The Outsider by Albert Camus

The Outsider

Albert Camus with Joseph Laredo (Translator)

119 pages first pub 1942 (editions)

fiction classics literary philosophy dark reflective medium-paced

Description

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthe...

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Moods

reflective 81%
dark 67%
challenging 28%
tense 25%
sad 19%
emotional 18%
mysterious 17%
funny 4%
inspiring 3%
adventurous 2%
informative 2%
relaxing 2%
hopeful 1%

Pace

medium 47%
fast 35%
slow 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 69% | A mix: 22% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

No: 45% | It's complicated: 38% | Yes: 15% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

No: 57% | It's complicated: 33% | Yes: 7% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 70% | Yes: 11% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 2%

Average rating

3.82

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