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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Title: The Stranger
Author: Albert Camus
ISBN: 0679720200
Publisher: Vintage International

"Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's first novel, The Stranger, has had a profound impact on millions American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed 'the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.'"


I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. As a rule, I'm not a huge classic book fan. There's something about the way this one was written that really gives you a look into this guys life - and you're able to see yourself in his descriptions.

There are times that the story is a bit ambiguous, but I can see why so many classes read this book in high school. It's really good for critical thinking and questioning things about life. Perhaps it's a bit heavy - as it doesn't exactly end on a high note - but it's an interesting perspective on life that just makes you think.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good classic to read. I would give them a caution that it's a pretty heavy story... but it's still very interesting.
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