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Makes you think

  • Jul 2, 2010
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I should start out by saying that this book shouldn't be read by someone who wants something to read casually before going to bed. This is a work of literature and really makes you think hard about some of the things that are a big part of all of our lives. 

This is the kind of book that you will either love, or you will hate. It introduces you to a character named Meursault whose careless attitude towards everything in the world will either anger you enough to put down the book, or intrigue you into reading more. 

Meursault lives a life that is devoid of any emotion. Marie, Meursault's girlfriend, does not even have a place in his heart. Meursault has abandoned anything emotional and lives just for the physical, and around this idea is what Camus focuses the book. 

Meursault commits a crime and at his trial the focus is not on the crime, but his lack of emotion and feeling for those around him. The book makes you think about religion, emotion, and the way people think. 

The book is short, but it contains a lot to think about. Anyone that likes thinking about the world form a more philosophical point of view will love this book, but I encourage everyone to at least give reading it a try. You may hate it or you may love it, but either way it is a worthwhile read if you get through it.

 

 

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