No. I''m just not sure any of my friends would enjoy it.
I know it is a specific style, but it just didn't work for me.
Can't say there was a favorite character.
This is the only book I have on Audible that I have listened to multiple times. The narrator is brilliant and brings the vivid writing to life with subtle intonation and humor. A combination of absolute hilarity and existential wondering. The most nuanced performance of a book I have ever listened to.
Interactions between Meursault and Marie are downright hilarious: "... and besides, she had asked *me* to marry *her*, and all I had done was say 'yes.'"
Meursault comes to life in incredible fashion.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
"Here we have a reflection of this entire trial," declares an exasperated lawyer in Camus's classic existentialist novel, "everything is true and nothing is true". It might be a summarizing maxim for existentialism itself, the idea that the meaning of the world resides in subjective individual human experience and interpretation, a space mostly impenetrable to others.
In this short novel, a young Frenchman named Meursault lives his life in 1930s Algeria. He attends the funeral of his mother, who has just died in a convalescence home, carries out the duties of his office job, has a sexual affair, and observes the lives of his neighbors. However, Meursault is not a sentimental, passionate, or religious person, and feels no pressure to conform to social norms or pretend to have emotions other than those he does. He simply lives his life in the here and now, describing the world as he sees it with utter honesty. (Such a person might, in modern times, be diagnosed as having a personality disorder.)
When a brutish neighbor's relationship with a local Arab woman sours, Meursault doesn't object to writing a romantic letter on the neighbor's behalf, to help him lure the woman back. This gets the neighbor into trouble with the woman's brother. One thing leads to another, and Meursault, in a moment of disoriented irritation brought on by the sun in his face during a tense encounter with the Arab man, ends up shooting and killing him.
Quickly, he's arrested and put in jail to await trial. Over the course of his incarceration, it becomes clear that Meursault isn’t really on trial for depriving another person of life, but for failing to provide the socially acceptable emotional response to events in his life, for not saying the dishonest things that would probably cause the jury to show him mercy. I don’t know that much about the history of France and Algeria, but I get the sense that Algerians were very much second-class citizens at the time and that Camus was making a side point about the hypocrisy of French society.
It's a deceptively simple novel, but the ideas in it are profound ones. Should we disguise the truths of our inner experience, when they’re unpalatable to others, or is it the more courageous act to embrace them as the only truth that matters?
This was such an interesting story told from the point of view of the main character, a man who killed another person. He has an oddly uncomfortable personality, almost emotionless and matter-of-fact, and he speculates on what life is about or his own thoughts. It is quite difficult for me to relate to him, but the whole trial case for murder made me think about what it meant for a person to be moral or deserve a second chance.
Love a well told story (all genres) with a flavor of romance.
I like the translation (French to English); the story flows nicely, sensible and engrossing. I did some research on the author Albert Camus, and some reading about his philosophy known as absurdism before listening to the book. That helped me in appreciating the book better. A great short listen!
Well performed and well written...makes you think about life all anew. Which is the purpose I suppose, as an unexamined life may end up not unlike the one in this story.
Narrated accurately. Conveyed the essence of mersault's indifference. A barebones no nonsense depiction of man's struggle with conforming to society's expectations.
I picked this book up as an Audible daily deal and later read that this is a classic.
The main character is interesting with his coldness and insensitivity... it made me think, that he uncomplicates life a lot with this thinking. But I was also thinking, that somebody like this would be called a sociopath nowadays.
Still, I might not have gotten the pure core of it... since I can't see why this is a classic.