosino
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English (The Stranger) / Italiano

"The Stranger" was suggested to me by the protagonist of another book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Actually, many books are cited in "The Perks of being a Wallflower", but "The Stranger" is the book that intrigued more the protagonist and me.

Meursault is a modest employee of French extraction who lives in Algiers. He lives his daily routine with indifference, unable to openly manifest even the simplest emotions. And it is with apathy that

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Barry Pierce
y'know it's quite impressive that Camus managed to write a whole novel from the perspective of that guy who you always avoid at house parties.
Jim Fonseca
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-authors
A short review because there are so many other good reviews of this classic. When I first read this eons ago, I assumed “the stranger” was the Arab man that the main character kills on the beach. (It’s set in Algeria.) Not so.

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Meursault, the main character, is a man without feelings and one incapable of feeling remorse. Those deficiencies show at his mother’s death when he does not cry and does not even seem terribly upset. They show again when he agrees to write a letter for a friend so that th
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Chris
May 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If every few words of praise I’ve seen for “The Stranger” over my lifetime materialized into small chunks of rock in space, there’d be enough sh!t to conjure up the Oort Cloud. Much like this distant collection of debris bordering the outer solar system, I can’t really comprehend the acclaim heaped on this story, but luckily, like the Cloud, it’s usually out of sight, out of mind, and has absolutely no discernable current influence on my life. And just like the Oort can occasionally spit a chunk ...more
Elyse Walters
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this famous - classic story. All this time I had no idea what it was about.

What an interesting little book. I enjoyed reading in the same way that I have
"Siddartha", by Herman Hesse, or "The Alchemist", by Paulo Coelho.

It's a brilliant small book - especially knowing it was written so long ago: 1942..... but it's timeless.

Is everything the same as everything else? Does it matter who we marry or if we marry? Does it matter if we live or die? Must murder have a meaning?
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s.penkevich
It was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.

Even if we exist in a world devoid of meaning, why is it that our actions still bear so much weight? The crime and punishment of Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus’ academically canonized The Stranger depicts the ironies of enforcing meaning in a void and the absurdities that surround us as humans walking towards the same cold, lifeless fate. ‘Since we're all going to die,’ writes narrator Meursault, ‘it's obvious that when
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Lyn
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger was first published by Albert Camus in the original French in 1942.

I cannot help comparing the hollowness, the emptiness in Meursault’s soul to the soldier in Hemingway’s short story “Soldier's Home”. But in that story, Hemingway describes a change from the war and his reactions are connected with his recent martial experiences.

Camus makes no mention of Meursault’s past experience, his emptiness is fundamental to his soul, and his reaction is to the world in general. Camus introdu
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İntellecta
The novel begins with the words:
"Mother died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know."
The laconic style sets an invariable counterpoint to the poetic, occasionally ornamented artistic language.
Albert Camus gilded as one of the most important literary and philosophical thinkers of the post-war period. The Nobel Prize laureate of 1957, which also focused on political questions before. The novel is an absurd work, up to the last sentence. He is also in the position in which the death-journey of a
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Better Eggs
Mersault, a twenty-something clerk of great intelligence but no ambition, little expressed emotion and the attitude of why bother changing or making a choice, there's nothing wrong with the status quo. But if pushed, by his girlfriend into marriage he will go along with it. Or whe his violent pimp of a neighbour wants him to compose a letter to his mistress that is meant to result in extreme nastiness towards her (but backfires), he will act. It's as if inertia is his default. The only time he r ...more
Sanjay Gautam
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It came as something quite shocking which left me dazed for days. I don't consider myself worthy enough to review this book because I won't be doing justice to this book, at all. This book has left me in a certain distress with so many questions to ponder upon. And sometimes I think if this book can be reviewed at all.

The prose of Camus is very simple and eloquent, and is a pleasure to read, but he raises some philosophical questions a layer beneath his beautifully crafted novella which leaves
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Jr Bacdayan
Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger by Albert Camus, though quite regarded by many as a great philosophical/existentialist novel (I'm gonna be a non-conformist here.) is not quite right for me. I'm really quite at odds here. Before anything else, I would like to state that I was rather pleased with the first half of the novel, but sadly not by the second. Sure, this novella exposes certain absurdities in our society. I'd agree to that. But for me, the truths that this book expounds upon is not enough to make up for th ...more
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
“Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter.”

The protagonist, Meursault, just doesn’t give a fuck about anything. He just doesn’t care; he is totally indifferent about where he is and who he is with, and it’s terrifying. He has no emotional responses. He is, without a doubt, dead inside. He can’t feel and he cannot empathise. He lives in the now, utterly unable to comprehend tomorrow or the past: he simply exists in the moment, experiencing all that his sense
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Nishat
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
L'Étranger is an exemplary work of literary art presenting an amalgam of apathy and humanity, in such a manner that is paradoxical, yet profoundly fulfilling. This laudable writing explores the numerous possibilities of human life while acknowledging its absurdities.

