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L'Étranger [Mass Market Paperback]

ALBERT CAMUS
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Aug. 24 1999 2070360024 978-2070360024 New edition
Dans Folioplus Classiques, le texte intégral, enrichi d'une lecture d'image, écho pictural de l'œuvre, est suivi de sa mise en perpective organisée en six points : Mouvement littéraire -La littérature engagée ; le genre et le registre -" Un court roman de moraliste " ; l'écrivain à sa table de travail -Un classicisme " instinctif " ; le groupement de textes -Personnages insoumis ; la chronologie -Albert Camus et son temps ; la fiche -Des pistes pour rendre compte de sa lecture.
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Condamné à mort, Meursault. Sur une plage algérienne, il a tué un Arabe. À cause du soleil, dira-t-il, parce qu'il faisait chaud. On n'en tirera rien d'autre. Rien ne le fera plus réagir : ni l'annonce de sa condamnation, ni la mort de sa mère, ni les paroles du prêtre avant la fin. Comme si, sur cette plage, il avait soudain eu la révélation de l'universelle équivalence du tout et du rien. La conscience de n'être sur la terre qu'en sursis, d'une mort qui, quoi qu'il arrive, arrivera, sans espoir de salut. Et comment être autre chose qu'indifférent à tout après ça ?

Étranger sur la terre, étranger à lui-même, Meursault le bien nommé pose les questions qui deviendront un leitmotiv dans l'oeuvre de Camus. De La Peste à La Chute, mais aussi dans ses pièces et dans ses essais, celui qui allait devenir Prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 ne cessera de s'interroger sur le sens de l'existence. Sa mort violente en 1960 contribua quelque peu à rendre mythique ce maître à penser de toute une génération. --Karla Manuele

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Quand la sonnerie a encore retenti, que la porte du box s'est ouverte, c'est le silence de la salle qui est monté vers moi, le silence, et cette singulière sensation que j'ai eue lorsque j'ai constaté que le jeune journaliste avait détourné les yeux. Je n'ai pas regardé du côté de Marie. Je n'en ai pas eu le temps parce que le président m'a dit dans une forme bizarre que j'aurais la tête tranchée sur une place publique au nom du peuple français...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tout simplement exquis! May 11 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Quel roman savoureux. Du passé simple, j'en prendrais volontier. Un incontournable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars meilleur livre de Camus June 28 2003
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L'histoire est plutôt bien, pas trop ennuyante. Elle est très courte. On découvre l'absurdité de la vie à travers le personnage de Meursault. Le livre est beaucoup mieux que la peste.
C'est écrit simplement car Camus fait comme si c'était Meursault qui nous racontait l'histoire et celui-ci est plutôt simple.
Je conseille de le lire en français c'est mieux.
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4.0 out of 5 stars la raison d être Feb. 26 2014
By Odile
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ce qui m a plus est le style claire direct. Simple J aime son dialogue avec lui-même son existentialisme

