The Stranger

Albert Camus
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Nov 7, 2014

I thought this was a lovely book.  Clean and thoughtful.

Full disclosure: I've spent time as an existentialist (Camus said he was not existentialist, but others claim he was) and a nihilist and an absurdist. That's part of the reason I found this book neither shocking nor depressing. The whole middle of the book involves prison and a "why bother" attitude.  Instead, the modernist prose was a fresh breath after the musty classics and period fiction I've been reading recently, and the solitude was a relaxing diversion from my busy and loud life.

The Stranger reminded me of Saul Bellow and Raymond Chandler. I love Raymond Chandler.  I hope to read this tiny book again one day and see how it strikes me a second time.

Reviewed by Julie T.
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