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The Stranger by Albert Camus
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it was amazing

I just finished reading this famous - classic story. All this time I had no idea what it was about.

What an interesting little book. I enjoyed reading in the same way that I have
"Siddartha", by Herman Hesse, or "The Alchemist", by Paulo Coelho.

It's a brilliant small book - especially knowing it was written so long ago: 1942..... but it's timeless.

Is everything the same as everything else? Does it matter who we marry or if we marry? Does it matter if we live or die? Must murder have a meaning?

Whose challenge is it when a person's behavior- is much less traditional than popular opinion? His? Or...everyone else around him?

And who decides what is meaningful and purposeful in life anyway? Is it possible things are simply 'made up'.... and then we agree what is more important than something else?

This book reminds me- "that life is a game". It is what it is. The game is how we play it:
we add our beliefs - thoughts - feelings - choices. We 'add' meaning to "what is".

Life is interpretation.... and Camus's main character, Meursault, doesn't blindly accept conventional meaning which is often impose on the world. He accepts his fate - yet not passively. He's clear he did something wrong. He's expecting others to be outraged. It accepts it all.

So... we, the reader, are left to draw many of our own conclusions-or not -but we are certainly invited to take a look at the deeper meaning of life.

Love the simple straightforward prose.....and personally I found Meursault charming and likable. I liked his strangeness!
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Mbgirl Wow...flashback to Honors English, high school! Nice thoughts supplied to the story. I still recall my classic cover from the 80's!!


Ulla I was 20 when I read this book for the first time. Had been depressed and miserable for some time. After reading the book I hade to write for myself notes saying STOP SMILING!


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Kevin Excellent review Elyse!


Michael Admirable compassion in finding the character likeable and purity of heart in fimding a form of integrity in him facing his judgment.


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Alex I always knew about Camus, in high school a lot of my collegues had read him and it was very cool to say, i read Camus. But I didnt, my first book was "The pest", last month, 20 years after finishing high school. i really enjoyed him and I cannot wait to read this one too.


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Holly  B Love this premise and your review Elyse!!!


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Miriam Smith Terrific review Elyse xxx


Elyse Walters Mbgirl wrote: "Wow...flashback to Honors English, high school! Nice thoughts supplied to the story. I still recall my classic cover from the 80's!!"

Mbgirl: Haha...............so cool "80's" --- Honors English --'bright girl'!!!!! :) Happy July 4th week-end!


Elyse Walters Ulla wrote: "I was 20 when I read this book for the first time. Had been depressed and miserable for some time. After reading the book I hade to write for myself notes saying STOP SMILING!"

Love this story Ulla!!!! (well, not of you being depressed --but I was also depressed at age 20) --maybe I should have read it then too.
:)


Elyse Walters Kevin wrote: "Excellent review Elyse!"

Thanks Kevin -- I started reading some reviews (after I wrote mine) --wow............there are sooooooooooooo many different -and all- interesting reviews!!!!!!
Such a kick! :) Thanks again!!! Happy 4th to you too!


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Candace Terrific review, Elyse! :)


Elyse Walters Michael wrote: "Admirable compassion in finding the character likeable and purity of heart in fimding a form of integrity in him facing his judgment."

Michael --'thank you'. REALLY!!!!!!!!!!! I 'thought' about what others might think about Meursault. (then I READ what a few other people thought in 'their' reviews) ---'after' I wrote my own--
and I find everyone's reviews interesting...
Also--perhaps depending on 'when' a person read this book --and age --and life experience --
readers can have a full range of thoughts about Meursault.

Thanks for commenting -- 'very cool'! -:)


Elyse Walters Alex wrote: "I always knew about Camus, in high school a lot of my collegues had read him and it was very cool to say, i read Camus. But I didnt, my first book was "The pest", last month, 20 years after finishi..."

Great Alex........... Its one of those little books that is easy -in itself- to read --but much longer to think about ---
Enjoy YOUR experience with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


Elyse Walters Holly wrote: "Love this premise and your review Elyse!!!"

Thank You Holly!!!!!!!!! :)


Elyse Walters Miriam wrote: "Terrific review Elyse xxx"

Miriam -thank you! Have you read this one? This older classic? Its a quick read -- but one to think about -- I think you might enjoy it if you haven't. Hugs!! xoxo


William It is truly a classic. I read it so many years ago, yet I remember becoming The Stranger, myself. Thank you for the review!


Elyse Walters Thank you William. I have no idea why I missed this one - but glad I finally read it.


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Bianca Great review. It's on my Kindle, waiting to be read. But so are 300 other books :-)


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Laura Oh wow, read that so many years ago, in high school, and I believe, in the original French, but my memory may not be right on that. Sounds like I should read it again. :)


Ingrid Read this when I was 15. Should read it again perhaps.


Elyse Walters Bianca... only 300? Lol. Good morning Ms Lovely!! :)


Elyse Walters Laura... but... FRENCH!!! You read something in French!!! :).
Memories are a funny thing.... :)
Hope you are enjoying the July 4th weekend. We are headed your way very soon - hiking a trail in Loch Lochman this morning.
Community soak gathering at our house tomorrow.


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Sara Great review of this classic, Elyse. I think the wonderful thing about Camus is that he requires us to think. You will not put him down and forget him, and isn't that what great writing is all about?


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Gary Guinn Hi, Elise. Here's a quick poem in response to your review. Have a great day.

Mersault, Mersault, where will I go?
The sand is hot, and the tide is low.
An Arab is on the beach, I see.
I don't know him, and he doesn't know me.
The gun is warm and strong in my hand,
and the sun is bright coming off the sand.
There is no reason not to use
what's in my hand. No, no excuse.


Elyse Walters Ingrid wrote: "Read this when I was 15. Should read it again perhaps."

Hi Ingrid ---amazing how long this book has been around! :)


Elyse Walters Sara wrote: "Great review of this classic, Elyse. I think the wonderful thing about Camus is that he requires us to think. You will not put him down and forget him, and isn't that what great writing is all about?"

Sara ---------------YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) That 'is' what great writing is about. We 'can't forget this story. Hugs sweet girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Elyse Walters Gary wrote: "Hi, Elise. Here's a quick poem in response to your review. Have a great day.

Mersault, Mersault, where will I go?
The sand is hot, and the tide is low.
An Arab is on the beach, I see.
I don't know..."


Wow!!!!!!! Gary!!!!!!!!!!!! My -- Sure gets ya right in the gut, huh? ---Thanks so much for sharing it!!!!!!!! ...........and Happy 4th to you by the way!


Robin So happy to see this being read and honored! Wonderful review.


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Laura Elyse wrote: "Laura... but... FRENCH!!! You read something in French!!! :).
Memories are a funny thing.... :)
Hope you are enjoying the July 4th weekend. We are headed your way very soon - hiking a trail in Loc..."


Hope you had a good hike. Yes, that was back when I was in fourth year French, in High School. Long ago.


Elyse Walters Thanks Robin!


Elyse Walters Great Laura!!!


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Lars Jerlach This is indeed an excellent book.


Cecily Lots to think about - the book and your review. Good stuff!


Mariah 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/...


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