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Set in Camus’ native Algeria, this story centers around Meursault. The young French-Algerian leads an apparently unremarkable bachelor life until his involvement in a violent incident calls into question the fundamental values of society.
Hmph. This classic is an epic fail for me.
I don’t like how Meursault thinks, much less act. It’s like everything for him is happening to someone else, and he is but a mere spectator. There were bits and pieces of philosophy that caught my attention, but Meursault is such a loser in his pathetic life.
The Stranger is less than 200 pages, and yet it got annoying after each turn of the page. I cannot find myself sympathizing with the miserable situation Meursault found himself in, because he has no regard with whatever happens to him.. until he faced his mortality as it draws near.
That one thing I remotely liked? The story about the Czech (?) and his mother/sister. Other than that, good riddance.
Stranger started out good, but ended up sucking IMO.
THE STRANGER by Albert Camus
Paperback, 123 pages
Published March 13th 1989 by Vintage International