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Wonderful...but why this cover?,
This review is from: The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I love this book. I first read it when I was about twenty, and was blown away. At a time when I was wrestling with my own feelings, the idea that someone could be honest about his lack of emotions was staggering. On re-reading it years later, I find it flawed (is Mersault really being consistent?) but still brilliant.
However, I have a problem with this edition. The premise is that Mersault is a perfectly acceptable, sociable, young man about town. He just happens not to love his mother very much and is honest enough not to lie about it - this is why it is such a challenging book. However, someone at Penguin has chosen to publish it with a cover illustration of a drooling psychopath, which is utterly at odds with the text, and will give readers completely the wrong preconceptions. Hadn't they read the book?
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2014 18:48:39 GMT
Justin Fretwell says:
dont worry, they changed the kindle edition to a sun set/rise/but probably set. yay!
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