Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday - Camus' 'The Stranger'

The StrangerIt's Tuesday and it's time to tease you all with some beautiful prose. Then I have to run and get ready for my Graduation Ball, which isn't scary at all.... I never go to balls or anything fancy so the whole dress shopping experience was a little bit terrifying. But anyway, let's get on with the memes!

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.

Intro:
'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.1
I 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.


TeaserTuesdays2014eTeaser:
'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.45
I 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?

20 comments:

  1. that first sentence is definitely an attention grabber!

    trish - my teaser

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  2. I remember really liking this book when I read it (in college, back in the dark ages).

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  3. That opening got my attention.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

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  4. Love the sound of this book and am definitely interested in reading more. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Camus is an interesting writer!

    My teaser this week is from Isaac Asimov http://wp.me/p3Nz8P-su

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  6. I had to read this one in high school and manage to remember nothing about it. That is what happens when a person reads a book when they are too young for it. I'm teasing Ever After by Jude Deveraux on my adult blog this week. It's a romance with ghosts. Happy reading!

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  7. I love this book. It’s one of my favorite classics.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. I have not read Albert Camus. I am not sure about this one, but will look forward to your review. Maybe I need to expand my horizons!

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  9. I read this book many years ago--before I could really appreciate it. I keep meaning to give it a re-read.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-110.html

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  10. Good choice! Love the teaser. I read The Stranger many years ago and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Haven't read any Camus since then -- thanks for reminding me!

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  11. I read The Stranger in my college days. The intro and your enthusiasm make me think it's time for a re-read! Hope you enjoy your Graduation Ball!

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  12. I had never even considered reading this book, but after those excerpts, I am definitely intrigued. Thanks for sharing! Here's mine: “BEFORE WE MET”

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  13. I hope you enjoyed the Graduation Ball!

    I have never read anything by the author you featured today, but I do like the intro for the same reasons you mentioned. Camus has always intimidated me, but you've got me curious about The Stranger. I will have to look for this one.

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  14. I haven't read Camus because I thought his writings would be too deep. After all, I read for entertainment and escape! But the opening paragraph definitely grabbed me. Sounds like a story I'd enjoy.
    My Tuesday post features A Walk in the Woods.

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  15. I guess I'm the outlier. This book bored me. But then I'm not a fan of literary fiction. Hope you enjoy it.

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  16. Great teaser! Very intriguing! Hope you enjoy the rest!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  17. Hmmm...well, I had to read this in high school and did not like it at all. So, for me, no. Not even after 40 years. LOL

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  18. I like the intro and it's one of those books I wanted to try forever.

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