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  • AmH

    Nice. The top 2 are a couple of my alltime favourite books. The Stranger also inspired the Cure song…”Killing An Arab”.

    • Sam Dot

      Thanks for reading! Yeah, The Stranger and The Plague are kind of my life… and Killing an Arab isn’t that great of a song but it’s still interesting trivia…

  • Camus once said that James M. Cain’s first novel, the classic “The Postman Always Rings Twice” was a huge influence, stylistically and otherwise, for his “Stranger”.

    • Sam Dot

      Really? I haven’t read much on Camus on his influences except in an interview in Resistance, Rebellion, and Death where he mentioned how much he enjoyed the works of Herman Melville (who pioneered Absurdism). Where’d he say that he was influenced by “TPART”?

    • Caitlyn Park

      I would also be interested to know where Camus mentioned his inspiration for “The Stranger” by “The Postman Always Rings Twice”. I’ve found a few websites that mention that, but none that provide proof such as quotes or references.

  • You might also consider Camus’ short novel “The Growing Stone”>

    • Sam Dot

      First of all “The Growing Stone” is a short story from Exile and the Kingdom. Secondly, I read it and didn’t really care for it much.

    • Sam Dot

      Also, thanks for reading!

  • ParusMajor

    James M. Cain also wrote “Double Indemnity” and “Mildred Pierce”. If you like his stuff, you should also read Horace McCoy’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”

  • Moe

    Camus was also a journalist in Algeria and his articles are all full of this absurdism. But the most beautiful parts of these are the desscription he makes. He borders zola’s realism. No beautiful sentences, figure of style or any overzealous colour for lack of a better word. It is just plain reality that makes existentialism and absurdism all more poignant. If you can get your hands on these articles ( for la republique, edited in french i know), then you have a masterpiece of non fiction writing, everyday thoughts that forged camus’ style.
    Sorry if the spelling is not correct, Im french 🙂

  • Mayss

    The fall is by far and as Sartre pointed out, Camus’s most beautiful and least understood book. though i have not read the last man and it was only his first draft but i truly believe it was to be his masterpiece. I look forward to reading it

  • Paintslayer

    Thanks so much! This is exactly what i was looking for!

  • john

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Nice work!