The Stranger By Albert Camus
Translated by Matthew Ward
Albert Camus's spare, locoing masterpiece about a Frenchman who murders an Arab in Algeria for having diagnosed, with a clarity almost scientific, that condition of reckless alien and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of the twentieth century.
What I Thought
This book was really good for a summer reading book. I thought that it was going to be really bad because it was written in the 1900's and by some boring french dude. Well let me just say I was completely wrong about that. Albert Camus's work was really good and it drew me in with in the first twenty pages. (Not saying much seeing as it is only 117 pages.)
There were some parts in this novel I just did not get. Like the christianity of the society. This novel was set in like the forties, so wouldn't the society still be very Christian influenced? Yet there is no mention of God, or church, or anything Christian, except the beginning and the end.
The mental stability of the main character is very questionable. It makes me think that the main character is a sociopath. (For those who do not know it is a person who has no human emotions, someone who can mimic the emotions.)
Overall I am giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars.
Hope to have you reading again soon,