Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Review of Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus

This book review was written by Eugene Kernes   

Book can be found in: 
Genre = Novel
Book Club Event = Book List (06/15/2024)
Intriguing Connections = 1) To Cooperate Or To Defect?, 2) Relationships, Right?

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Is This An Overview?

A collection of short stories about choices that need to be made.  Each story reflects the complexity of values and identities.  Choices that challenge the values of the character.  Challenge the character’s loyalty and belonging.  Choices that are about change.  Each choice is bound in conflict, a personal dilemma that effects who the person is, wants to become, or has no choice but to be.  In each story, the character is both part of and exiled from the people or places they love.  Their interactions indicate their struggle to reconcile the opposing demands on who they are.  The characters come from different backgrounds, have different lives, and share their different experiences.  The stories are a reflection of the author’s political values, given rise due to people’s conditions. 



The writing quality of the stories is mixed.  The stories are short, therefore have limited details.  But, what the stories have is depth of meaning.  The stories raise valuable questions about values.

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?  Why do people read this book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest this book?
•What effect do authors have on their readers? 
•What inspired these stories?
•What are the themes of the stories?
•What choices are presented to the characters?
•What backgrounds do the characters come from?
•How are the characters challenged? 

Book Details
Forward by:           Orhan Pamuk
Forward translated by: Maureen Freely
Introduction by:      Carol Cosman
Translator:              Carol Cosman
Original Language: French
Translated Into:       English
Edition:                   First Vintage International Edition
Publisher:               Vintage Books [Random House]
Edition ISBN:         9780307278586
Pages to read:          180
Publication:             2007
1st Edition:              1957
Format:                    Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          3
Overall          3