JM The Happy Horse (jm_horse) wrote in albert_camus,
JM The Happy Horse

The Outsider

I'm a keen fan of literature, and I picked up a second-hand copy of The Stranger a little while ago. It's the only of Camus' works that I have read.

It left me underwhelmed. I understand the basic concept - that our narrator lacks empathy - and it is an interesting literary exercise. It bothered me, however, that it is implied that the narrator may/would have been acquitted for the murder of the arab if he followed the (often nonsensical) rules of society.

It struck me that our narrator committed a impulsive act - and was punished accordingly - because he couldn't control his anger. I don't see how/why the narrator's lack of empathy is of import.

I must be missing something. But what?
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