The two broke off relations after… Early years Less than a year after Camus was born, his father, an impoverished worker, was killed in World War I during the First Battle of the Marne.
It is the absurdity of human conventions that has us doing such things. For the last thirty years I have studiously avoided reading this book. In high school friends one of them even became my ex-wife told me it was a great book about a man condemned to die because he was an outsider.
Later I was told that this book was a story about something much like the Azaria Chamberlain case. But after 30 years of avoiding reading this book I have finally relented and read it.
I particularly liked the man who kept falling behind in the march to the cemetery and would take short cuts. Okay, so it is black humour, but Camus was more or less French — so black humour is more or less obligatory. I had gotten the distinct impression from all of my previous discussions about this book that the guy ends up dead.
In fact, this is not the case — he ends up at the point in his life where he has no idea if he will be freed or not. The Priest who comes to him at the end is actually quite certain that he will be freed. The most interesting part of the book to me was the very end, the conversation with the priest.
I am definitely not the same kind of Atheist as Camus. To Camus there is no truth, the world is essentially absurd and all that exists is the relative truth an individual places on events and ideas.
This makes the conversation with the priest fascinatingly interesting. To the priest the prisoner who is facing death is — by necessity — someone who is interested in God.
Not this little black duck. Now, if I was in that cell I would have argued with the priest too — but I would not have argued in the same way that Meursault argues. Now, this is a reasonable response.
What is very interesting is that the priest cannot accept this as an answer. The world is not allowed to have such a person in it — if such a person really did exist then it would be a fundamental challenge to the core beliefs of the priest.
So, he has to assume Meursault is either lying to him or is trying to taunt him. And look, yes, there is much to this — but this ends up being too easy.Home > Camus, Albert > Plague, Fall, Exile and The Kingdom and Selected Essays This copy of Plague, Fall, Exile And The Kingdom And Selected Essays (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics) offered for sale by World of Books Ltd for $ The book is simply written and a rather quick read, but the depth Camus manages to convey through this simplicity is astounding.
I think a problem a lot of people have with this book is that they fail to look beyond the whole "what is the meaning of life" message. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback.
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The Plague is incredible; The Fall less so; Exile & the Kingdom is good but inconsistent; The Myth of Sisyphus is nearly impenetrable; and Reflections on the Guillotine is one of the most lucid, compassionate and persuasive pieces of writing there is/5.
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