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By Harold Bloom

Albert Camus's landmark existentialist novel lines the aftermath of a surprising crime and the guy whose destiny is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger offers readers with a brand new form of protagonist, a guy not able to go beyond the tedium and inherent absurdity of daily life in an international detached to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. whole with an advent from grasp literary student Harold Bloom, this new version of full-length serious essays encompasses a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.

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He lives among outsiders, but to them, too, he is an outsider. That is why some people like him—for example, his mistress, Marie, who is fond of him “because he’s odd”. Others, like the courtroom crowd whose hatred he suddenly feels mounting towards him, hate him for the same reason. And we ourselves, who, on opening the book are not yet familiar with the feeling of the absurd, vainly try to judge him according to our usual standards. For us, too, he is an outsider. Thus, the shock you felt when you opened the book and read, “I thought that here was another Sunday over with, that Mama was buried now, that I would go back to work again and that, on the whole, nothing had changed,” was deliberate.

He lives among outsiders, but to them, too, he is an outsider. That is why some people like him—for example, his mistress, Marie, who is fond of him “because he’s odd”. Others, like the courtroom crowd whose hatred he suddenly feels mounting towards him, hate him for the same reason. And we ourselves, who, on opening the book are not yet familiar with the feeling of the absurd, vainly try to judge him according to our usual standards. For us, too, he is an outsider. Thus, the shock you felt when you opened the book and read, “I thought that here was another Sunday over with, that Mama was buried now, that I would go back to work again and that, on the whole, nothing had changed,” was deliberate.

How different Meursault’s life might have been had he not walked down the beach by himself. Meursault feels as if he is battling the extreme heat and will not accept defeat. Meursault again arrives near the end of the beach and thinks of the cool shadow and silence by the rock, seeking refuge from the blazing heat and light and from a group of women crying at a bungalow. As he gets closer, he sees the Arab who was pursuing Raymond resting there. Meursault had assumed their confrontation was over and is surprised to find the man there.

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