THE OUT­SIDER (L’ETRANGER)

by Al­bert Ca­mus, Penguin/ Ran­dom House.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

Ever walked along the beach on a crip­plingly hot sum­mer’s day, dazed and on the verge of heat­stroke, and in­dif­fer­ently shot a man you found vaguely trou­bling? That’s what be­falls Meur­sault in Ca­mus’ cel­e­brated 1942 ab­sur­dist novel. It’s an ex­plo­ration of the trou­ble one can get into if they, for what­ever rea­son, don’t fit along the lines of ac­cepted hu­man emo­tional and moral re­spon­si­bil­ity. As Ca­mus him­self sum­marised, “In our so­ci­ety any man who does not weep at his mother’s fu­neral runs the risk of be­ing sen­tenced to death.” Grab a copy and go catch some rays!

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