Monday, November 6, 2023

Review of The Growing Stone 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?

D’Arrast is a French engineer in Brazil for a project, which would prevent flooding and provide the poor community with jobs.  For what the d’Arrast is going to do for the community, d’Arrast is received with gratitude and appreciation by the elite.  But d’Arrast is uncomfortable being deferred to.  While d’Arrast visits the locals, d’Arrast becomes immersed in the community.  Finding belonging with them.  D’Arrast meets a cook who during a life-threatening situation made a promise that should the cook survive, the cook would carry a heavy stone.  The night before the cook needed to carry the stone, there was a celebration.  The cook wanted d’Arrast to come to the celebration, in part to make sure the cook left early.  Otherwise the cook would not be able to carry out the promise.  But at the celebration, the cook did not want to leave.  This made carrying the stone a further struggle for the cook, who could not finish carrying the stone to its destination.  D’Arrast seeks to help the cook.  But, the cook belongs to a different community than those who have been deferring to d’Arrast.  What should d’Arrast do?

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?
•Who is d’Arrast? 
•Why did d’Arrast come to Brazil?
•How is d’Arrast treated?
•What happens to the chief of police? 
•Who is Socrates?
•What miracle is taking place in the grotto that people celebrate as a holiday? 
•Who is the cook? 
•What promise did the cook make?
•Why did the cook want d’Arrast to come to the celebration? 
•What happened at the celebration?
•What happens when the cook carries the stone? 

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:          42
Publication:             2007
1st Edition:              1957
Format:                    Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          3
Overall          3