Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Review of The Adulterous Wife 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)

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Is This An Overview?

Janine and Janine’s husband Marcel are traveling to sell Marcel’s fabrics directly to a community.  A story told from the perspective of Janine.  During their travel, Janine reflects on what has become of Janine’s life.  Although Janine was resistant to the trip, Janine’s values become manifest based on what Janine sees.  Janine’s and Marcel’s wants have become to diverge, with Janine wanting a more traditional life.  Janine and Marcel have different ancestry as Janine is Arabic while Marcel’s predecessors came from France, which can cause some of Marcel’s remarks to create a conflict between who Janine is and willing to be with Marcel.  Janine makes choices that test Janine’s faith.  How will Janine reconcile Janine’s roots and Marcel?  

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?
•Where are Janine and Marcel going?
•Why is Janine referenced as an ‘Adulterous Wife’ in the title?
•Is there love between Janine and Marcel?
•What are Janine and Marcel differences?
•What does Janine want?
•How is Janine’s faith tested? 
•Does Janine reconcile Janine’s roots with Marcel? 

Book Details
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:          24
Publication:             2007
1st Edition:              1957
Format:                    Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          2
Overall          3