Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Albert Camus's "The Stranger" and "The Plague"

The Stranger is deliberately provocative. Could someone kill another human being without meaning to? And when he does, how would society judge him?

The Plague goes beyond provocation and arrives at the realm of perfection. It is so clear in its conception and so direct in its execution. It is everywhere intended and inevitable. It reminds me of the perfection of The Iliad and of Henry James's The Golden Bowl.

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