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Hello, Stranger!

26 Sep

The Stranger

Pack your sunglasses and sandals.  Our next book has us traveling to an Algerian beach.

“A Classic Case of Madness” is now reading The Stranger by Albert Camus.

Oh, I love the beach, but  I’ve never read Camus before, so let’s check out what the back of my Vintage Books copy has to say about the Frenchman’s novel.

Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus’s first novel, The Stranger (L’etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers.

That sounds promising.

Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a …

Uh, oh.  Spoiler alert.  I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s say I’m less excited about the beach.

…Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”

Why don’t you pack your puzzled/confused/bewildered expression along with that sun hat.  You know, the one you wore for The Trial.  I think Algeria’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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P.S. Did you catch that we’re reading a novel originally written in French?  This probably isn’t your first WEM book, so you know how important it is to read a good translation.  SWB recommends reading the one I linked above which is translated by Matthew Ward.

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