Short and Sweet Reviews // The Stranger

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  1. I remember loving that book in high school (the perfect age for nihilism), but I think it’s still an interesting read. I think Camus was asking questions about what was intrinsically valuable in life rather than providing answers. (Just entree nous though, you’ve misspelled the title in three places.)

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    1. I agree. This book was not meant to provide any answers. About the only thing I liked what that it invited you to answer the questions yourself. I still found it pretty bland though lol

      Thank you so much for pointing out the misspellings. How embarrassing :/

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    1. It’s an interesting topic for sure. We all get to a point in life where we have to think about the meaning of our existence. (Especially for those who don’t partake in religion.) I read this book for that reason. I want to face the darkness of an indifferent universe and still find a passion for being. This was the first of many books I’d like to read on the subject.

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  2. I haven’t read this, but I wrote a paper for a class a few years ago about existentialism and the world of theatre of the absurd. I focused on The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco – mostly because I played Mrs Martin in year 10 theatre and have fond memories of it. I think it would be quite difficult to convey absurdism in a relatable way without the character being talked about within the context of mental illness. There’s so much ‘out there’ that directs us to find purpose, meaning, etc (with religion or without) that to think about someone who finds no meaning almost automatically brings up this feeling ‘well there must be something wrong with you’.

    I might be on a tangent in a completely different direction, though, to what you were thinking when you wrote this. As much as I find the branches of existentialism very interesting (and I find it funny-but-right to identify so much with the absurdists), I don’t actually know a lot about it.

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