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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,585 ratings  ·  409 reviews
الإنسان الذي لا ينتمي إلى حزب أو عقيدة، ويجرّر ظله العملاق في طريقه المظلمة
مستلقاً حيناً ومتمدداً حيناً آخر. ويقوم كولن ولسون بهذه المعالجة على ضوء دراسة واسعة
لشخصية اللامنتمي كما تتجلى في آثار كبار الكتاب والفنانين
فيحلل آثار كافكا ودستويفسكي وهمنغواي وكامو وسارتر ونيتشه
وفان كوخ ولورنس وهنري باريوس وسواهم تحليلاً يأخذ بمجامع القلوب
ويلقي أضواء ساطعة على روائع هؤلاء الكتاب و
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published 1982 by دار الآداب (first published 1956)
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Lumina
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I identify and resonate with all of the aspects Wilson discusses in this book for the most part. This is probably the best book I have ever read besides Hesse's Steppenwolf.

To put it in a nutshell: If you feel like you're alienated from most of humanity and that nobody speaks "your language" or thinks or feels as you do, and if you truly mean this, and live your life alone most of the time, then this book is about YOU.

I am NOT talking about Emo Kids, or people who are seriously disturbed, like s
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Fergus
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a dark side of the moon.

And there’s a dark side of Society; a dark side of our friends; and a dark side of the Deep State.

Societal interaction, of course, tells us it’s only one little blip on the screen and it’ll all come out in the wash. Will it really?

When I retired 16 years ago, burnt out, I thought not.

While I worked, I exuded positive feelings - but at home I often exuded Black Night.

In early retirement I became a confirmed Outsider, mainly through my total lack of success in tr
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Erik Graff
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young persons
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
Wilson's first book, The Outsider, prefiguring much of his later serious work, was a best-seller, making him a celebrity in his twenties, a status quickly lost and never regained. It is not, in my opinion, one of his best books, but then none of his books are really very good by any ordinary standards. Wilson is no great scholar, no masterful prose stylist. He has made his living as a popularist in scores of sellable books about hot topics like sex, murder, scandal, aliens and the occult. On the ...more
Clint
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I read this book twice before I was 20 years old, and I think that might be the best time to read it. It turned me on to a lot of other writers and historical figures I might never have sought out on my own, and the experience he talks about throughout the book is something that probably freaks out a lot of people, usually young adults, when it happens to them, which isn't often at all, but when it does, it is such a relief to know you're not alone, and a lot of people much more intelligent, ins ...more
Alan Smith
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There aren't too many books that can change your life. This is one of the few that can.

Coin Wilson wrote this work while sleeping rough in London, and upon its publication it became a major best seller, giving the author overnight fame. Wilson (for some unfathomed reason) became linked with the literary movement called "The Angry Young Men", and though the critics' love-affair with him soon cooled, he went on to develop his philosophy of "New Existentialism", with its core premise that the next
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Zaki
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my third attempt at trying to read this. Wilson's ideas seem to be all over the place and I can't keep up. Every now and again he says something really interesting and poignant but then dwindles into incoherence. So I'm giving up as i aint the type of dick to rummage through heaps of shit in order to find a gem that is the size of my ballz.
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“The Outsider wants to cease to be an Outsider.”
It's like the most touching words (regarding the outsider subject) I've ever read.
Yes. This book touches my heart really deep.
It describes my very soul, my emotions, and my life perception. It talks about everything one should know and deal with in a life that's really horrible and strange in his eyes.