J aime moins sa valeur d athée
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un être déconnecté de la réalité Nov. 9 2013
By Maroma TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Albert Camus écrit d'une façon si personnelle, dans un français parfait. Une étude de moeurs qui est particullièrement "étrange".
J'ai profondément aimé cette étude de la pensée humaine, pas toujours heureuse, mais si bien décrite.
Ce livre est un grand classique, que nous pourrions relire une fois aux dix ans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Une lecture agréable May 24 2013
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J'ai trouvé ce roman facile à lire, mème pour une anglophone bilingue. Camus a écrit une histoire intemporelle qui souligne l'indifférence humaine.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars decide for yourself May 23 2000
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The Stranger follows the "adventures" of Meaursault, a French-Algerian, as he tries to make his way through the Universe in a life he neither asked for, nor understands, but is doing his best to navigate. The action is muted and secondary to the motivations and thoughts of Meaursault and the revealing of Camus' philosophy.
If you haven't read anything else by Camus, you probably had to read The Stranger in high school. But now may be a good time to give it another chance. The novel falls into three parts, each marked by a death. Straightforward and simple, the novel presents its plot clearly enough, a good foil for the philosophy of the author. Camus said of this book that it portrayed "the nakedness of man when faced with the absurd" and every life is absurd. Meaursault is not what you would expect as the hero of a novel; he is just an everyday guy, perfect for the role, really, since his job is to reveal the author's version of the truths that are universal, not applicable only to a few. As an atheist, he has no preconceptions about his life or the direction it should take and is at the "mercy" of the world.
An Existentialist, Camus is not always a bundle of laughs to read, but always has interesting commentary to make about the world and the importance of accepting who you are and learning to deal with your true strengths and weaknesses. It isn't saying you should be this or that, but saying that you should just be. Don't concentrate on becoming some other person's version of success, because, after all, we're all just going to end up dead anyway. A kind of Existentialist carpe diem message for anyone who has ever felt like a stranger, and that's probably everyone. As Meaursault himself would say, "the truth shall set you free." It is a difficult read in some ways, but it will leave you changed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful April 30 2002
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I'm not quite to the end of the book yet, but so far I love it. It's the only book I've been required to read for class that I actually enjoy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Playing the game" Aug. 18 2010
By Friederike Knabe TOP 50 REVIEWER
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In his Introduction to the first American edition of THE STRANGER (1955), Albert Camus summarized his novel in one sentence: "In our society, anybody who does not cry at his mother's funeral, risks to be sentenced to death".*) After publication in 1942 in France, the novel achieved notoriety and a kind of cult status for several generations of Camus readers, and was inspiration for philosophers and writers. Re-reading the novel now, forty years since first delving into Camus' writing, I find it as deeply affecting and thought provoking as then. With the hindsight of close to seventy years since it was written, THE STRANGER is not only a self-portrait of an "outsider", who appears to be drifting through life without aim or emotional depth. It is also a harsh critique of a society, reflected in the justice system, that is rigid and controlling and, by extension, overly judgemental towards anybody who is not "playing the game" or respecting "the mechanisms of society". Finally, it is also important to keep in mind that the novel was conceived during the devastating war in which Camus, although not in military service, was a politically highly active participant.

The novel opens with "Today, Maman is dead. Or maybe she died yesterday, I don't know". Meursault, the son and narrator of the story, travels to the nursing home for his mother's wake and funeral the next day. In short, simple sentences he describes the bare facts, the people he meets. Feelings? None, apparently. He doesn't even recall his mother's age. He returns home, meets a former colleague of his and embarks on an affair with her. Life returns to its habitual banality until he is approached by a neighbour for assistance with writing a letter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars L'étranger
Ce roman est intéressant. J'aime moins cette facon d'écrire... on voit bien l'évolution de l'écriture :)

Je ne suis pas sure de vous le... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rodgers Johanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Un chef d'oeuvre
Le grand talent de Camus. Fluide et naturel malgre la complexite de la situation. Sublime simplicite qui rend le texte grandiose.
Published 13 months ago by Claude Chriqui
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-possession or Anomie?
I read this masterpiece in French, but would not insult the crystalline clarity of Camus' prose by attempting a review in the same tongue. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2010 by Roger Brunyate
5.0 out of 5 stars Camus
You either love it or hate it. The only way to read it is in French. The last sentence blew me away.
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by "crowzfoot"
2.0 out of 5 stars I hated it..
I found this novel quite pointless. It is about a quite ordinary but heartless man named Monsieur Meursault whose mother dies. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Cheryl Hollingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Existentialism Doesn't Need A Name
First of all,can I tell you this is my all-time favourite novel. Camus died ten years before I was born but reads a hundred years more modern than many writers I've read who were... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Its better in french
If you speak or read french, read it in french. Its much better that way. Otherwise, the book itself is amazing.
Published on June 6 2002 by Richard Dosik
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