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message 1: by Susana (new)

Susana I didn't get this book. I really enjoyed Crime and Punishment. Although I can understand the connection you made between the two, for me they stand on the opposite ends of the scale...


message 2: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Great review Jim.


message 3: by Nelson (new)

Nelson Zagalo You must frame the work as part of the philosophical approach called absurdism, which is part of the existentialist branch.

I really loved this book, it is in my top 10. Camus really blew my world in my first read.


message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Maureen wrote: "Great review Jim."

Thanks Maureen


message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Susana wrote: "I didn't get this book. I really enjoyed Crime and Punishment. Although I can understand the connection you made between the two, for me they stand on the opposite ends of the scale..."
I thought they were akin simply because both were senseless murders and the murderer feels no remorse


message 6: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Nelson wrote: "You must frame the work as part of the philosophical approach called absurdism, which is part of the existentialist branch.

I really loved this book, it is in my top 10. Camus really blew my world..."

I can see the existentialism and the absurdism but the main character seems to just give up and not fight or try to improve anything


message 7: by Jaline (new)

Jaline Very thought-provoking review, Jim - well done! :)


message 8: by Outis (new)

Outis Jim wrote: "... but the main character seems to just give up and not fight or try to improve anything"
Why the "but"?

Rather than simply not improving anything, he makes things worse, repeatedly.
His story is like a Rorschach blot. You say the four extra gunshots is what got him convincted. But there are a bunch of other reasons in the text, and none of them really make sense. Which is the point.
So the novel has no business explaining him. He's no more realistic a character than the story anyway.


message 9: by Pattie (new)

Pattie Excellent review, Jim.


message 10: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Jaline wrote: "Very thought-provoking review, Jim - well done! :)"

Thanks Jaline


message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Outis wrote: "Jim wrote: "... but the main character seems to just give up and not fight or try to improve anything"
Why the "but"?

Rather than simply not improving anything, he makes things worse, repeatedly.
..."

So....... absurdist


message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Pattie wrote: "Excellent review, Jim."

Glad you liked it Pattie


message 13: by Selena (new)

Selena Fantastic Review


message 14: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Selena wrote: "Fantastic Review"

Thanks Selena


message 15: by Ken (new)

Ken One thorough "short" review! Well done--that's the long and the short of it!


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Ken wrote: "One thorough "short" review! Well done--that's the long and the short of it!"

Thanks Ken, you should see the LONG ones! lol


message 17: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Hajar wrote: "Brilliant review, Jim. Glad you loved it!"

Thanks Hajar! Second time around, I had read it years ago.


message 18: by David (new)

David Great review, Jim. I loved that book but read it many years ago so thanks for the refresher.

As for the opening line, your second choice follows the French. "Today, mother died."

One day I will attempt the original (ha that might be a far fetched sim).


message 19: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca David wrote: "Great review, Jim. I loved that book but read it many years ago so thanks for the refresher.

As for the opening line, your second choice follows the French. "Today, mother died."

One day I will ..."


I only know French from a couple of years in college, but why couldn't it also be "Today, mother is dead." ?


message 20: by Outis (new)

Outis "Today, mother is dead." would be technically correct as far as the grammar is concerned. I don't think that sounds as natural in English as in French. Translating deliberately weird and ambiguous writing into elegant prose is going to cost the translation some accuracy so I don't think erring on the side of literal translation is necessarily the wrong approach when it comes to this book. All translations work well enough anyway since the main point is that she died.
The hard part isn't the grammar but the semantics: the French for "mother" isn't used in the first sentence, only in the message the main character received.


message 21: by David (new)

David Jim wrote: "David wrote: "Great review, Jim. I loved that book but read it many years ago so thanks for the refresher.

As for the opening line, your second choice follows the French. "Today, mother died."

O..."


Yes it can be.... "aujourdui, maman est mort.


message 22: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Outis wrote: ""Today, mother is dead." would be technically correct as far as the grammar is concerned. I don't think that sounds as natural in English as in French. Translating deliberately weird and ambiguous ..."

Ah, very interesting, thanks


message 23: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca David wrote: "Jim wrote: "David wrote: "Great review, Jim. I loved that book but read it many years ago so thanks for the refresher.

As for the opening line, your second choice follows the French. "Today, moth..."

Thanks David


message 24: by Jaidee (new)

Jaidee Really enjoyed your review...I have wanted to read this since age 14 and for some reason it has evaded me !!


message 25: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Jaidee wrote: "Really enjoyed your review...I have wanted to read this since age 14 and for some reason it has evaded me !!"
Thanks Jaidee, if you read it I hope you like it


message 26: by Aicha (new)

Aicha Hascar I liked your review, i'm reading it in French. ^_^


message 27: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Aicha wrote: "I liked your review, i'm reading it in French. ^_^"

Great! You can solve the mystery of the first sentence!


message 28: by Mariah Roze (new)

Mariah Roze Our Diversity in All Forms Book Club is reading this for February. We’d love to have you join the discussion on it. :) https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Mariah wrote: "Our Diversity in All Forms Book Club is reading this for February. We’d love to have you join the discussion on it. :) https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/..."
ok thanks Mariah, I'll check into the discussion


message 30: by Ushasree (new)

Ushasree N Lovely review. :)


message 31: by Jim (new)

Jim Fonseca Ushasree wrote: "Lovely review. :)"

Thanks Ushasree, I am glad that you liked it.


message 32: by Mariah Roze (new)

Mariah Roze Jim wrote: "Mariah wrote: "Our Diversity in All Forms Book Club is reading this for February. We’d love to have you join the discussion on it. :) https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/......"

Awesome! We'd love to have you!!


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