The Stranger by Albert Camus

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Albert Camus, November 2nd 2013,  the BBC’s World Book Club and a panel of experts discuss The Stranger.

I posted a review of The Stranger on Amazon.com earlier this year, and was contacted by the BBC via email and asked to pose a question to the experts regarding The Stranger.

As I read the book, I wondered, what with our need to “label” people in today’s society, if the protagonist of Camus’ The Stranger would have been labelled with some form of autism.

Page, Stage and Screen

The StrangerMy wonderful writing teacher, Regina K, often mentions Camus when she refers to great writers. I had to be very honest with Regina and tell her that I had never read anything by this writer.

This past week I read The Stranger, and it was a powerful book. Don’t be fooled by the simplistic language, I believe a lot of the melodic beauty of the original French version is lost in the English translation, but it is still a beautifully written book.

The protagonist, Meursault, lives in Algiers, France. He is a man who seems detached from life, going through the motions as if in a fuge. He possesses an intrinsic intellect that gives him a unique perspective on life; at the end of our days, whether or not we did something has little impact on the great scheme of things.

Though Mersault is typical of any son, friend or…

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