Thursday, November 2, 2023

Review of The Renegade, or A Confused Mind 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?

This story is told from the thoughts of the narrator, whose tongue had been cut out due to a betrayal.  Written in a manner to indicate that something is wrong with the narrator.  Something wrong with how the narrator thinks.  The narrator wants vengeance, and recounts what the vengeance was for and how a situation enabled the narrator to take vengeance.  The narrator’s loyalty is constantly being tested, and the narrator betrays.  The narrator was a missionary, who had been turned through torture.  Wanting vengeance against those associated with prior beliefs.  But taking vengeance requires another betrayal.  Who will the narrator betray?

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 the narrator?
•Where does the narrator’s missionary work lead the narrator?
•How does the narrator interact with those in Taghaza? 
•Why does the narrator want vengeance and against whom?
•How does the narrator’s loyalty changes?
•Who does the narrator betray? 

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:          22
Publication:             2007
1st Edition:              1957
Format:                    Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    3
Content          2
Overall          2