Saturday, November 4, 2023

Review of The Guest 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?

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Is This An Overview?

Daru is a schoolteacher who would prefer not to take sides in a conflict.  A prisoner is brought to Daru with orders that Daru must transport the prisoner.  But participating in turning in the prisoner would mean taking a side.  While the prisoner is a guest of Daru, the prisoner has many opportunities to escape.  Which Daru would welcome.  But the prisoner does not escape.  Any choice Daru makes about the prisoner, has ramifications about what community Daru will be a part of and what community will be a threat.  Daru is with the communities, but feels exiled from the communities.  Maybe there is a way that Daru can find to keep neutrality.  What should Daru 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 Daru?
•What is the situation in the region?
•Who is Balducci?
•Why does Balducci bring the prisoner to Daru?
•What must Dary do with the prisoner?
•What did the prisoner do to become a prisoner?
•Can the prisoner escape? 
•Should Daru transport the prisoner? 

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:          20
Publication:             2007
1st Edition:              1957
Format:                    Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          3
Overall          4