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4.0 out of 5 stars Unstanding the Absurdity of Camus' "The Stranger"
Gary Carey's Cliffs Notes for "The Stranger" are almost as long as the existential novel by Albert Camus. Actually, the length of the novel makes it very attractive as a choice for students to read and playing The Cure's song "Killing an Arab" would probably pique their curiosity as well. Carey begins with a short Life of Camus followed by a couple of pages on Camus and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be more depth...
This book is great, but it doesn't really give much detail on themes, or symbols..more weighted towards a summary chapter by chapter. Not too great when you have to do an analysis of the book! But helpful nonetheless for the cheap price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unstanding the Absurdity of Camus' "The Stranger", 29 July 2004
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This review is from: CliffsNotes on Camus The Stranger (Paperback)
Gary Carey's Cliffs Notes for "The Stranger" are almost as long as the existential novel by Albert Camus. Actually, the length of the novel makes it very attractive as a choice for students to read and playing The Cure's song "Killing an Arab" would probably pique their curiosity as well. Carey begins with a short Life of Camus followed by a couple of pages on Camus and the Absurd, both of which provide useful background before you actually read the novel. Unlike most of the little yellow books with the black stripes, the Critical Commentaries section does not distinguish between summary and commentary elements, integrating the two as it goes chapter by chapter through the novel. Carey ends with brief Character Analyses of Meursault, Marie and Raymond. The strength of this volume is Carey's analysis of the novel, which works best if you read the notes right after you have read each chapter. However, Carey does not deal with existentialism as much as I believe is necessary when dealing with the writings of Camus. While many students are happy to deal with notions of the absurd, finding it quite compatable with the post-modern works that are so abundant today, even more like to deal with the themes of existentialism. Unfortunately, there is not much here along those lines, so you will have to look elsewhere for such material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful, 20 Jan. 2010
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Excellent for use when studying the novel in either french or english literature, provides some thought provoking ideas.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be more depth..., 30 May 2013
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This book is great, but it doesn't really give much detail on themes, or symbols..more weighted towards a summary chapter by chapter. Not too great when you have to do an analysis of the book! But helpful nonetheless for the cheap price.
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