Albert Camus brilliantly introduces the indifference of the world towards its inhabitants through the title character, Meursault's withdrawal from his surrounding society. Meursault, devoid of ordinary sentiments, is tried before tri
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Lisa
I wonder sometimes if it takes a man of extreme sensitivity to imagine a man with no conscience?

There is no room in my heart for indifference, and I struggle to see myself writing about Meursault without at some point bursting out in a stream of invectives. Albert Camus, most elegantly, describes the protagonist's carelessness in his caring prose - a prose of such stylistic perfection that it almost hurts to combine in your mind the beautiful words with their ugly meaning in his classic story. F
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Danny
Dec 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger is considered by many to be one of the most important philosophical novels of the 20th Century. In most college courses on Existentialism (a philosophy which holds that human beings create the meaning and essence of their own lives) The Stranger is usually the first thing you will read. If you're interested in philosophy, or Existentialism specifically, The Stranger is a great place to start.

Camus describes Meursault, the main character, only sparingly; and for the majority of the n
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Gaurav
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Outsider

Albert Camus


In spite of my willingness to accept this glaring certainty, I simply couldn't. Because, in reality, from the moment judgement was passed, the evidence my sentence was based on seemed ridiculously out of proportion to its inevitable conclusion.

What or perhaps who is an Outsider? One who doesn’t conform to the norms set out by society. Who makes his choices irrespective of contemplating their probables outcomes as per society or simply one who acts as life props up. Mo
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Fergus
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Camus, you have a Beautiful Soul!”

So conceded Albert Camus’ longtime friend, confidante, and fellow agent provocateur, Jean-Paul Sartre, at the time of the much-publicized rift that ended their felicitous comradeship.

Well, and you know what? Camus always had something Sartre didn’t - a warm, caring HUMANNESS.

THAT’s why everyone who reads this book admires it. Camus was for REAL.

Like Sartre and Beckett, though himself Algerian, he learned his lessons under the Vichy French. “Et les soldats faise
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Mutasim Billah
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
“Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure.”


The Stranger is a 1942 novel by Albert Camus, often cited as a prime example of Camus' philosophy of the absurd and existentialism. The story's protagonist Meursault is an indifferent French Algerian, who hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture. Meursault's initial musings at the very beginning of the story are the groundwork of the plot, as his indifference at his mother's funeral baffles everyone present there.

As a m
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Madeleine
I was so amped about this book when I tore through it a few weeks ago; alas, in that yawning chasm of time between then and when I first sat down to start this review (as opposed to this most recent effort -- I think at least my fourth?), I found that I’d forgotten a lot of the specific reasons why it had hit all the right spots for me.

Fortunately, since Goodreads has instilled in me the need to take notes on, emphatically underline passages from and analyze the pants off every book I read thes
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Jeremy
Writing about your favourite and the most influential single book of your life—not that that means anything—is a little like staring into the sun, the same sun here in an Australian suburb as that of an Algerian beach: so I shall squint, if you don’t mind.



Firstly, Sandra Smith’s work is excellent. I have read all four English translations of L’Étranger that I am aware of (Stuart Gilbert, Joseph Laredo, and Matthew Ward being the other three. If you know of another, please let me know…) at least
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Carmen
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Carmen by: Jess
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Fabian {Councillor}
It is almost impossible to describe Camus' The Stranger to people who haven't read this book yet. L'Étranger is so unlike many other novels with philosophical themes that you can easily see why it has received its position among books people say everyone should read once in their life.

If you get around to reading this surprisingly short novel, don't do so with the wrong expectations. In a more common book, the plot would leave much to be desired; and Camus doesn't invent characters you care suc
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Beverly
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Luís C.
The narrator, Meursault, who lives in Algiers in the first half of the 20th century is still the eponymous province of a French department. Insensitive to the world around this Blackfoot without an history has an atypical personality. The events of everyday things of life do not really reach and seem to drag on him like raindrops on the feathers of a bird. Stoic during the funeral of his mother which he refuses to see the body, reconciling with its two neighbors to overcome the primary behaviors ...more
Dolors
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nonconformist outsiders
Recommended to Dolors by: Ian "Marvin" Graye
Shelves: read-in-2014, dost
My first encounter with Camus and with the stranger that had been hiding inadvertently within me during all these years left me quite perplexed. Is the title of Camus’s novel that obvious? Who is truly “The Stranger” here? The disenchanted narrator of a story with no real plotline and no definite answers? The faceless mass of people who loathe and condemn him according to arbitrary morality? The alien countenance that stares back at me in the mirror on a muddled succession of monotonous Mondays? ...more
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Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy (only chance prevented him from pursuing a university care ...more
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