The Fall

The Fall

by Albert Camus

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ISBN-13: 9780679720225
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1991
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Vintage Intenational Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 48,559
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus published The Stranger—now one of the most widely read novels of this century—in 1942. Celebrated in intellectual circles, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. On January 4, 1960, he was killed in a car accident.

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The Fall 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel, The Fall, has really caused me to think of the person I am, and the person I want to be. It has changed my outlook on people in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since it was the first i have read of Camus's work i was completely take back by his writing. At fist i had thought it would be just another existentialist novel, but once i had read it the depth and reality that was brought to the character i was taken back. Not to mention the way that Camus describes Clamences feelings and visions especially when he keeps refering the the woman on the bridge. i would recomend this novel to anyone willing to take another look on life and ready to read one of the best existentialist books of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Albert Camus' The Fall is simply amazing! I was, by default, hesitant to pick it up having just read Hunger by Knut Hamsun (also a disturbing, yet profound stream-of-consciousness novel), but I couldn't put it down!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding work: reads more like an extended commentary, rather than a novel. Camus forces the reader to check his/her own conscience through the actions of the narrator. Existential, but very understandable: it's difficult not to empathize with the narrator, despite his failings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having just read this book for the second time I am even more staggered as to how impressive it is. Camus is uncannily insightful, and even though the subject matter leads the reader to question his own motives and ethics on an elemental level, it is an exhilarating experience to be sure. Whether you want to or not, you will relate to the protagonist...
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are the confessions of a modern man, an everyman starting out as a 'nice person,' productive, well liked. Then he slowly, agonized, finds out, or reasons, or surmises somehow, how loathsome he and everyone else really is. Camus writes like Hemingway and the book is hard to stop reading. I read it in one sitting. His fall into depression is so logical, so left brained: the hero takes you to a mind hell with him. Unforgetable. It is easy to see why Albert Camus, although famous during his lifetime more as an existentialist philosopher, will no doubt be thought formost as novelist and short story writer.
TakeItOrLeaveIt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
different than the Stranger in the sense that our narrator is a witty jack-ass, this book also influenced the post-punk movement in a similar way clearly with the band The Fall and numerous other artists that were moved by Camus' mentality. an existentialist reader isn't especially an 'exi' but should understand the idea well after reading The Fall.
mckenz18 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Although The Stranger is the book that Camus is probably best known for, in my opinion The Fall is right up there with it in terms of brilliance. This book is an incredibly quick read and a great introduction to Albert Camus for readers new to his work. The book is made up of a series of conversations between two men that meet in a bar in Amsterdam. The reader is only hearing one side of the conversation, and the novel quickly turns into a confessional. The man who is divulging his secrets is Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a judge-penitent. Clamence boasts of his good deeds, intelligence, popularity, and success. He claims that he is only comfortable when he is ¿up high.¿ His reasoning for this is because ¿living aloft is still the only way of being seen and hailed by the largest number.¿ It is evident that Clamence not only is well aware of his vanity, but embraces it. This novel may be slight, but in its few pages it presents a number of substantial ideas, which culminate in the perfect ending that shows just what man is ultimately capable of. The Fall is an eloquent commentary on the scruples of a generation of men and women going forward into a bleak future, the pathway to which being lined with their judges--their husbands, wives, children, friends, coworkers, etc. It is impossible for one to read this novel without finding in it a part of oneself. The laughter that follows Clamence could very well be the personification of the guilt that is nurtured and flourishes in every human being¿s heart--not just the guilt that accompanies committing evil deeds, but the guilt that comes with the knowledge that one¿s deeds are sinful and wicked, but committing them anyway with indifference and apathy.
ctpress on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The ramblings of Clemence - where we are the listeners - is brilliantly constructed. It seems accidental, but no - every little casual remark is planted with great care by a genius storyteller. Clemence babbles along, first full of confidence, bravado and cheering for himself - his own goodness and then suddently - a splash - a women drowning in the river and he does nothing. Brushes it away...But forever haunted by this scream (now a laughter) - how he discovers he really do not know himself - he cannot trust himself - all his good deeds is just to polish his own ego. And I think that Clemence¿s basic fear is that people will find out who he really is - that the world will discover what he really thinks when he is totally alone with himself. Without anyone to confide in.Oh, he is clever, and honest, that Camus. He makes me think. A lot.
nickelcopper on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is my first work of Camus and it was tremendous. It's not something I can sit down and digest in one sitting, but something that has to be contemplated and discussed, or the book will beat you. The first time I read it, it was definately smarter than I, but round two with some discussion was well worth it. Great read.
