The Stranger by Albert Camus

Cover via Goodreads.

Cover via Goodreads.

Rating: 3/5 stars.

On a plot level, reading The Stranger is as exciting as watching your grandmother eat potatoes. It’s a simple story about a nondescript man who does things randomly and routinely, and he eventually goes to trial for an incident caused by the heat.

Though I didn’t care about the characters or the plot, The Stranger did prove intellectually stimulating. Thematically, it’s a deep book that raises questions ranging from whether society conditions our emotions to how we deal with the difference between absurdity and existentialism. The last few pages of the book contained most of the mind meat (doesn’t that sound delicious?) so I recommend not giving up halfway, even if you’re not too entertained by the plot.

Overall, not the best book I’ve read for school, but one that works well in a Socratic seminar or any type of discussion. Will probably come back to it when I have a greater understanding of philosophy.

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