i would, this books makes the reader think and question, to relate or to conjugate
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.
Forty years ago I read S. Gilbert’s translation. Overtime, the story faded. Listening to M. Ward’s translation revived the story but has made it clear why the story was lost in memory. I am pleased to be of such simple dust so that I may find little merit in why so much of the reading population has found this story of interest. If I were to explain myself it would be the story is not really a very compelling expression of existentialism as it is of the cultic psychology engaged in by all those psychology majors over the last fifty years. As with the first reading, if I were not a disciplined reader I would have closed the book after the first chapter. The old copy on my book shelf is now in the trash. Sometimes it is pleasant to be dumber than all the intellectuals.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Not the least odd thing about this book is that it came out in 1942 when you would have thought intellectual daydreams would have been put aside in the interests of surviving WWII. I'm not sure this should be classified as literature or a novel. Properly speaking, it's more of a thought experiment with the interpretation left entirely to the reader. I suppose fleshing out characters and providing background information would detract from the universality or genericness Camus was trying to create. As it is, it's up to the reader to fill in details that either make the actions of the book justifiable or not. Probably it helps to be steeped in the philosophical debates of the mid-20th century, but people keep reading and discussing this book regardless of their familiarity with that era. It would be easy enough to dismiss the protagonist as just another dissociated sociopath. That people continue to read this and think about it implies that it's more complex than that. That I'm even bothering to write this much implies that I must think there's more to it than that, but I can't say what.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
Not without merit but very overrated. I wouldnt waste a credit on it but if you can pick it up in a $4.95 sale its worth it.
This is an extremely interesting piece of writting. Do not confuse the cold distant narrative of this book with hackneyed writting. Rather it is a sketch of a modern man with no real values, god, or sense of place. Even justice seems to be a ripe target for the protaganist. A great introduction to existentialism but it is rather cold (which I guess is the point).
An enjoyable book, but at times frustrating, hoping the main character would react differently, or just react for that matter, to situations.
I have yet to be able to even listen to this book, there is NO help pages on this site whatsoever. what is going on here? I just want to hear it!
After reading "The Stranger" I had to wash my brain out with 135 pages of Harry Potter.
Maybe it's because I don't come from a private-school-literary-skulduggery club that debated the sub-sub-texts of dead authors' words. Or maybe the emperor has no words.
It's a quick listen and plainly written but nothing about it makes me keen to read Camus' other book about dead Algerian rats piling up in the streets.
One might consider this a book for young adults, but it is extremely dark and includes cavalier violence against women and a pointless murder. It definitely isn't for "kids." I'd recommend that any child or young adult reading it have an adult or mature and thoughtful person with whom to discuss some of the issues it raises. While it is a literary classic, I'm giving it a lower rating here than I would on the regular Audible site for adults.