The Stranger


What can I say about The Stranger that hasn't already been said? Known also as The Outsider, written by Albert Camus, published in French in 1942, and profound within its simplicity, this classic of literature shouldn't be passed over. I read the Stuart Gilbert translation and, for its extraordinarily smooth prose, found it hard to believe the novel wasn't originally written in English. For a roughly hundred-page book, it's remarkable how much Camus managed to pack into this first-person narrative. And considering alienation is its main theme, I regretted not having read it in my late teens or 20s, when I'm sure it would have made a different sort of powerful impact. Now looking forward to reading his other work.

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