This book is an existential contemplation about happiness and if we can achieve it. What is it that we need to be happy?
The skill of the writing is excellent, especially the imagery Camus creates in the descriptive passages without being overly flowery. However, the characters themselves suffer from a certain lack of definition to my mind.
The novel is split into two parts. The first is much shorter and a little better than the second, for my taste. His other novel, The Stranger, (the famous pre-quel) is a much better story, but the writing is not quite as good.
Some of the sentences and thoughts were so well constructed that I found myself happily re-reading certain lines.
The story of A Happy Death is one of futility, which left me quite unsettled. It was an uncomfortable read. I felt as though I had watched someone die and learned very little at the end, but somehow I still enjoyed the process.
The book shows his wonderfully philosophical mind whirring away.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; Reissue edition (1 September 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679764003
- ISBN-13: 978-0679764007
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 17.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)