Monsieur Meursault is a French-Algerian: his mother (Maman) has just died and he attends her funeral. That event is the axis about which the story turns - not so much the physical attendance or even the external events of the funeral, but rather Meursault's psychological reaction to her death. The reader is left to deduce their own 'connections' between the death of Maman and the events that follow - which will ultimately lead Meursault to the guillotine.
The story is full of metaphor and discovery: the sun and light and heat bristle throughout the pages of the story. "She said, 'If you go slowly, you risk getting a sunstroke. But if you go too fast, you work up a sweat and then catch a chill inside the church.' She was right. There was no way out"
The book is short (125 pages) and written in the short sentence, staccato style of writers like Hemingway. The read is easy but the meanings are deeper than the words on the page. By the end the effect is a story told in the detail of two or three times the pages that Albert Camus uses. It is clever and thought provoking and well worth the read!
(Matthew Ward translation)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: VINTAGE USA - MASS MARKET; 1 edition (15 December 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780679720201
- ISBN-13: 978-0679720201
- ASIN: 0679720200
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)