The Outsider

Philosophy, meh

If you’re ever jonesing for an existential bummer of a book then ‘The Outsider’, is for you. Fans of absurdism will love reading about a bunch of arseholes, indulging in their varying degrees of arsehole behaviour, and will likely savour the detached indifference of the main character as he gets himself into some major shit. Upon hearing of his fate, he revels – passively of course – in the pointlessness of it all.

Depressing as it sounds, this book is rich with multi layered questions to muse over long after you’ve read it. It will waltz your mind into the abyss, pairing morality and mortality as the only available dance partners, but you’ll probably never work out which one is leading, or who is treading on whose supremely stoic toes.

There is a clear godless message within the viewpoint of the main character that happiness can only be derived from experiencing simple pleasures, for existence is nothing but incidental. As a bedtime book, this will leave you feeling changed somehow – Sunk, or adrift, in exchange for a dreamless sleep.

Simple pleasures indeed. It almost made me wish I believed in god, (momentarily), but I still do believe in chocolate cake and that is close enough. Well done, Albert. Fellow miserable bastard.

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20 comments on “The Outsider”

  1. I totally loved your description, although I am pretty sure this book is not for me:) Your critique, however, made it almost tempting:)👏🏻🎶

  2. Ha, thanks. Ice cream with chocolate cake?…Well, of course! I also highly recommend the dreaming aspect. It is a lost and essential component of living ❤️👍

  3. Damn, I gotta finishing writing my book so you can write a review for it! That is the most engaging book review I’ve read in well, I can’t remember how long! I’m already busy clawing myself out of an abyss! That one is gonna have to wait for me to get over the next hill. This week has been full of terrible environment-related news and I just didn’t have the gumption to try and put a positive spin on it. So, let sleeping wolves lie, because I’m feeling like a tempest inside.

  4. Christ, we read this at school, and we are still disturbed by the effect it had on us. I was mostly upset about the treatment towards the ‘filthy cur’ of a dog, and still want to rescue it.

    P.S This is my second attempt at leaving a comment, I think WordPress is having a hissy fit with me.

  5. Thanks for following the philosophy site, I’m still compiling some of the pages but there is a lot for you to explore…

  6. It might be worth reading as a hoot, if I had time. I don’t think it would be wise at bedtime, though…not for me anyway.

  7. Thanks so much. Would be delighted to read and review. Sorry to hear, hopefully you can match the misery of your week with something delightful and relaxing instead ❤️🤗

  8. Ah, another who found that disturbing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate you. I am completely with you regarding the dog. In fact, I almost abandoned the book halfway for the very same reason. You would not have had any choice of course, having read it at school. Interesting that you still remember the effect which goes to show how much power words and literature have over shaping our own emotional landscape and lives ❤️👍

  9. Yes, definitely invest in something more conducive to relaxation. There is a fine balance between stimulating and entertaining one’s mind in a way that you feel satisfied and an outright mind melt. Too exciting – crime drama or mystery for example – and you won’t want to go to sleep. Too dry – academia, etc – and you’ll probably go to sleep from boredom. Great cure for insomnia! 😂. Humour or heartfelt prose usually works for me ❤️👍

  10. The Stranger, The Plague, The Outsider – what better writer to comment on the absurdity of the times. I should from absurdity. I live in the town where Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead) lives. Still hoping to meet him.

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