Friday, November 3, 2023

Review of The Voiceless 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?

Yvars must work hard for there are those who depend on Yvars.  But the barrel making business is going through economic trouble.  Yvars considers changing professions, but does not want to give up on a mastered profession.  The employees, which include Yvars, at the barrel making business go on strike.  But the strike fails.  They must go back to work, without any changes to the employee’s economic situation.  But change does happen.  They lose their dignity.  The employees have worked at the business for a long time, and the employer is considered decent.  The employer wants friendly interactions, to reconcile, but reconciliation is not forthcoming.  How will Yvars resolve the conflicts?

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 Yvars?
•What does Yvars do?
•Can Yvars change professions?
•What happens where Yvars works?
•How does work place interactions change after the strike?
•Who depends on Yvars?

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:          18
Publication:             2007
1st Edition:              1957
Format:                    Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          3
Overall          3