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message 1: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl I agree that this strangeness is what makes this short read so alluring. Meursault was unhinged and peculiar, so the reading ride with him was eventful. Thanks for the friend request. I look forward to discussing more book experiences.


message 2: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Cheryl wrote: "I agree that this strangeness is what makes this short read so alluring. Meursault was unhinged and peculiar, so the reading ride with him was eventful. Thanks for the friend request. I look forwar..."

Cheryl: Somehow I had missed reading your comment on the day you posted it and saw it just now when a couple of people recently liked my review.
Yes, Mersault's peculiarity is what shocks you most of the way, but then it also makes you like the book and its author for writing something so different from formulaic stuff.
You are most welcome where the friend request is concerned. Yes, indeed! Please feel free to discuss more book experiences whenever you want to.
Have a wonderful week.


message 3: by Franco (new)

Franco  Santos Great review, Mohsin! I really enjoyed this book, too.


message 4: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Thank you, Franco. I am glad you did. :)
I intend to read Albert Camus's "The Plague" next year.


message 5: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Great review. I am yet to read Camus. One day ...


message 6: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Thank you, Bianca. Do read Camus's "The Stranger" soon, as you are truly missing something special!


message 7: by Ben (new)

Ben Ballin It's a remarkable book, Mohsin. If you liked it, I would thoroughly recommend 'The Plague' and 'The Fall' as well.


message 8: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Ben wrote: "It's a remarkable book, Mohsin. If you liked it, I would thoroughly recommend 'The Plague' and 'The Fall' as well."

Indeed, Ben! I will add more to my review soon. So do check it out again. I read "The Fall" in 2013. I also have "The Plague" in my collection and will do my best to read it this year.


message 9: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Thanks, Mohsin. And you are right - Camus would have gone on to write a number of other classic works if he wasn't in that car accident. As I understand, quite ironically, his publisher was the driver of the car traveling at high-speed.


message 10: by Ben (new)

Ben Ballin Fabulous. I have not re-read 'The Plague' for a while, but recall it as feeling like his most complete (and in some ways most conventional) novel: a real masterpiece. I re-read 'The Fall' a year or two ago, and it remains a challenging and intriguing work, a true novel of ideas.


message 11: by James (new)

James The Outsider, The Plague and The Fall - all great books. The Outsider stands out to me as the strongest. The First Man is good too.


message 12: by Ben (new)

Ben Ballin As are the short stories in 'Exile and the Kingdom' ... and his two philosophical works, 'The Myth of Sisyphus' and 'The Rebel'. I am less convinced of his abilities as a playwright.


message 13: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Ben wrote: "As are the short stories in 'Exile and the Kingdom' ... and his two philosophical works, 'The Myth of Sisyphus' and 'The Rebel'. I am less convinced of his abilities as a playwright."

Indeed, Ben! I totally agree with you.


message 14: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Glenn wrote: "Thanks, Mohsin. And you are right - Camus would have gone on to write a number of other classic works if he wasn't in that car accident. As I understand, quite ironically, his publisher was the dri..."

You are most welcome, Glenn. Most often than not drivers lead their masters/owners/employers to their death!


message 15: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Ben wrote: "Fabulous. I have not re-read 'The Plague' for a while, but recall it as feeling like his most complete (and in some ways most conventional) novel: a real masterpiece. I re-read 'The Fall' a year or..."

Thank you, Ben. I read "The Fall" three and a half years back but with a long gap. I liked the first half but did not the second half. Maybe my viewpoint changed because of the inconsistency in reading. I intend picking it up again this year along with "The Plague" which will be for the first time.


message 16: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool James wrote: "The Outsider, The Plague and The Fall - all great books. The Outsider stands out to me as the strongest. The First Man is good too."

Yes, James, most people consider "The Stranger" aka "The Outsider" to be his best work. "The Exile and the Kingdom" is supposed to be good too. I have read "The Fall" but have yet to read "The Plague".


message 17: by Lata (new)

Lata I read this many years ago in French lit when I was a teen. I think much of what Camus was doing in this book was lost on me at that time.
I like your review.


message 18: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Lata wrote: "I read this many years ago in French lit when I was a teen. I think much of what Camus was doing in this book was lost on me at that time.
I like your review."


