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A study in existentialism and amorality
on 17 February 2018
This short but well-written book provides a thought provoking existentialist consideration of the value of life and death through the eyes of Meursault. His detachment from life, inability to form strong emotional attachments to others and lack of remorse for a crime committed out of pure amorality play at least as significant a part in his subsequent trial as the act of violence itself - a fact which Camus contrives Meursault to accept and the reader to regret.
I liked the short direct sentences of this powerful first person account, which dislocate the reader from Meursault, cleverly replicating his isolation from the other characters. For me part of the satisfaction of Camus's treatment of his theme was the journey of discovery that Meursault and the reader undertake together, since it is only towards the end of the novel, when Meursault finally discovers the value of his own life, that the reader gets to know the narrator.
This is my first exposure to Camus - and won't be my last.