The Outsider

The Outsider (English, Paperback, Camus Albert)

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The Outsider  (English, Paperback, Camus Albert)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780141198064, 0141198060
    • Edition: 2014
    • Pages: 128
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    'My mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know.' In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others. And when he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse compounds his guilt in the eyes of society and the law. Yet he is as much a victim as a criminal. Albert Camus' portrayal of a man confronting the absurd, and revolting against the injustice of society, depicts the paradox of man's joy in life when faced with the 'tender indifference' of the world. Sandra Smith's translation, based on close listening to a recording of Camus reading his work aloud on French radio in 1954, sensitively renders the subtleties and dream-like atmosphere of L'Etranger. Albert Camus (1913-1960), French novelist, essayist and playwright, is one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His most famous works include The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Plague (1947), The Just (1949), The Rebel (1951) and The Fall (1956). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, and his last novel, The First Man, unfinished at the time of his death, appeared in print for the first time in 1994, and was published in English soon after by Hamish Hamilton. Sandra Smith was born and raised in New York City and is a Fellow of Robinson College, University of Cambridge, where she teaches French Literature and Language. She has won the French American Foundation Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize, as well as the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize.
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    • Penguin Classics
    Publication Year
    • 2014
    Dimensions
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    • 7 mm
    Height
    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Weight
    • 100 gr
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    5

    Does life has any meaning ?

    This book is a very short read(around 100 pages), but it raises some profound questions. It introduces to you a philosophy called "Existentialism". Though Existentialism is much more than what the novel introduces, it's nevertheless a good starting point.

    There are two parts in this novella;the protagonist lives his life without giving it much of a thought in the first part, but immerses himself into deep contemplation in the second part(after he is arrested).

    This quote in the opening lin...
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    Vinoth Kumar

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    A book that will leave you thinking hard

    "My mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know". There hasn't been a shorter and simpler statement that has better described the protagonist of any book that I have read. A dislocation from shock to indifference is gradual yet perceivable. Mersault is the real-life simplistic idealism with a hint of reality; a man who abides to die for the truth, the only God we deserve. This book exposes the farce of extreme philosophy that visits us during melancholy, often obscuring our perception...
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    Sarthak Pranit

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    Le Monde's Best Book of the 20th Century

    This book was selected as the best book of the 20th Century in a poll by Le Monde, a French newspaper. See wikipedia for details.

    It is a very simple, small story which can be read at one go. Though it is considered to be a highly philosophical work, the story is very straight-forward and simple, without a single complication.

    Once you read the story, you will be shaken. It is about the absurdity and futility of human life. It questions your convictions. An average religious Indian may not ...
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    Sunish Mathew P

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    Excellent

    Simple yet with an immense depth.

    "I didn't understand how the natural qualities of a man could be turned into overwhelming proof of his guilt."
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    Thought provoking..

    I've just finished reading this book. Its one of my personal favorite now..
    It changed the way i though.. about the philosophy of life. The Protagonist of the story doesn't seems like an outsider to me.
    As Camus said 'he is not a reject, but a poor and naked man,in love with a sun which leaves no shadow '.
    He lives neither in his past nor in his future but he lives in the present and that's the philosophy.
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    Midhun mohan

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    Does the job

    'The Outsider' is one of the best books by Albert Camus which narrates the life of a detached and an emotionless person- Meursault.
    A worth to read book and I was able to read the book completely in a single stretch.
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    Arpita

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    Nice

    really disappointed as the book reached to me with out plastic covered and also the cover page is very thin as well as all pages..
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    5

    An eccentric work

    The protagonist of the book, Merausult (i hope that the spelling is right) is a person who shows little emotions and is a man of less words.
    This book portrays the absurdity of life. It belongs to the class of philosophy called "Existentialism". If you are not familiar with the philosophy, do read about it in brief before reading the book. Wikipedia is a great source.
    Now to the story, everything was going on regularly in merausult life until he murdered some Arab guy. Out of nowhere this c...
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    Surya Bhanu Katiyar

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    A philosophical read on absurdism and determinism.

    This is one of the best book i have ever read.During initial reading the reader may feel what a drama is going on but later onwards curiosity arises and ultimately when the reading completed,the reader stood shaken. Mind blowing novel which compels the readers thinking upon absurdism.You will stop for a moments on punchlines like-"Anyway it was an idea of mother's and she often used to repeat it ,that you ended up getting used to everything". A must read novel,once you read this one you will...
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    AJIT PAL SINGH DAIA

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    May, 2012

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    outsider effests your inside

    The most famous novel by Albert Camus.After read it, a lots of self-contradicting questions comes in mind. a anti-structured
    ideas...but this can also be possible...nothing wierd...a change of aspect means a lot.
    if you a intense reader and cllasics lover then you will find a new taste.
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    Arunabha saha

    Jan, 2012

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