The Stranger (A New Translation by Matthew Ward)

The Stranger (A New Translation by Matthew Ward)

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ISBN-13: 9780679720201
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1989
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 6,549
Product dimensions: 9.32(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)

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 Stranger is a strikingly modern text and Matthew Ward’s translation will enable readers to appreciate why Camus’s stoical anti-hero and ­devious narrator remains one of the key expressions of a postwar Western malaise, and one of the cleverest exponents of a literature of ambiguity.” –from the Introduction by Peter Dunwoodie

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The Stranger (thINKing) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 299 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Stranger by Albert Camus is among the curious classics which seem to slowly lure you into the romantic plot of part one. Truthfully, the beginning goes at a snail¿s pace, introducing the characters and meeting the narrator Meursault. But, a chilling surprise waits for you at the end of part one that gets you right back into the story of part two, wanting you to flip through the pages to see what happens next. In this novel, the narrator does not tell it through his eyes. It seems as if we¿re listening to this novel through Meursaults thoughts and ideas. You¿ll read as this apparently average man shares his own philosophy on happiness and the absurdity of life. The author displays great acts of Meursault¿s absurdism and passiveness in many of the unfortunate events. He demonstrates being emotionally unfazed at his mother¿s funeral. Before the wake, he is found at her coffin, drinking and smoking a cigarette. It seems almost as if he is in a different world then others in the story live in, and he continues through his life unaffected by its consequences. You¿ll travel with him in his Meghreb town on the coast of Africa, you¿ll dine with him, visit the beach with him and even perform the unthinkable, as he challenges the world with Camus viewpoint. Together, Meursault and Camus will show you a new way of looking at the meaningless of life. This book will certainly delight both young adults and older readers alike with its fascinating plot. And unnerve you when you see what happens when one man is faced with the absurdity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in my senior year in high school, and have kept the copy, not for interest, but rather I just kinda stole it. My first year of college I took a class in which we read The Plague, another book by Camus, and it is through that book that I related with Dr. Bernard Rieux, and realized that I am an existentialist. I just re-read The Stranger, and it has been some time since I have read The Plague, but have found that after a few years existentialism takes on a somewhat new meaning for myself, and it was really refreshing to now read The Stranger with an actual understand behind the philosophy of the novel and made it a very interesting, thought-provoking, and intellectual read for such a small book.
Estrellina09 More than 1 year ago
This is the very first time I read Camus and definitely "The Stranger" has become one of my favorite books. His style is not only original but dramatic at the same time. Camus can take the reader to unimaginable places where everything can be possible without being science-fiction. The themes within The Stranger makes a book to discuss over and over again.
DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
The Stranger focused on one main character. You get to know him; what he thinks, what he does, all that. It was written in a very unique and timeless way. Camus has a very distinct voice.
I could relate to the main character in so many ways. It was moving and touching. It makes you think about what your morals are and what the value of life is. It's a fast read with long-term thoughts that will linger in your mind. I think it's a book for most people. It might bother people with a lower maturity level because it can be kind of heavy.
Camus is brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the only book I ever fell in love with from high school English. It causes you to evaluate every day emotions, or the lack thereof, in a new light that is wonderfully crafted by Camus. This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. You feel nothing for the main character. You do not enjoy him as a person, yet you do not despise him either. He is the factual voices in our heads that relays the events of daily life without any feelings towards every action. Existentialism is a beautiful literary concept that commands us to reevaluate our ideals and the existence of human emotion and human identity. This book is a fast read that leaves an impact upon you like no other book has done before. The greatest literary favor you will ever do for yourself is to at least give this book a try and see how it impacts you. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can't exactly say what i thought about this book. i loved it and raced through it. until i got to the last 10 pages. they were very boring and it took me about a week to read those last 10 pages. while reading it though, it's very interesting and i'm sure everyone is trying to figure out what drives the main character a man without feelings. as i once read in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chobsky, this book is 'easy to read but hard to read well'. that is true and i think to truly take in the book and understand it, you must read it twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Stranger is so strange,yet captivating. Marsol is the weirdest character I've ever met in a story. There is so much symbolism in this book. You have to wonder how any character could be this careless. Every writer should read this truly existenalist piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This the first Camus book I've read and it was so incredible! I underline my favourite lines in books and I think that I underlined nearly the entire book. Personally, i wish that he had kept writing. I didn't want it to stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no text????? My pages are pure white only the cover and first page show up
