Day: March 2, 2012

The Stranger by Albert Camus

There isn’t always a reason behind the things that we do – The Stranger by Albert Camus

I seriously don’t know what to say about this book, so this is going to be one of those nonreviews where I babble incoherent stuff that appear to be sensible, solid stuff when, in fact, it lacks glue to hold everything together. I am even reluctant to write this because I fear of blaspheming Camus, a writer that I am not superbly fond of but whom I deeply respect. So why this disclaimer? Oh, it must be my hormones. When I say hormones, it’s my mood. The Stranger is the story of a man tried in court for shooting another man. Why he killed the man and the other whys are the core of the novel. It’s really short. One can actually finish this in one sitting, but I suggest reading it slowly and thinking of the philosophical undertones that it has. My edition, really, is The Outsider. So why did I refer to it as The Stranger? It’s the same. It’s a different translation. But does it matter if I refer to it as …