Albert Camus, ‘The Outsider’

Not quite as interesting as the blurb makes it out to be. The main character is quite interesting, seeming as he does to have no empathy for other people (which would make him a psychopath). Camus in his afterword says of the character that he is different in that he refuses to lie. This may be the case but there is definitely something more fundamentally wrong with Mearsault’s perception of other people than simply an inability to fib. Interesting character study, but Kafka would be a better bet for a depiction of the character that dwells ‘outside’ of societys norms.

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~ by Snake Oil on August 3, 2009.

 
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