borndirty

Go Back   Dirty Forums > bound.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-26-2005, 06:08 AM
Caprice Caprice is offline
pants
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 420
Default Albert Camus - The Stranger

I read this book in 3 and a half hours.
it started out decently well and then......


overall i did not enjoy the book.


and you! did you care to read it?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-26-2005, 08:54 AM
//\/\/ //\/\/ is offline
slogging it out
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: east of everything
Posts: 1,905
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

i've not read it since i was 15, when it was on my french exam reading list. it wasn't very easy to really grasp with only basic french, i have to say - and not really understanding the subtle nuances of french/algerian society in the 1950's didn't make it any easier!

small fact - camus used to be a goalkeeper!
__________________
uw0761
nutts2020
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-26-2005, 10:31 AM
winjer winjer is offline
mouseman
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 69
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

One of my all time favorite pieces of literature. What about it didn't you like?!?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-26-2005, 09:25 PM
joethelion joethelion is offline
needing Diet Mountain Dew
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,865
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

wow - this is really weird

A friend of mine, the other day "urged" me to read this book, b/c she noticed Jake Gilenhal (sp?) reading it in "Jarhead" - and she had forgotten about this book. She bought a spare copy and immediately gave it to me

I read it pretty much in one sitting (airport layover)

I loved the book, although - I feel like I need to reread the ending part where he's yelling at the priest. It was funny, though how most of the arguments my g/f and I have are basically that I can tend to act overly non-chalant, like the main character is during the first half of the novel (like saying he didn't love his g/f, etcv etc)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-27-2005, 10:21 PM
*_* *_* is offline
Hommeestunepassioninutile
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Huntingdon, England
Posts: 170
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

unless you have a pretty solid understanding of Camus' 'The Myth of Sisyphus', as well as absurdism and existentialism (think Jean-Paul Sartre), The Stranger' prolly seems pointless.

ultimately the story is a kind of existential allegory. it's up to man to choose the meaning of his existence. he's entirely responsible for his facticty, and can make no excuses for his actions.

that sort of stuff.

along with 'The Myth of Sisyphus' this book's a good primer for Camus' canon.


__________________
[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen]my beat crusades, crusades for truth and justice[/COLOR]
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-29-2005, 02:09 AM
Strangelet Strangelet is offline
rico suave
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: lost in a romance
Posts: 815
Talking Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

Quote:
Originally Posted by *_*
unless you have a pretty solid understanding of Camus' 'The Myth of Sisyphus', as well as absurdism and existentialism (think Jean-Paul Sartre), The Stranger' prolly seems pointless.

ultimately the story is a kind of existential allegory. it's up to man to choose the meaning of his existence. he's entirely responsible for his facticty, and can make no excuses for his actions.

that sort of stuff.

along with 'The Myth of Sisyphus' this book's a good primer for Camus' canon.



You enjoyed that didn't you?

While all of that is true, my level of appreciating the book is more simple and immediate. For me the book is more visceral and sensory. asking questions about how meaningful, how rich and deep any sensory experience can take our existence by the hand and walk into a sense of life meaning.

I enjoyed saying that too
__________________
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

- Mark Twain

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-30-2005, 04:45 AM
*_* *_* is offline
Hommeestunepassioninutile
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Huntingdon, England
Posts: 170
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

Quote:
Originally Posted by Strangelet
You enjoyed that didn't you?

While all of that is true, my level of appreciating the book is more simple and immediate. For me the book is more visceral and sensory. asking questions about how meaningful, how rich and deep any sensory experience can take our existence by the hand and walk into a sense of life meaning.

I enjoyed saying that too
actually i was pretty bored with/while typing that out.

nothing i said really indicated to any degree my own appreciation of the book. i just thought that pointing out a few of it's "academic" qualities might help a few here grasp what Camus set out to "do" with the story.

and that's awesome you enjoyed it. i quite like the little book as well, but 'The Myth of Sisyphus' is better IMO.

i'm a psychology/philosophy double major, so Camus, absurdism, etc. is rudimentary fare. (i quite enjoyed typing that out).

__________________
[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen]my beat crusades, crusades for truth and justice[/COLOR]
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-30-2005, 07:02 PM
mmm skyscraper mmm skyscraper is offline
fac123
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Balamory
Posts: 926
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

Listen to 'Killing An Arab' by The Cure.
__________________
we're all going to eurodisney
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-03-2006, 12:37 PM
Strangelet Strangelet is offline
rico suave
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: lost in a romance
Posts: 815
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

Quote:
Originally Posted by *_*
actually i was pretty bored with/while typing that out.

nothing i said really indicated to any degree my own appreciation of the book. i just thought that pointing out a few of it's "academic" qualities might help a few here grasp what Camus set out to "do" with the story.

and that's awesome you enjoyed it. i quite like the little book as well, but 'The Myth of Sisyphus' is better IMO.

i'm a psychology/philosophy double major, so Camus, absurdism, etc. is rudimentary fare. (i quite enjoyed typing that out).

Anyway I think all you said was true, but IMHO, camus' books don't need to be littered with foot notes to existentialist essays. (That would be more like Sartre.) I think they are more complete in themselves. Which is good news for those who don't want absurdism to be a rudimentary musing. Which is to say it shouldn't seem pointless, but hey there's always room for taste.

More immediate books might be the plague or the fall. check them out if the stranger didn't catch ya
__________________
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

- Mark Twain


Last edited by Strangelet; 01-03-2006 at 12:42 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-03-2006, 12:41 PM
Strangelet Strangelet is offline
rico suave
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: lost in a romance
Posts: 815
Default Re: Albert Camus - The Stranger

Quote:
Originally Posted by mmm skyscraper
Listen to 'Killing An Arab' by The Cure.
good call, man
__________________
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

- Mark Twain

Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.