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Un homme face à l'absurdité de la vie, le plus célèbre roman d'Albert Camus

L'Étranger est un jeune homme qui semble à part, sans réaction apparente, indifférent à sa vie même. Albert Camus dépeint là un être sensible, proche de la nature, mais incapable de suivre les conventions sociales. Il est "vrai ", dit ce qu'il pense sans nuance, se souciant peu des réactions qu'il suscite. Ce décalage le mènera à sa perte. Défini comme un roman philosophique, L'Étranger parle de l'absurdité de la vie, thème cher à l'auteur.

Dans ce livre audio, le comédien Michael Lonsdale prête sa voix à L'Étranger. Il en restitue avec finesse la personnalité décalée, d'apparence froide. Par sa distance, il vous invite à méditer sur votre propre existence.

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"18 juillet. Hier à midi, sur la plage de Tipaza, un employé de bureau dénommé Meursault, demeurant rue Bab-Azoun à Alger, a tué de cinq balles de revolver un Arabe non encore identifié. Les motifs du crime restent inconnus. Arrêté, Meursault a été transféré à la prison d'Alger." Jugé, reconnu coupable de meurtre avec préméditation, condamné à mort et exécuté, on ne saura jamais pourquoi Meursault a tué. Il assiste à son procès comme si c'était un autre qu'on jugeait. Une profonde réflexion sur l'être et la vie.
©1942 Éditions Gallimard (P)1986/ 2007 Enregistrement Audivis/ Éditions Gallimard

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French modern classic

Short French modern classic that is reflective and atmospheric, suitable for French learners (at least intermediate level though).

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good writing, bad ideas

The best thing for me about reading this book is that I was able to read it in French. I think Camus is good at unveiling his idea and disclosing the main character. But the idea and the main character are so disagreable that I had to force myself to open the book every time until I finished it. It is fairly short though, that's something I am thankful to the author for.

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What would have made L'Étranger better?

it starts with something unintelligible , then weird music for a while and then it appears to start randomly, so first time it started halfway through and since it goes back to the start which is pretty annoying, normally when you log back in the next day it carries on where you eft of

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  • 05-04-18

Wonderful interpretation

The narrator's Meursault is queerly monotonous and chillingly calm throughout. The pathological character is thus brilliantly brought to life.

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  • 19-05-16

Nice story but boringly read and too much music

The story is good but the narrator seems to be sleeping while reading. Also far too much music playing. We buy the book to have the story read to us, not to have so much bad music at the end of every chapter (30 seconds every time, very irritating)

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  • 12-09-20

Formidable!

A narration that makes you feel like the story is being told by that who wrote it, and the plot, as if narrated from that who lived it. It leaves me with a slightly sour aftertaste like a sweet fruity wine and a casually profound understanding of the mind of a lonely human, who lives led by honesty and tolerance.

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  • Michael Spencer
  • 19-03-20

A riveting story with a perfect end

A journey of a man looking for a face to find one at the end...Camus is brilliant.

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  • Isaque
  • 02-01-18

"Aujourd'hui maman est morte!"

Um livro sensacional. É o retrato da impossibilidade da vida no absurdo. Uma implosão a cada frase dita pelo "herói do absurdo". Leitura mais do que recomendada.