The OutsiderBook - 1946
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ChristchurchLib Nov 06, 2016
The Outsider (sometimes known as 'The Stranger') is a thought provoking classic of justice, society, and individualism. Camus tells the story of Meursault, a young Frenchmen who must come to terms with his crime, with a matter-of-fact style that enhances the depth of its content.
ChristchurchLib Jun 05, 2019
‘The Outsider’, sometimes known as 'The Stranger', is a thought-provoking classic which covers themes of justice, society, and individualism. With a matter-of-fact style that enhances the depth of its mere 126 pages, this novella tells the story of Meursault, a young Frenchmen who must come to t... Read More »
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Throughout the whole absurd life I’d lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me… What did other people’s death’s or a mother’s love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me…What would it matter if he were accused of murder and then executed because he didn’t cry at his mother’s funeral? Salamano’s dog was worth just as much as his wife.
As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.
"I would have liked to have tried explaining to him cordially, almost affectionately, that I had never been able to truly feel remorse for anything."
"Then he asked me if I wasn't interested in a change of life. I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn't dissatisfied with mine here at all."
"Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure."
"As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself — so like a brother, really — I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate."
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This novel is also called "The Stranger", depending on who the translator is. It tells the story of a man named Meursault, who kills a man in cold blood shortly after his mother's death. This is an existentialist novel, and focuses on the absurd aspects of Meursault's life and trial.