“The problem of the Outsiders is the unreality of their lives. They suddenly realize they are in a cinema. They ask: Who are we? What are we doing
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Greg
The Outsider is great. Much of the book are things that any serious reader will say the very not so serious comment of 'duh' to, and there is the sense of 'preaching to the converted' (although there is no preaching here), but that's ok with me since a good portion of my life has been being submersed in subcultures that preach to the converted believing that their words just might be able to transcend the actual audience to an audience that needs to hear the message (for the record I just though ...more
Eric
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: colin-wilson
It is impossible for me to be objective about this book as it had such an influence on my life! I read it when I was 21 and identified with the outsider theme. It had me reading most of the books this precocious autodidact quoted in his rambling thesis. I was particularly fascinated by his outline of Gurdjieff and this led me to join a Gurdjieff Group, convinced I had found the solution to my problems. I hadn't but that's another story!
Now, in my 60s, how do I explain it; what was it about The O
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Vit Babenco
“The idea of Zarathustra began as a reaction against Nietzsche’s own soul-sickness; it was his attempt to give body to the idea of great health. Zarathustra was not a Superman; he was only a man who had succeeded in throwing off the sickness that poisons all other men.”
It sounds somewhat as though while reading the comic strips Colin Wilson keeps wondering if Batman really was a superhero or just a fiction…
In my opinion any great literary hero is an outsider because conformists and philistines a
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Raegan Butcher
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: college students
Colin Wilson explains why men of "genius" suffer angst. As such there are interesting portraits of Dostoyevsky, T.E Lawrence, Van Gogh, etc, etc.
Rami Hamze
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shockingly insightful prophetic work by Colin Wilson (at the age of 24) that tracks and analyzes “The Outsider” figure in existential philosophy works including those of Sartre, Camus, Kafka, Hesse, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky among others.

Who is the Outsider? A person who sees too much and too deep, has a vivid sense of perception, wants to get beyond the trivial, and to understand the soul and its working. The Outsider wants to integrate and to cease to be an outsider, but often disconn
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Gareth
For anyone with an interest in philosophy, art, literature, psychology and religion, "The Outside" was considered at one time to be essential reading. Wilson's main theme is the sort of creative misfit that finds himself at odds with the world (for whatever reason). Each chapter is an analysis of different psychological types (philosophical, artistic, religious, etc.), and involves lots of interesting discussion of such figures as Sartre, Nietzsche, Gurdjieff, Van Gogh, Lawrence of Arabia, Blake ...more
John Anthony
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The classic study of alienation, creativity and the modern mind”, as per the front cover of my 2011 copy. I can’t argue with any of that.

This is a compulsive read, though certainly not a light one. I found mornings the best time to read it when my brain was a little more awake (not that that says a great deal). Written almost 70 years ago when the author was in his early 20s. Wow!

The book has enormous depth, reflecting that of its subject: the 5% of the population which warrants the term. Coli
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Martin Klawitter
I first heard about Colin Wilsons, The Outsider, when I read Sarah Bakewell's The Existentialist Cafe, which tells the story of the existentialist movement in continental Europe during the 1900s. Colin Wilson is only mentioned briefly, but her description of him as a person, and his book the Outsider, was enough to intrigue me to read it.

According to Wilson the Outsider is a person that is plagued by despair and of alienation from the world around him. This stems not from a distaste of life, b
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Guido Colacci
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a crucial stepping stone to becoming the person I am with the convictions, courage, and integrity to always think for myself and to always speak my mind, without weighing how people will react or whether I am the only one that speaks up. I never feel like, I have to belong or be accepted.
Dan
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part biography, part philosophy, part literary criticism, and part psychology: Wilson's The Outsider is a study of the theme of alienation in the art and thought of the modern era. In addition to discussing the existentialist thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus (and the novelists that are sometimes associated with that philosophical position--Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoevsky), Wilson also comments on the work of artists like William Blake, Vincent Va ...more
Crippled_ships
Mar 08, 2018 marked it as my-library  ·  review of another edition
This book was brought to my attention by a cluster of synchronicities (and I try to make it a rule to follow up on what such occurences suggest to me). Colin Wilson was first brought to my awareness by the wonderful book "England's Hidden Reverse", then an interview with the man (+ reviews of some of his books) showed up in a journal I was reading at the time ("The Gnostic", although I forget which issue), and to top it off it turns out that this book was one of the touchstones for David Bowie's ...more
Sara
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The Outsider wants to cease to be an Outsider.
He wants to be integrated as a human being, achieving a fusion between mind and heart.
He seeks vivid sense perception.
He wants to understand the soul and its workings.
He wants to get beyond the trivial.
He wants to express himself so he can better understand himself. He sees a way out through intensity, extremes of experience.