JimmyChanga on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wow, what a mind-fuck of a good book. The human voice is the most atrocious sound in the world. This book is like an endless replica of that voice, turned into a little human bone, lodged in the human ear.
jlelliott on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bleak but beautiful, The Fall is one of those books that reveals humans for what they are. The lawyer protagonist has worked all his life for justice, but to what end? He would like to believe that he has a selfless interest in downtrodden people and lofty ideals, but as the book progresses he is forced to confront his hypocrisy. He works hard ultimately for himself, he enjoys the public image of himself as a selfless person. The realization tortures him, and to resolve the hypocrisy he stops all his charitable endeavors and hurls himself into a life of selfish pleasure. But can any of us claim true selflessness? Camus is of course a master at showing us the hypocrisy and ridiculousness lurking under our highest ideals, and this book is no exception.
raggedprince on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Anyboody interested in exploring the question: 'Do lawyers have any conscience whatsover?' might be interested in how it's explored here. Those who already know the correct answer (no) will still find a remarkable and edifying read. Deserves to be as well read as 'the outsider'.
richardderus on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Book Report: Told as a long monologue stretched over several days, Jean-Baptiste Clamence reviews the very great highs of his life as a respected criminal attorney, and the very great lows of his life as a libertine without a discernible conscience or moral compass. He narrates his life to an unseen and unheard Other, a tourist from France in Clamence's adopted home of Amsterdam who runs into Clamence at a seedy bar. At each major turning point in Clamence's life, the narrative adds another level of self-serving horribleness, and the reader recognizes the commonality of all people with each other in Clamence's descent...fall...from the peaks of public acclaim and well-wishing into the pits of a personal hell, made up of the deeds done and undone that bend us into new internal shapes with our regrets.My Review: I read La Peste when I was seventeen, and I ***HATED*** it. I was angry at the waste of so much as a single tree to print it, in any and all languages and countries around the world. I despised each and every syllable. I vowed never, ever, ever to read another word by Camus. From that cold winter's night in 1976 to the point I was forced by the Book Circle to pick this book up, I kept to that promise.Well. I sit corrected. La Chute is a fascinating moral tale told by a story-teller of great power and flawless control of his material and his language. (I am reliably informed that the original French is superb; this translation is sterling.) I am so glad that I didn't make the mistake of letting my teenaged judgment stand unchallenged. I would have missed out on a life high point in reading. I am accused, with Clamence, of leading a life grounded in the illusions of one's own superiority, one's own infallible rightness. HA! Wisdom comes, when it does, at a high price...the life of an innocent, the decision to be silent, the power of life and death over a virtual stranger are all things that happen to many, even most, of us; they're not always instantly obvious, of course, so we let them slide away unmarked. But how do *you* know that your call to complain about the service you received didn't result in someone losing a last-chance job, spiraling into depression, and ending her life? You don't. Clamence does. (That didn't happen in the book, by the bye.)This book did what only the very best books written by the very best writers can do: It reoriented my internal compass. Permanently. Read it! Soon!
RavRita on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Fall is a fantastic book that I was surprised that I had not already read. The story is about a London lawyer that has changed his life from the selfish, self absorbed, career enhancer that he was to a more reflective recluse that helps others. His transformation did not come easy to him. The book is a diatribe of the main character's life to a stranger he meets in a bar in Amsterdam. The personal demons that caused him to pause and reflect reside in all of us. What would cause you to question how you are living your life?
BeesleSR on LibraryThing 5 months ago
After finishing the Math history `Prime Obsession¿ I picked up ¿The Fall¿ by Albert Camus. I think I understood the math in `Prime Obsession¿ better than the philosophy in ¿The Fall¿. The character labeled `Clamence¿ whose `real¿ identity is questionable has an ego the size of New York City but the style of a Parisian Hedonist. Pontificating with philosophical ruminations on the nature of good and evil and our relationship not so much with those two `qualities¿ (good and¿) but with the schema we have constructed within which to place these two labels. I think the character suggested that without criminals to prosecute, society¿s moral framework would become a joke. (Because we are all guilty; it is just that with criminals being the objects upon which we project `the bad¿ and the foil with which we construct our own innocence.) Albert Camus had me scratching my head and wishing I might sit in with a student seminar on French Literature of the fifties so that I could get a better handle on the meat of the book. At one point `Clamence¿ becomes descriptive of the Paris around him and I relax and start to enjoy the prose when suddenly `Clamence¿ catches himself being lyrical and castigates himself before getting back to what really matters. I guess I¿d better go Google Camus.
jorgearanda on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Leaving the cumbersome translation aside, this is a short but deep exploration of conscience, guilt, and ulterior motives. I wish I had even a tenth of Camus' introspective powers and blinding honesty.
Daedalus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is Holyshitgood. I love it. It was the first Camus I read and he's been in my literary pantheon ever since.
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Changes how you view people
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Good book
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