Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Review of The Stranger by Albert Camus

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel

Elaborate Description

The protagonist is very passive. Passive but very honest. Due to his passiveness, he loses the ability to speak for himself. The book serves the purpose of speaking on his behalf. What the protagonist thought of doing and the reasons behind what did happen. From irritations to misunderstandings.

The story is split between 2 major events, the death of his mother and shortly after, his crime of murder. The protagonist deals with his mother’s death in acceptance, that people die. During the trial, it seemed very important that he did not cry at his mothers’ funeral as that led the prosecutor to claim an understanding of the reason why the protagonist committed the murder. Most of the trial actually seems like a sham, besides the sequence of events leading to an imaginary pattern. In the protagonist statement to the police, he must have told them about the victim’s knife, while no claim to self-defense was made.

The title is a bit misleading. The protagonist is not really a stranger to people, he has friends who he cares for and care for him. What makes the protagonist a stranger, is how everyone in the court process seems to know what is going on while he does not.

A well written book which forces the reader to see and understand events from other people’s vantage. Pointing out the obvious, only becoming obvious after the protagonist points it out, annoys pretty much everyone. Honestly and humility are no defense to events.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780307827661
Pages to read:   90
Publication:     2012
1st Edition:      1946
Format:            eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          2
Overall           3