Year of Publishing: 1942
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Synopsis: Stranger in his land, stranger of himself. Meursault lives a distressing situation. Intimately oblivious to the impact of his actions, he murders. In these masterly pages, the realism reaches perfection: Meursault tells to us his story, not the history of his reasons and feelings, the story of his inevitable fate.
My Review: This book is one of the most important of the last century due to its philosophical approaches and its high literary quality. it’s an existentialist novel, during the second world war this kind of novel was very common among the writers of the time, however, this book highlighted among the novels of the same genre because its simply style.
The stranger tells the Meursault’s story, a man whose routine has completely overpowered him but nevertheless, he is satisfied with the life that have. The Story begins with the death of his mother and it’s here where we start to perceive that Meursault is a Selfish person and lacking of empathy because he never laments the death of his mother. Along the story, our protagonist has the chance to prove that he has empathy and is able to feel, but he always says that things don’t matter. Simply he just follows his routine being an automaton and that’s the only that matters to him. This imperturbable routine and the psychopathy that he shows, lead him to kill a person who he doesn’t know.
In my opinion, this book is essential for those who enjoy this kind of philosophical questions. Tells the story of a man completely oblivious to everything around him, a man who doesn’t feel sadness or happiness, who simply tries act routinely. A mixture of stoicism and existentialism. I think this is a great book and also, portrays very well the branch of the existentialist thought that emerged in Europe during the Second World War. My valuation for this book is 3/5.
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Written by: Josué