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The Strangest

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Michael Seidlinger has dared tackle one of the literary classics of the 20th century literature and reimagined it for the 21st: and in Albert Camus’ anti-hero Meursault, at once apathetic and violent, unable to connect with his fellow humans, Seidlinger exhumes a perfect metaphor for the Internet Generation. Zachary Weinham, anchorless in terms of morals and committed to n ...more
Paperback, First, 200 pages
Published October 15th 2015 by OR Books
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Leo Robertson
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh deaaaaarrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

I've been generous because I see teenagers-its target audience surely- wanting to read The Stranger- the only purpose of this book. only incidentally interesting on some of the occasions that it's stealing from the source material.

I bet this is like Tao Lin- at least the complaints I read.

Amber Sparks
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I see a book or movie that's a take on a classic, I cringe a little. But I was eager to see what Seidlinger did with Camus' book, because he's such a playful, irreverent, and yet very skilled writer. And I wasn't disappointed. I don't want to give too much away, nor do I want to reduce the book by saying its a Stranger for the Internet age. I had a lot of fun reading it and thought it also the best thing Seidlinger's written, and I'd urge folks to pick up a copy.
Michael Seidlinger
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"We wait for our turn. We wait for the same end that everyone must face. Him, the stranger. And I, the strangest."
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've dug everything of Seidlinger's I've read so far, but I admit to some trepidation when picking up this one. I'm big on "The Stranger" and I wasn't sure what this was going to be. I was thrilled to see that it wasn't just homage or parody. It isn't just a shift of the story into a more up to date time. It's much more of a dialogue with the classic work, sometimes further exploring, sometimes analyzing, sometimes supporting, and sometimes refuting. It strikes an amazingly perfect balance betwe ...more
Bud Hawthorne
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I do not take existential classics lightly, and this was my first read by Seidlinger. It is clear from the voice of The Strangest that the author submerged himself in the skin of Camus' character, Meursault. Whatever else happened in the time Mr. Seidlinger went missing, we know that he has since pulled out a painfully true, modern reincarnation--which shines.
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The reference in the title, like the ghost inhabiting the plot, is of course Camus’ The Stranger — and it takes a fearless, freethinking author to work up his own take on an existential classic. Seidlinger however risks still more, by taking Camus’ Meursault down a peg, reducing him to one of those figures that haunt Twitter and Facebook and Instagram. This novel’s Meurks proves murky indeed, well more detached than the 1946 original. When out for a rare encounter with the palpable world, Meurks ...more
Peter Landau
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What struck me about returning to Albert Camus’ THE STRANGER in middle-age, after not having read the novel since I was a teenager, is how much the narrator, Meursault, reminds me of someone on the autism spectrum. Granted, when I first read the book, autism wasn’t as prevalent as a discussion point, but still the realization that this existential hero of my youth is detached and oddly unemotional (though a bit of a sensualist in his love of nature and the senses) was a bit of a shock.

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Marc Regan
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Arm wrestle Camus? Venture beyond The Stranger?

Michael J. Seidlinger has locked palms, grunted and strained, and the result is his slim novel The Strangest. Great news. Trouble is, when you find the strangest and inhabit him, your focus clouds. Responses stall. Screens are masks, curtains that make the wizard possible.

I found it hard not to see myself in these pages. What I saw was absurd. And exhilarating. Not unlike arm wrestling.

I couldn't stop reading. I don't fit in.

So, did Camus bring Sei
Sam Tepes
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am quite simply in love with this book.
M. Sarki
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned

The Strangest is a contemporary book obviously targeted for somebody younger than myself, a reader perhaps zealous and vernal enough to connect the craft of writing to classics composed by literary icons such as Albert Camus. But a wider scope of experience would in addition reveal numerous other writing geniuses impossible in one lifetime to count. It is true. The more one reads, the less one knows. This is not a revelation of course. Promoting, or even q
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's been decades, actually, since I read Camus' The Stranger, so I'll need to revisit it before I try to speak to how successful an homage Michael's novel is. But for now, I can say this is easily one of the best novels I've read this year. An entertaining, fast-moving, often hilarious, absurdist tale.. A fascinating portrait of a supremely alienated man--the strangest guy you're likely to see for a while, caught up in some pretty crazy sh*t.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2015
Good stuff - a really interesting translation of Camus's novel into contemporary America.
Michael Browne
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A clever reimagining for the 21st century. We're so fucked.
Patrick Trotti
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Detailed review forthcoming for the blog of jmww, a lit journal based in Baltimore.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Well written and entertaining. Won courtesy of
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MICHAEL J SEIDLINGER is a Filipino American author of My Pet Serial Killer, Dreams of Being, The Fun We’ve Had, and nine other books. He has written for, among others, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, and Publishers Weekly, and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. He is a social media coordinator for The Authors Guild, co-founder and member of the arts collective ...more

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