songofthestars91 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for class last Saturday and currently I'm quite indifferent about this book. I loved the subtle irony that is persistant throughout it. There is even irony in my indifference because what keeps me on the fence from saying I enjoyed this book is the narrator's consistant indifference about everything and his lack of ability to form true opinions about others or even the situation he is in. This bothered me and I would even go as far to say that it got on my nerves, but I think that I will read this again in the future and maybe my opinion will change...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Stranger starts out with the main character, Monsiuer Meursault, finding out that his mother had died. Meursault was a low income hard worker who could not support his mother at home, so he sent her to an old peoples hime in the country. This was the first of Meursaults so-called sins, used against him later in the story. At first it would seem as though Meursault wasn't sorrowful of his mothers passing, but Meursault's main foible was that of his taciturn nature and unwillingness to show emotion. Later in the story he commits murder in a vehement moment of rage. All of a sudden he is thrown in to a trial with a magistrate. His little mistakes that he had thought nothing of before were sudenly brought to the jurys attention, including his unresponsiveness to a priest and religion. This author did a great job writing this book and showing how society can tear a person apart using small insignificant mistakes. The author shows exactly what Meursault is thinking throughout the book plus his views on certain matters. The author also points out the flaws of religion and how God is not for everyone and should not be pushed upon by someone. This book is insightfully written and give credit to Matthew Ward who translated it into English.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Stranger defines the meaning of a true existential novel. Bound together by a excellent plot, great chapters make you think. Camus truly expresses his existentialism through Meursault. I was truly dissappointed when I had to put this down. A must read book!
Humbert_Humbert on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I was surprised how quick this existential classic went. Camus created an incredible character and blurred the line between sociopaths and those who believe nothing really matters.
HvyMetalMG on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Literary Classic. It is a rare that any book you have to read for school and that has been translated can be such a fast pace, thrilling read. Camus pens a literary masterpiece that is really one of the early phsycological thrillers. This is a must read.
duck2ducks on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Have been meaning to read for years. Amazing stuff. I love the minimalist style, and the inherent disconnect of Mersault. Apathy and cynicism are two major turn-offs for me, but I found his apathy incredibly fascinating, really. How he's always been little more than a passenger in his own life. Inspiring, oddly enough - it makes me want to go out and take part in everything.
TakeItOrLeaveIt on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Existentialist beginnings aside, this book influenced my favorite music genre in a massive way. the song "Killing an Arab" by the Cure is the early roots of the punk mentality and sound. slowing things down, taking it one step at a time. Camus has a very interesting, yet depressing outlook on the world but people like me can easily fall in to this mindset and mentality. this book is a classic and everyone who has read it knows its power.
briannad84 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This was the first Albert Camus book I've read, and I must say, I'll be reading more of his books. I kept coming across his name on other lists, and knew I had this one so I thought I'd try it. I'm going to go with everyone else's rants about the translation and say that was good, cause I obviously haven't read anything else...but I liked this story and the way it was written. For some reason it reminded me of The Rum Diary...so I kept picturing Johnny Depp....even though I've only seen the movie of that. Surprised by how short it was, I read it in about 2 days! Very good book!
GaryPatella on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This short read features the same type of awkward protagonist seen in Hesse's Steppenwolf or Sartre's Nausea: the weird type that doesn't quite fit into society. I probably rate these books higher than others, since I usually feel a very strong connection to those that are awkward and out of place.The apathy towards everything, including a murder, may be an extreme of the particular personality type.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This wasn't too bad for the most part, but it gave me serious Catcher in the Rye vibes the entire time, which was weird. For some reason, I just got the impression that it was an extremely serious and exaggerated version of Salinger's work. Of course, it was written before his, so it'd be the other way around.
LCBrooks on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Stranger is a beautifully written, existentialist view of humanity. Its characters, however, are despicable. It was difficult not to view Merceut's crime, trial, and sentence with the biases acquired as a 21st Century American. The charges did not appear to fit the crime yet he was so detestable that I was unwavering in my feeling that he should be executed.I was amazed by the passion the book evoked in me. I cannot think of another instance where I loved a book and hated the main characters. I hope never to encounter such a misguided soul on a "hot day."
Matt_the_Cat on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I've read both this and the Plague, and I must say I find Camus' style boring and unengaging. His characters are flat. However, this book I liked much better than The Plague, which I found had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. This book is a lot about one man's struggle with totalitarianism--not the totalitarianism of a single party state, but of public opinion, what people around you think you should think, do, and feel, and how they judge you if you do not think, do, and feel as they think you should. I still remember the last line of the book, one of the most powerful I've read in literature, and a testament to a man who followed Nietzsche's dictum that "no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
laurenbethy on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Stranger is really philosophical, and there is a lot in the book that is really open and ambiguous. It lets the reader interpret it how they want to, and in my case, strangely, I identified with the main character. More than anything I enjoyed the detailed descriptions and the food for thought the book gave me. Really a great read.
Josh_Hanagarne on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Don't really get what the big deal is here. I understand The Stranger's place in history, I just don't love it. It's better than lots of books, but worst than plenty as well. But I do love Camus, esp. The Plague.