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.
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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