Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Stranger by Albert Camus ****

Since I didn't have any library books and murder seemed to be in the news, I took The Stranger by Albert Camus off the shelf and read it for the first time since college. Meursault, the protagonist who was conceived during the Nazi occupation of France, is sadly contemporary with his casual murder of a nameless Arab ... perhaps in self-defense ... perhaps there was a knife ... but in the end Mearsault didn't think much of the entire incident. In fact, it seems that the entire justice system thought little of the Arab's murder. In the end, Meursault was convicted, but mostly because he didn't cry at his mother's funeral and didn't profess a belief in God.

Surprisingly current and sad, I don't recommend reading it when alone.

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