Published by Vintage International on March 28, 1989
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.
The Stranger has a slow strategic pacing almost making me put the book aside. Although this is two of my uncle’s favorite books so I plowed along. I soon realized the intentional snail pace was purposeful to completely understand our character and the stranger within. It is strange because while this was not thrilling nor suspenseful it had me on the edge of my seat turning those few pages as fast as I could go.I think the thing I found the eeriest is that Meursault, our main character shoots and kills a group of Arabs. I know that sounds silly but with everything that is going on in the world this fragment made this 1946 novel seem current.Albert Camus’ small book is a giant masterpiece that is highly worth the read.