The Stranger

by Albert Camus

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Tags: Set in ALGERIA Male author

The Stranger

With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, Camus's masterpiece gives us the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. Behind the intrigue, Camus explores what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd" and describes the condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life. First published in 1946; now in translation by Matthew Ward.


Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Karna
(3 weeks ago)
01 Feb, 2024
A short and easy read, supposedly a classic. I found it depressing. The protagonist is shallow, self centered and uncaring with no respect for human life in any form whether it be his mother, his girlfriend, another man's girlfriend or a man on a beach. In the end he didn't learn anything....there is no closure. His life message appears to be that life is meaningless, although he does seem to wish he could avoid the guillotine.

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Country: Algeria flag Algeria
Language: EN
Genre: Philosophical

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