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Book Review: The Stranger

Published: April 24, 2021
Last Updated: April 25, 2021

I think I liked The Stranger. I mean it’s kind of interesting, and it made me think at the end, but if you ask me why it’s called ‘The Stranger’ I won’t have a good answer.

Is society supposed to be the stranger? At least until the end of the book?

It’s short, and it’s a fast read, and it’s definitely written well. It’s barely over 100 pages, and since Camus is a Nobel Prize winner I guess by default that means it’s better than good. Supposedly it’s a fictional account of absurdism. Having read The Myth of Sisyphus, also by Camus, I can see how this makes sense.

Pushed I would say that I did like the book on it’s own, regardless of it being a fictional account of absurdism and demonstrating some philosophy.

Would I recommend this book to a friend? I think so. It’s short enough to read in a day or two, and despite my mixed feelings towards the book, it is regarded as a fine work of literature.

There were spots in the book where I laughed, and a few other spots where I just read along, watching the main character, Meursault, live through the events of the book. From the beginning it felt to me like Meursault never had a chance. Of course it’s debatable whether or not he deserves his fate, but it is somewhat fun watching it be meted out in the end.

The book ultimately calls for reflection, but thinking about it beyond whether it was simply good or not would be something out of place for a simple book review.

Overall it was good and I don’t regret reading it. It’s short and if you read it you’ll know who Salamano is and why occasionally people talk about his dog.

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