‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus – Mini Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

Meursault will not pretend.

After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in Algiers, society is baffled. Why would this seemingly law-abiding bachelor do such a thing? And why does he show no remorse even when it could save his life? His refusal to satisfy the feelings of others only increases his guilt in the eyes of the law.

Soon Meursault discovers that he is being tried not simply for his crime, but for his lack of emotion – a reaction that condemns him for being an outsider.

For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus it encapsulates the absurdity of life.

My Review

“je m’ouvrais pour la première fois à la tendre indifférence du monde”

“I opened myself for the first time to the tender indifference of the world”

A seminal piece of literature that deserves every adulation it has ever received. I have never read such an exquisitely painful book about the human condition. Any words that I could offer you in an attempt to review this would simply be meaningless. This is a book that needs to… No. It demands to be read.

five stars

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