Monday, July 4, 2011

The Stranger (L'Etranger)

The Stranger (L'Etranger)
By Albert Camus
Translated by Matthew Ward

Yes, yes. Albert Camus is one of the most important 20th-century French writers and a Nobel Prize winning novelist.

Yes, yes. The Stranger is an exquisitely philosophical novel exploring the themes of colonialism, existentialism and nihilism.

Nihilism? Fuck me. I mean, say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, but at least it's an ethos!

Yes, yes. Meursault is a champion of free will and a brave literary figure who personifies the meaninglessness of life.

Yes, yes. It's a great read.

All this is true and then some. The Stranger is a really good book on many levels. But the only thing I could think of while reading this novel was: "Well, now I know where The Cure got the title of the song Killing an Arab."

Am I wrong or am I just an asshole?


Chiba Chiba Y'all said...

This book was my pink floyd, darkside of the moon experience in literarure... aka my "I didn't know you were allowed to make art like this". I read it less as meaningless and more as a french take on england's policy of splendid isolation. It can't be that nihilistic when the lead gets pleasure from a little bit of sun, n'est pas?

Ryan said...

I had the same exact epiphany when I read Catch-22. I love it when a book catches you with your pants down.

Chiba Chiba Y'all said...

Someone stole my catch 22 and i actually felt a little bit happy for them. Thank god they took a good book.

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