50 Books To Read Before You Die

The Stranger

Author: Albert Camus
Released: 1942
Genre: Drama

Be warned, Albert Camus' The Stranger, an existential brain-challenger of a novel, isn't ideal summer beach reading. More suitable for a cold winter full of nights spent indoors, The Stranger is, nevertheless, a required page-turner for those partial to allegorical character studies.

Here, the main character is Meursault, an Algerian man who murders an Arab guy, heads to prison, and awaits his execution. Camus splits the narrative into two parts, focusing on Meursault's mind-state before the killing and after the deed, the latter portion of the novel transpiring behind bars and with probing insight.

Fun Fact: In one scene from Will Ferrell's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Sacha Baron Cohen, as French race car driver Jean Girard, is seen reading a copy of The Stranger while in mid-race.

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