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The Stranger (A New Translation by Matthew Ward)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

wow

You have to go into this book with an open mind, and a slight knowledge of Existentialism. It also helps if at one time in your life, you had questioned your existence. That is probably why I enjoyed the book so much.

posted by Anonymous on May 22, 2006

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5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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This was the most disturbing, disgusting and most depressing book that I have ever read in my life. We had too choose a french author and read a book by them. Im in seventh grade and boy did i choose the wrong book to read. Let me just give you the last line of the book...
This was the most disturbing, disgusting and most depressing book that I have ever read in my life. We had too choose a french author and read a book by them. Im in seventh grade and boy did i choose the wrong book to read. Let me just give you the last line of the book; i will go to my execution tomorrow and hope there will be a big croud full of hate. What kind of book is that.

posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2013

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    One strange book.

    I studied this novel in English class this year, and although a fast-paced read, I had trouble getting into it. Reason number one? The narrator, Meursault, is the epitome of an existentialist, and proceeds to show hardly any emotion throughout the entire story. His mother dies, yet he feels no sadness. He kills a man and feels no guilt. He does this, he does that; but all with robotic acceptance and zero feeling. Who wants to read about that? Okay, well, a lot of people love the work of Albert Camus. He's very intelligent, and it's clearly evident in his writing (check out his thought-provoking essay, The Myth of Sisyphus). But instead of reading about existentialism (I guess I just don't understand the philosophy very well), I'd rather dig into the more emotional stuff that causes laughter and tears... Then again, I am just a teenage girl with a lot of opinions.

    My main point: while reading The Stranger, I might as well have been Meursault, accepting everything I took in with very little reaction. Not good.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    depressing

    I didn't really care for the book that much. it was on my son't book list for 9th grade. I read it first. I decided he could read one of the others he got. This was dark and depressing. Not a fun summer read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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