Today I'm using The Stranger by Albert Camus which keeps popping up in my life so I finally decided to bite the bullet and read it. Absurd literature is something I usually need a bit of time for because I like taking a moment out of the reading and try to actually grasp what's happening.
Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sundrenched Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed the "nakedness of man faced with the absurd."Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesdays is hosted over at A Daily Rhythm.
'Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY. Which leaves the matter doubtful; it could have been yesterday. The Home for Aged Persons is at Marengo, some fifty miles from Algiers. With the two o’clock bus I should get there well before nightfall. Then I can spend the night there,keeping the usual vigil beside the body, and be back here by tomorrow evening. I have fixed up with my employer for two days’ leave; obviously, under the circumstances, he couldn’t refuse. Still, I had an idea he looked annoyed, and I said, without thinking: “Sorry, sir, but it’s not my fault, you know.” 'p.1I have read this beginning a number on time on different blogs and I just really love it. The voice of the narrator is quite sassy and really strong as well. I really liked Camus' The Plague and the setting of Algiers was really fascinating, so I can't wait to get into this one.
'I can honestly say that during the eleven months these examinations lasted I got so used to them that I was almost surprised at having ever enjoyed anything better than those rare moments when the magistrate, after escorting me to the door of the office, would pat my shoulder and say in a friendly tone: "Well, Mr. Antichrist, that's all for the present!"' p.45I read this and just new that I had to share it, I mean, look at it! The final sentence is so unexpected, at least completely out of context it is, and I really want to read more now so I can see what this whole book is about.
So, that was me for today! What are you teasing with this fine Tuesday?