Camus: The Stranger (Landmarks of World Literature (New)STUDY GUIDE

Camus The Stranger Landmarks of World Literature New STUDY GUIDE Patrick McCarthy analyzes The Stranger one of the vital texts of existentialism and twentieth century literature in the context of French and French Algerian history and culture McCarthy examines ho

  • Title: Camus: The Stranger (Landmarks of World Literature (New)STUDY GUIDE
  • Author: Patrick McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780521539777
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • Patrick McCarthy analyzes The Stranger, one of the vital texts of existentialism and twentieth century literature, in the context of French and French Algerian history and culture McCarthy examines how the work undermines traditional concepts of fiction and explores parallels and contrasts between Camus s work and that of Jean Paul Sartre Providing students with a usefulPatrick McCarthy analyzes The Stranger, one of the vital texts of existentialism and twentieth century literature, in the context of French and French Algerian history and culture McCarthy examines how the work undermines traditional concepts of fiction and explores parallels and contrasts between Camus s work and that of Jean Paul Sartre Providing students with a useful companion to The Stranger, this second edition features a revised guide to further reading and a new chapter on Camus and the Algerian War First Edition Hb 1988 0 521 32958 2 First Edition Pb 1988 0 521 33851 4

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    1. Not a bad collection of essays analyzing The Stranger. Unlike most Marxist intellectual-types, Albert Camus was not a failed bourgeois (like the Messiah himself; Karl Marx), but someone from the actual working class who experienced much pain throughout his life (his death in a car wreck being the crowning moment of his life of tragedy). Camus rejected the Marxism violence promoted by Jean Paul Sartre (the fellow that was influenced by that evil Nazi Martin Heidegger, often considered the greates [...]

    2. Camus helped to teach them [later French authors] that characters should not be rounded, that language is only occasionally accurate, and that the work of art should contain its own explicit negation.McCarthy’s biography is solid reading, and exhibits a sense of respect for the man and his oeuvre while never erring on the side of reverence. It follows a pretty standard chronological structure, with a few marked variations where it ebbs and flows between traditional biography and literary criti [...]

    3. Obviously well researched, this shed unfiltered light on Camus as well as the political and social landscapes of his time. He appears to have had many more struggles than I ever imagined, but, despite exposing "warts and all", the author still presents a man of integrity who is "true to his contradictions". Damn, I love that phrase.The author is quite conversant with absurdism and existentialism, so the full meanings and implications of Camus' writings were explained.d will be forgotten.The pass [...]

    4. Mr. McCarthy's biography of Camus employs a particular irony well suited to his subject: Camus the saint, Camus the resistance leader, Camus the existentialist and Camus the committed leftist are all debunked, leaving in their place something much more compelling and likeable: Camus the human.Mr. McCarthy's work is almost more of a sourcebook than a biography, containing lengthy discourses on the colonial history of Algeria and the war for Algerian Independence, interwar literary criticism, the [...]

    5. A few years before I read the biography of Camus, I had lived in Port-aux-Poules, Algeria, along the coast very near to Arzew and Oran. I came to know the remnants of the pied noirs still in Algeria and how they had been expelled, not unjustly so perhaps. So when I learned that Camus was of these people I read the story of his life, having considered already that his L'etranger was one of the best books I had ever read, to learn how he had become an existentialist (his word I believe). Algeria p [...]

    6. This book appealed greatly to my 17 year old nihilistic self. There is no meaning but that which we can hear, touch, see, smell, or taste. The protagonist can be understood as a mirror to the reader, as he himself expresses very few emotions, and is mostly described in terms of physical sensations, reinforcing the message of the novel.

    7. i realize this is the study guide i realize. however, i liked the book it brings a sense of distance and fury. the character can only feel the moment and he can't explain what that moment is. he gets damned for it. shit.

    8. 4.5/5Actually, i've read this before, but thought i hadn't finished it. Turns out i did. In any case, an amusing work.

    9. Read this junior year of high school and then again this past year. I was not exposed to much when younger, and thought this was crazy in high school. Now it is just interesting. I enjoyed it.

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