The Outsider

by Joseph Laredo, Albert Camus

Penguin Books Ltd | October 31, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Outsider is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

Meursault leads an apparently unremarkable bachelor life in Algiers until he commits a random act of violence. His lack of emotion and failure to show remorse only serve to increase his guilt in the eyes of the law, and challenges the fundamental values of society - a set of rules so binding that any person breaking them is condemned as an outsider. For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus it encapsulates the absurdity of life.

In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the predicament of the individual who refuses to pretend and is prepared to face the indifference of the universe, courageously and alone.

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Published: October 31, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141904259

ISBN - 13: 9780141904252

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Normal Person. A Different Mind. I enjoyed this book. I liked that in went so far into the mind of someone who doesn't have many feelings. He doesn't cry at his mother funeral and after he commits his violent act he shows no remorse. At some points you feel sorry that he is being treated a little unfairly at his trial, but other times you just can't understand him. He was a believable character and it was interesting how he was just like any other person, worked 9 to 5, had friends, had a girlfriend, and seemed so normal in every way except in the way his mind worked. I liked the sentence structure, I generally enjoyed the whole book. And I liked how the end left you hanging...
Date published: 2008-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Remorse ***SPOILER ALERT*** This novel delves into the psyche of a man who commits a murder and is then unable to feel remorse. The protagonist is a young French-Algerian bachelor who works 9-5, lives alone and visits his girlfriend on the weekend. The novel begins with the death of his mother in a home he has placed her for care. She is old in his opinion at 60. At the funeral and after her death he does not show signs of remorse. He is asked by a neighbour to assist in showing that this man is not a pimp - going so far as writing a letter on the man's behalf while thinking he does not care about the outcome. His girlfriend discusses marriage and he admits that while he will marry her it is not because he loves her - a fact she finds quite acceptable. While on vacation at the beach he shoots another man in self defense but then fires four additional rounds into the dead body. During his trial the man listens distractedly to the testimony but still does not feel remorse. He thinks to himself that he has always been this way in response to the prosecution's arguments about this. It is only while on death row that the man discovers his feelings. He realizes why his mother may have found God in her dying moments. He also gives much thought to the beginning of a new adventure after death - and realizes how happy he has been with life.
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Outsider Of Albert Camus' works I think this one had the most to say. The volume itself is a short one, however the thoughts provoked by this book are sometimes life altering. The book tells of a man who is forever a watching, rarely if at all actively taking part in life. Camus challenges the reader to take a good long look it his/her own life and actively make choices and live by the choices made. No one has your destiny in their hands save you.
Date published: 2000-10-19

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The Outsider

by Joseph Laredo, Albert Camus

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 31, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141904259

ISBN - 13: 9780141904252

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Meursault leads an apparently unremarkable bachelor life in Algiers until he commits a random act of violence. His lack of emotion and failure to show remorse only serve to increase his guilt in the eyes of the law, and challenges the fundamental values of society - a set of rules so binding that any person breaking them is condemned as an outsider. For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus it encapsulates the absurdity of life.

In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the predicament of the individual who refuses to pretend and is prepared to face the indifference of the universe, courageously and alone.