The Stranger is a slim read, but I found it confusing. Supposedly, Sartre thought it a profoundly silly book, the equivalent of reporting on a soccer match with the words “I saw adults in shorts fighting and throwing themselves on the ground in order to send a leather ball between two wooden posts.” I feel similarly,… Read More The Stranger is the Stranger….
A Continuing series in which I post my notes of reading this engaging book. In The Rebel, Camus frames Metaphysical Rebellion in the words of Dostoyevsky’s Ivan Karamazov (among other ways). God is to be not denied, but refuted and condemned. The Problem of Evil on steroids, as it were. From pgs. 56-57: Ivan rejects the basic… Read More Camus and Karamazov, “The Rejection of Salvation.”
In my pre-Christmas book splurge, I picked up Kafka’s The Trial, which has so far reminded me why I wait 1.5 decades between reading Kafka books, and Camus’ The Rebel, which has delicious bits of tasty absurdity. And deliberately so. One cannot be a rebel without a set of values to hold higher than the powers-that-be,… Read More Camus is a Rebel, and Custer is a Hero, and I Read Books