If the rock rolled back down the mountain, Sisyphus pushed it up again. The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus The Gods wanted to punish Sisyphus with a fate worse then death, eternal and meaningless labor. However, Sisyphus found happiness in accepting his fate.
This limpid novel offers up a vivid anatomy of the adolescent sensibility. The challenge in writing about high-school age kids -- particularly the sort of generally well-off and healthy kids that populate this book -- is that the whole world lies before them, and even if they fail, they have years to recover.
Wolff, though, manages to make the stakes inOld School feel high even to an adult reader by never condescending to his characters. He gives them baroque angsts and passionate urges, but he also gives them a sense of proportion and an innate understanding of their own moral failings.
Wolff takes seriously the predicament of a narrator, at any age, who wants more than he has and is willing to sink into a morass of moral turpitude to get it. After visits by Robert Frost and Ayn Rand both personalities are dramatized unforgettably heresome gamesmanship around a chance to meet Ernest Hemingway provides the narrator an opportunity to enact the sort of calamitous bad judgment that can lead to profound regret and tip one over into adulthood.
The stakes, we feel at the end of this book, were really as high as they felt all along. The child is father to the man. Our regrets stay with us. Dean Makepeace set up the visit with Hemingway and hinted at knowing him personally, but he had no acquaintance with him.
The dean put himself into a mental prison as a result of that bit of dissembling, but how much different is that prison from the tortures of adolescence?
The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes: Over the course of the novel, the narrator strips away the layers of his own illusion -- or rather, he has them stripped away from him by force. And that is probably what is most disturbing about this beveled gem of a book.
We bury our mistakes so successfully that we no longer feel accountable for atoning for them. This book is a draught of cold air, a slap in the face, a wakeup call. The Reluctant Fundamentalistby Mohsin Hamid: The way the second-person narration functions in this novel is a thrill to behold.
Hamid keeps things tense by keeping them indeterminate. The very fact that that politeness scans as sinister is part of the driving engine of this book.
And his interlocutor, about whom we know so little -- is he a regular civilian or an intelligence agent of some sort? I was spellbound by the artistry of a book that succeeds at the challenging task of making possible two diametrically opposed interpretations -- that Changez is a jihadist, and that he is an ordinary man in an intense conversation who may be being radically misunderstood.
As the book approaches its climactic final moment, the pitch of emotions rises subtly, inexorably, and one feels like a lobster in a slow-boiling pot.
Cloud Atlasby David Mitchell: So much has been said about this extraordinary book that one wonders what one might add to the conversation. Instead, what we have is a full-blooded, big-hearted, human story.
There is no ironic distance from the more conceptual material, no winking at the reader. We relax in the hands of a storyteller who will see to every detail and think through the larger implications of every choice. We settle in for the ride. And what a ride it is.
One of the under-remarked aspects of this book is what a page-turner it turns out to be, how thoroughly engrossing. The Easter Paradeby Richard Yates: A book whose astringent worldview makes Revolutionary Road seem at times almost cheerful.ALBERT CAMUS TheStranger PATRICK McCARTHY.
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In THE STRANGER by Albert Camus, the character Meursault is a man apart. Though he exists w/ other humans, he is obviously on an entirely different wavelength!
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Search. Albert Camus () The Stranger () "I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers." The play was hailed for its dramatic naturalism, and its gritty language and the dramatic force of its characters. Born in Algeria in , Albert Camus published The Stranger—now one of the most widely read novels of this century—in Celebrated in intellectual circles, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in On January 4, .
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5 pages at words per page) for the first time, I that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much life myself. Finding himself in the company of a Brazilian poet, Camus offers this scathing assessment:"Enormous, indolent, folds of flesh around his eyes, his mouth hanging open, the poet arrives.
Anxieties, a sudden movement, then he spills himself into an easy chair and stays there a little while, panting.