Book Review: The Stranger (L’étranger) by Albert Camus

Have you ever picked up a new book that’s so captivating that you just can’t put down until you reach the last page?

The Stranger (l’étranger) was the un-put-downable book for me of 2020. Written in 1942 by French philosopher, author, and Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus, The Stranger was Camus’ first novel which quickly became a literary classic all around the world. The writing is extremely accessible with a premise that hooks you immediately, transporting you to the main character’s mind, place, and time. I won’t tell you what it’s about, but the content grapples with existentialism, cultural differences, love, sexism, murder, and the death sentence.

I bought this book for only two euros at a second-hand bookshop in Barcelona. I was extremely excited to check it out and read the first 20 pages or so, but when I got home and opened the book, I was severely sucked into it and was not able to put it down until I finished the last page. I read it in its original language, French, which is my third language. And yet, I devoured it in under two hours.

I cannot recommend this book enough, definitely in my top 3 novels. Ever.


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