Wilson utilizes a ravishing group of figures to illustrate his hypothesis: William Blake, T.E. Lawrence; Van Gogh; Hesse; Hemin
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Tim
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
The Outsider addresses the untapped power of the mind and its constant battle with the world, to make sense of it, or be broken by it. But the book is also significant for me because at 23, reading this book, I wanted to write something as good as Wilson had done at that age. (For a wonderful story recapitulating Wilson's ideas, I also recommend his takeoff on H.P. Lovecraft, The Mind Parasites.) Wilson also shaped my relationship to books. So many critics write about literature and philosophy a ...more
Aman
really intersting story.. very enjoyable for those who like strange psychological cases..
if you ever read it, don't miss the addition at the end.. it's really something :)
Ajim Bagwan
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
★★★★½. An exhaustive and penetrating study into existentialist human inquiry. Colin Wilson puts a solid effort to bring together the Outsiders of our world into an illuminating light, highlighting the common themes that plague and have plagued the existentialists/outsiders since centuries. Outsiders of all kinds, emotional, intellectual, physical/practical/sensual, religious. And through examining the works of various authors - Sartre, Camus, Dostoevsky, T.S. Elliot, Herman Hesse, Nietzsche, Kaf ...more
Philipp
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Here's some rambling.

A history of 'The Outsider', the person who wants to 'live more abundantly', sees reality as unreal, sees himself outside of society, full of people that are 'asleep'. The Outsider is alone. Wilson describes the definition and the problems of the Outsider by using literature (particularly Hesse, and a great re-interpretation of Dostoevsky's lifework) and the lives of a few Outsiders like T.E. Lawrence, van Gogh and the ballet dancer Nijinsky. To Wilson, all of these men fail
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Bethan
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
A strange mix of pop philosophy/psychology with a lot of literary criticism that was very popular when it first came out. The basic premise is that there are some people who are 'outsiders' and Wilson set out to examine the writings of people he saw as 'outsiders' or those who expressed such an outsider's dilemma and worldview - T.E. Lawrence, Nijinsky, Dostoyevsky, Van Gogh, etc. Wilson generally explores this on a philosophical and existential level. That is, things like what the outsider's pr ...more
Valentino Megale
One of my bookshelf's milestones, it is great source of inspiration that can push you to rethink your life and your actions. The result of a mind that has never stopped working and debut book by Colin Wilson, it allows you to cross the ocean of ideas that in many historical periods have sprang out from and disturbed the "average life" of every day. Because in the end this "average life" is not that a great compromise, the most painful and the most invisible. And its consequences affect us until ...more
ماهر Battuti
This book has influenced my generation when we read it in the fifties. It introduce the reader to a host of writers and artists who got characteristics that make them different. We read about Hemingway, Barbusse, Gurdjieff, ...
Wilson later wrote a huge number of books, but this first book stands alone as his best.
Alan
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, lit-crit
I read this when I was very young and it made a great impression on me, pointing me to books by Beckett and Camus etc. But I have dipped into sebsequent books by Wilson and found them awful. I don't dare go back and re-read this as I know it would disappoint.
Kelly
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Sounds cliché, but I think this book just changed my life. You'd have to read it to understand what it's all about (or at least be familiar with the history of existentialism), but if you can make it all the way through this book.... I admire you! Definitely my best read in a long time.
G.C. McKay
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should belong to every Existential Starter Pack out there: https://youtu.be/YTpS2dTKsUM ...more
Jay
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A century or so after the Industrial Revolution started, Western societies set into a pattern where the masses of people appeared to be doing little more than working, sleeping, eating, and never fully developing as human beings. In response, those who were unhappy with this arrangement became more individualistic and socially isolated. Colin Wilson wrote The Outsider to address this situation. While this somewhat influential work of non-fiction begins with a departure into an interesting terri ...more
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and
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