Thank you, Lata. Some books and some films that we don't understand during our schooldays our teens or even during our 20s/30s on going through them again at a later stage in life, we absolutely love them. And some which we had loved during those days, on reading those books again or re-watching the films we find them to be stupid or totally nonsense. I did not think much of Richard Bach's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" during the mid-80s, now I love reading it. I could not understand the film "The Dogs of War" when I first watched it in 1983, now I love it. Perceptions change with time.
Do read the book again, I am sure you are going to love it. And when you do, please let me know your viewpoint.


message 19: by Ahsan (new)

Ahsan Maqbool Great Review Mohsin! I had heard Albert Camus' name but had never read any of his novels. Now after reading the praises in the comments I will make it a point to read his books, but before doing that I am going to watch the movie "The Stranger" as it has the great Marcello Mastroianni in it, whom I adore.


message 20: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Ahsan wrote: "Great Review Mohsin! I had heard Albert Camus' name but had never read any of his novels. Now after reading the praises in the comments I will make it a point to read his books, but before doing th..."

Shukriya, Bhai. Camus' name was also mentioned in "The Prize", which starred Paul Newman. I loved the film.
I too will be watching Mastroianni's film soon. Do hear The Cure song too. It was one of my favourite bands.


message 21: by Katie (new)

Katie Great review. And thanks for the link to Visconti's film. I've wanted to see that for ages.


message 22: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Katie wrote: "Great review. And thanks for the link to Visconti's film. I've wanted to see that for ages."

Thank you, Katie. You are most welcome. Even I am going to watch it now for the first time. ;)


message 23: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy If I had to list the books that influenced me most as a young man, Albert Camus's The Stranger would be a strong competitor for the #1 spot.


message 24: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Jimmy wrote: "If I had to list the books that influenced me most as a young man, Albert Camus's The Stranger would be a strong competitor for the #1 spot."

I am delighted to hear that, Jimmy. Where I am concerned, I found the book to be unique in the sense that I had never read anything like it and loved it. It also made me on the lookout for books that were not formulaic and had something unusual to say or would make me think about it for a long, long time. In other words, it should be unforgettable like Camus' "The Stranger".


message 25: by Katie (new)

Katie Mohsin wrote: "Katie wrote: "Great review. And thanks for the link to Visconti's film. I've wanted to see that for ages."

Thank you, Katie. You are most welcome. Even I am going to watch it now for the first tim..."


I watched it last night. Brilliant. And the actress playing Mastroianni's girlfriend is gorgeous!


message 26: by Christine (new)

Christine Zibas Very nice review. Although I have long known about the book, I've never read it, and you offer up some real insight, particularly with the quotes you have chosen.


message 27: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Katie wrote: "I watched it last night. Brilliant. And the actress playing Mastroianni's girlfriend is gorgeous!.."

Katie: Even I watched it on Sunday morning and loved it. The one who played Mastroianni's girlfriend is a talented French actress called Anna Karina. She is indeed gorgeous!


message 28: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Christine wrote: "Very nice review. Although I have long known about the book, I've never read it, and you offer up some real insight, particularly with the quotes you have chosen."

Thank you so much, Christine. Yes, do read the book. I am sure you are going to love it. Just in case if you don't understand something, feel free to ask me and I will explain it to you. Have a superb week. :)


message 29: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Jean-Paul wrote: "Mesmerizing review, Mohsin. The illustrations fitted your write-up to perfection!"

Thank you so much, Jean-Paul. I am delighted by your generous comment.


message 30: by Zoeb (new)

Zoeb Loved the review and even more the wonderful visual references to films and videos inspired by this iconic work of literature. You are also right in suggesting that whatever Meursault does is something that each one of us, deep inside, has always wanted to do.


message 31: by Mohsin (new)

Mohsin Maqbool Zoeb wrote: "Loved the review and even more the wonderful visual references to films and videos inspired by this iconic work of literature. You are also right in suggesting that whatever Meursault does is somet..."

Zoeb: I am delighted that you "loved" my review and "even more the wonderful visual references to films and videos inspired by this iconic work of literature".
All of us are akin to the "stranger" in some way as we can act strangely sometimes. Besides, several facets of us remain hidden from the rest of the world, including our parents and siblings. However, we might share them with our family or some of its members when the time is ripe.


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