Should people fear or accept someone sans emotions, someone who sees lust as love? No matter how tolerant people claim to be, there is a line that separates different from anomaly.
Such is the character of the protagonist Meursault, who is unmoved at his mother’s funeral. He refuses to grieve and goes on a pleasure trip with his fiancee the same day.
Subsequently he is tried in the court for another crime, but his guilt or innocence is determined not on basis of what he did, but what he is.
He is tried for being an outsider.
The novel addresses the problem of the nihilist.
A must- read for breaking the strands of prejudice that exists in our society,where different is not very far from condemned.
Notable quotes from the book
‘Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure’
‘I had only a little time left and I didn’t want to waste it on God’
‘Since we’re all going to die, it’s obvious that when and how don’t matter’
Thickness : Pretty thin. 116 pages of sheer thinking.
Publisher : Penguin
Cost : Rs. 259
A black raven in his high, a white dove in his sanity. Satyabrat Mishra has been reading ever since he laid his hands on a phantom comics as a toddler. He loves Pablo Neruda, Rabindranath Tagore, Ayn Rand, Mark Twain and hates Chetan Bhagat’s gibberish.We found him in Oxford Book Store trying to steal Gibran. We have roped in him in to review books for the Broken Scooter.