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Teen FAP Review: The Stranger

The Stranger

By Albert Camus

Short and (bitter) sweet.

Camus’ novel is an excellent classic, that is both thought-provoking and to the point. This existentialist text is about a man, Meursault, who finds himself in a situation where most of us would find very unbecoming. He kills a man. Meursault is just an average man, whose mother dies in the beginning of the book. The peculiar thing that other characters find about him is that he doesn’t cry at her funeral. He proves himself to be a very stoic man when dealing with everyday life. Meursault is the type of man who doesn’t reach for the sky or stars, but much so prefers to be grounded on earth. His almost emotionless response to life leads to his eventual demise.

Camus’ novel is truly fantastic. The moral at the last few paragraphs of the book really make a reader think of his actions and our own perspective on life. It also makes a reader wonder if sometimes we take things a bit over the top. Do we show TOO much emotion? Even as a translated text, the original message is very clear. Camus’ seems to incorporate a large chunk of existentialism  in his character. I recommend this book for anyone in their teens and older. I recommend it for people who like to be stirred up by a novel, and for anyone who dislikes tedious, large books. Camus’ sums up the idea in less than 175 pages.  A must read.

**The above review was written by Yelizaveta as part of the Teen Fine Alternative Program.  If you’re interested in working off fines owed on CLP materials and are between the ages of 12-18, please contact your local CLP location.**

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