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message 1: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Hamilton sounds more like he has sociopathy/psychopathy, i think it's a damaging/harmful assumption to say he's probably on the autism spectrum. The people I know on the autism spectrum can still feel bad for people and have a range of emotions.


message 2: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Hamilton I'd advise you take that part out of your review, since you may propagate harmful stereotypes and don't have the means to diagnose a book character anyway.


Sean Barrs the Bookdragon Catherine wrote: "sounds more like he has sociopathy/psychopathy, i think it's a damaging/harmful assumption to say he's probably on the autism spectrum. The people I know on the autism spectrum can still feel bad f..."

Of course they can. Some of my closest friends have been autistic. The point is, the protagonist does not understand the emotions of others or how his behaviour affects them. I am not the first reader to see such a thing in this work.

His indifference and lack of empathy are separate and i did not suggest that they were linked with autism in any way.

My thoughts have not changed and neither will my review.


message 4: by Cin (new)

Cin Meursault is not entirely indifferent. He keeps calling his mother "maman", which is the most childish way to call your mother in French, and I think you can see all his love for her and the sadness he feels in that single word.


message 5: by Alain (new)

Alain Dib Nice review!


Sean Barrs the Bookdragon Alain wrote: "Nice review!"

Thank you! :


Sean Barrs the Bookdragon Cin wrote: "Meursault is not entirely indifferent. He keeps calling his mother "maman", which is the most childish way to call your mother in French, and I think you can see all his love for her and the sadnes..."

Could be so or it could be an old habbit leftover from childhood.


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