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PostSubject: Part 1   Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Part 1   Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:41 am

Chapter 1

I felt like it was really helpful to read SparkNotes analysis of this section, I noticed the short quick sentences, the pace of the novel, and the detatched feeling, but the symbolism and other information was really helpful.
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PostSubject: Re: Part 1   Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:16 pm

I read a translators note before beginning this book which helped me to look for the simplistic writing and i liked how the translator stated that the style of writing was 'an artistic sleight of hand that would make the complexities of a man's life appear simple'. I was getting the feeling that Meursault might have ausbergers or something along that line.
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PostSubject: Re: Part 1   Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:26 pm

the protagonist simply related to what and to whom he was with at the moment. IE his pal Raymod who wnated him to write the note to his girlfriend. It seemed reasonable to meursault at the time. he didn't give any consideration to the girl. When raymod was beating the girl it was as if meusault truly believed she had it coming to her just because raymond said so.
That Marie wanted to get married and he had a take it or leave it attitude, yet he had physical desire for her and could appreciate her prettiness. It was like he had a pshycopatic personality that had never een exposed to doing the 'wrong' thing until he connected with raymond.
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PostSubject: Re: Part 1   Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:12 pm

First I have to say that this book flows nicely after The Native Son. There are a lot of parallels in these two books. Social problems with the main character. It is quite interesting that Bauer who composed these classics really had the nack to suggest these writings one after another.

M - the main character does have problems with social settings. He is very nonchallant (sp) about his job and his girlfriend. It seems very sad. M doesn't seem to have many strong characteristics.
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PostSubject: Re: Part 1   Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:48 pm

I thought it was a good book to follow Native Son too. It is interesting the choices for the classics, considering the many, many that are out there!
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