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L'Étranger [Mass Market Paperback]

ALBERT CAMUS
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Aug. 24 1999 2070360024 978-2070360024 New edition
"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..."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Existentialism Doesn't Need A Name Jan. 1 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 born decades later.
The Mersault of this novel is not the ponderous but very clever eejit of the earlier version, A Happy Death. Mersault this time is a clipped, direct, yin-yang mofo who knows the difference between what sucks and what rocks, until of course that fateful hot-knife escapade on the beachIf you want to read this in French, do so even if you think your comprehension level is less than expert. It's poetry. It will get you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars meilleur livre de Camus June 28 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful April 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 J'adore Camus! June 29 2000
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This book was great. I had to read it for a French class and was warned that it was quite depressing. I found it depressing in some areas, but Camus has a style of writing that made me want to keep going. Meursault is not the typical hero of a book because of his seeming lack of compassion, but because of that he made the book interesting. This book, as well as La Peste, made me want to read more of Camus' works
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Line July 2 1998
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I read this book in High School, in my French AP class. Our class was so enthralled by it that we decided to act it out. The fact that Camus could see into the hypocrisy of his generation...a hypocrisy that still surrounds us...it touches. The symbolism that is in every page...every situation. If only Camus could see that this book has even inspired a very popular POP SONG...KILLING AN ARAB by THE CURE.
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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
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Quel roman savoureux. Du passé simple, j'en prendrais volontier. Un incontournable.
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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars L'étranger May 5 2014
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Bien écrit. L'histoire est bizarre, surtout le personnage principal est vraiment particulier. Je ne m'attendais pas à ça. A lire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Très bon!
Published 1 month ago by Sara Jade
3.0 out of 5 stars Bien écrit... mais
Bien écrit, mais une histoire au rythme lent sans intrigue.
Published 1 month ago by Marc Lemay
4.0 out of 5 stars la raison d être
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
Published 6 months ago by Odile
5.0 out of 5 stars Un être déconnecté de la réalité
Albert Camus écrit d'une façon si personnelle, dans un français parfait. Une étude de moeurs qui est particullièrement "étrange". Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maroma
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 13 months ago by Rodgers Johanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Une lecture agréable
J'ai trouvé ce roman facile à lire, mème pour une anglophone bilingue. Camus a écrit une histoire intemporelle qui souligne l'indifférence... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stefanie Payne
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 18 months ago by HLF009
5.0 out of 5 stars "Playing the game"
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2010 by Friederike Knabe
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"
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