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  • Published: New York : Vintage International, 1989.
  • Year Published: 1989
  • Description: 123 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 880

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  • 0679720200
  • 9780679720201

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The stranger

by Camus, Albert, 1913-1960.

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Call number: Fiction / Camus, Albert

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Traverwood Adult

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Translation of: L'├ętranger.

A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. In the story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus was exploring what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd". Now in a new American translation, the classic has been given new life for generations to come.

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Good for reflection

Since it was originally written in French, inevitably I feel like some things were lost in translation. However, Camus's tightly written story still shines. A lot of the book's charm comes from its deceivingly simple narrative.

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