L'envers et l'endroit

(Collection folio/essais -- 41)

mass market paperback, 119 pages

French language

Published Sept. 6, 1995 by Gallimard.

ISBN:
9782070323685
OCLC Number:
18390023

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L'Étranger (French: [l‿e.tʁɑ̃.ʒe]) is a 1942 novella by French author Albert Camus. Its theme and outlook are often cited as examples of Camus' philosophy, absurdism coupled with existentialism, though Camus personally rejected the latter label.The title character is Meursault, an indifferent French Algerian described as "a citizen of France domiciled in North Africa, a man of the Mediterranean, an homme du midi yet one who hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture." He attends his mother's funeral. Weeks later, he kills an Arab man in French Algiers, who was involved in a conflict with one of Meursault's neighbors. Meursault is tried and sentenced to death. The story is divided into two parts, presenting Meursault's first-person narrative view before and after the murder, respectively. In January 1955, Camus wrote this:

I summarized The Stranger a long time ago, with a remark I admit was highly paradoxical: "In our society any man …

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I read this for French practice. It did do its job of being simple in language and short, while being a whole serious "classic" book for adults.

I'm not the type of person for philosophical debates. I know the answers and/or don't care. You shoot someone for no reason -> you go to jail so that you don't do it again. I don't have time for what exactly what might be wrong with this guy or whether he loves his mother.

But maybe I missed the point because I don't even speak French?

Review of 'The Stranger' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I can relate. Here’s someone drifting through life. Things happen to him, each as inconsequential as the last. My depression makes me think that way more often than not. In fact, this book may be the best representation of how my depression manifests — not a heavy dragging sadness so much as a robotic indifference. I am as indifferent to the universe as it is to me.

Review of 'Outsider' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) ''C'est un frôlement qui m'a révéillé. D'avoir fermé les yeux, la pièce m'a paru encore plus éclatante de blancheur. Devant moi, il n'y avait pas une ombre et chaque objet, chaque angle, toutes les courbes se dessinaient avec une pureté blessante pour les yeux. C'est à ce moment que les amis de maman sont entrés. Ils étaient en tout une dizaine, et ils glissaient en silence dans cette lumière aveuglante. Ils se sont assis sans qu'aucune chaise grinçât. Je les voyais comme je n'ai jamais vu personne et pas un détail de leurs visages ou de leurs habits ne m'échappait. Pourtant je ne les entendais pas et j'avais peine à croire à leur réalité.''

2) ''À travers les lignes de cyprès qui menaient aux collines près du ciel, cette terre rousse et verte, ces maisons rares et bien dessinées, je comprenais maman. Le soir, dans ce pays, devait être …

Review of 'The Outsider' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Meursault, the outsider, is a character lacking passion, who lives his life by a doctrine of rational thinking and something close to ennui. It is extremely hard to fault this story - each chapter throws up a powerful visual memory, and the characters that surround Meursault are painted through his cogent perceptions of them. This is a wonderful book that leaves a lasting impression.

Review of 'The Stranger' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Instantly captivating story. Very easy to read, although that may be partially because I enjoy shorter books! I can definitely relate to Meursault and the way he reacts to people and how he thinks about things. Coincidentally the second 1940s novel I've read this summer; enjoyed it much more than Sheltering Sky, although both seem to reflect the existential makeup of the WWII era.

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