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EBOOK î EPUB L’Étranger ä FREE ß ALBERT CAMUS · Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach Camus explored what he termed the nakedness of man faced with the absurd First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew WardN Algerian beach Camus explored what he termed the nakedness of man faced with the y'know it's uite impressive that Camus managed to write a whole novel from the perspective of that guy who you always avoid at house parties

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Absurd First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward If every few words of praise I’ve seen for “The Stranger” over my lifetime materialized into small chunks of rock in space there’d be enough sht to conjure up the Oort Cloud Much like this distant collection of debris bordering the outer solar system I can’t really comprehend the acclaim heaped on this story but luckily like the Cloud it’s usually out of sight out of mind and has absolutely no discernable current influence on my life And just like the Oort can occasionally spit a chunk of sht at the earth and devastate all life upon it so too can I hearread some lip service paid to “The Stranger” resulting in my transition to Freak Out Mode resulting in me slapping someone in the face usually someone I have to deal with again at some point in time if only in court Personally I don’t see what the big deal is Armed with a 100 word vocabulary a meager 123 pages to bore one with and a character who simply doesn’t seem to give much of a damn Camus somehow shook the world of literature with this inane garbage I haven’t sat down to conduct a thorough analysis but using some reasonable guesstimation I will say that the average sentence in this book is about eight words long I’m not asking that every sentence in a book run the length of a page but the end result when employed by Camus was that either a twelve year old or some sort of retarded robot wrote this Cue robot voice It struck me as strange The sentences were so short It was very peculiar This could be read very fast I began to read this on the train on my in to work I finished it on my way back home Who the hell writes like that More importantly who the hell reads a book like that and suspects therein lay some complexity Each time I noticed how condensed everything was it occurred to me that somehow the literati had spent all this time adoring the published euivalent of a commercial Here’s a snapshot of the dude we’re supposed to give a hoot about He doesn’t readily assimilate to or accept the conventional s everyone else seems accustomed to He’s not overly concerned but he seemingly knows there’s some kind of disconnect He’s also not out to go f#ck with the system for lack of anything better to do or in some attempt to make a statement He’s pretty emotionless he shows some genuine concern for himself at times but even those close to him really aren’t too significant in his grand picture His testicles are extremely small and sterile and he fondles them often Not long after the death of his mother Our Hero is chilling on the beach when some Arabs come around looking to start sht with an acuaintance of his and after a small skirmish earlier in the day Our Man goes back down to the beach and shoots an Arab He gets arrested and pretty much just goes with the flow he rolls over and let’s the prosecution have their way with his scrawny white ass The whole time he pretty much just thinks it’s all pretty ridiculous and isn’t too concerned with the proceedings I wasn’t too concerned about the book More than anything I was just bored with it There was no build up there was no action there was no climax There was nothing funny nothing exciting nothing interesting and nothing to really take away from the book; just the same words repeating over and over grouped in strings of seven or eight The longest sentence in the book was also the only thing which I found even remotely amusing “Finally I realized that some of the old people were sucking at the insides of their cheeks and making these weird smacking noises” That isn’t particularly funny but compared to the rest of the book it was comedic gold “The Stranger” is some seriously weak shit I’ve gotten enjoyment from looking a map of Kentucky

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L’ÉtrangerThrough the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on a I don’t know what to do with these stars any I give stars to books and then I think ‘god you give five stars to everything people will think you are terribly undiscriminating’ – so then I give four stars or even three stars to some books Then I look back and it turns out that that I’ve given four stars to Of Human Bondage and honestly how could I possibly have thought it was a good idea to give that book less than five stars It is the absurdity of human conventions that has us doing such thingsNow that is what is called a segue from the Italian ‘seguire’ – to follow For the last thirty years I have studiously avoided reading this book I have done that because for the last thirty years I have known exactly what this book is about and there just didn’t seem any point in reading it In high school friends one of them even became my ex wife told me it was a great book about a man condemned to die because he was an outsider Later I was told that this book was a story about something much like the Azaria Chamberlain case A case where someone does not react in a way that is considered to be ‘socially appropriate’ and is therefore condemnedBut after 30 years of avoiding reading this book I have finally relented and read it At first I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it It didn’t really get off to the raciest of starts and the character's voice – it is told in first person – was a bit dull He is a man who lives entirely in the present how terribly Buddhist of him – although really there doesn’t seem to be all that much to himMy opinion of the book began to change at his mother’s funeral I particularly liked the man who kept falling behind in the march to the cemetery and would take short cuts Okay so it is black humour but Camus was or less French – so black humour is or less obligatoryI really hadn’t expected this book to be nearly so funny as it turned out I’d always been told it was a ponderous philosophical text – and so to be honest I was expecting to be bored out of my skull I wasn’t in the least bit boredA constant theme in my life at present is that I read ‘classics’ expecting them to be about something and they end up being about something completely different And given I’ve called this a ‘constant’ theme then you might think I would be less than surprised when a read a new ‘classic’ and it turns out to be completely different to my expectations I’m a little upset about this one than some of the others as I’ve been told about this one before repeatedly and by people I’d have taken as ‘reputable sources’ – although frankly how well one should trust one’s ex wife in such matters is mootI had gotten the distinct impression from all of my previous discussions about this book that the guy ends up dead In fact this is not the case – he ends up at the point in his life where he has no idea if he will be freed or not The Priest who comes to him at the end is actually uite certain that he will be freed Let’s face it he is only guilty of having murdered an Arab and as we have daily evidence Westerners can murder Arabs with complete impunity The main point of the book to me is when he realises he is no longer ‘free’ He needs this explained to him – because life up until then had been about ‘getting used to things’ and one can 'get used to just about anything' But the prison guard helpfully informs him that he is being ‘punished’ and the manifestation of that punishment is the removal of his ‘freedom’ Interestingly he didn’t notice the difference between his past ‘free’ life and his current ‘unfree’ one The most interesting part of the book to me was the very end the conversation with the priest The religious often make the mistake of thinking that Atheists are one thing – I’ve no idea how they ever came to make this mistake