The Fall

The Fall

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Elegantly styled, Camus' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer's confessions is a searing study of modern amorality.
Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 1957.
ISBN: 9780307827814
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

Camus’s short novel reads as a monologue, narrated by the protagonist of the story, Clamence. His past is immersed in guilt and shame as he spills out his painful memories. As he confesses more and more, he reveals the moral consequences he faces as a result of continual wavering over decisions. While reflecting on his past, his lies and contradictions become apparent. He tries to escape judgment from others by calling his own ethics and values into question. Camus essentially surrenders his morality through Clamence to demonstrate an individual who is trying to attain absolute freedom. However, in Clamence’s case, he fails to identify intentions with consequences, and he succumbs to nihilistic fantasies of the world. Often one of Camus’s overlooked works, The Fall probes the human condition as succinctly and emotionally as any of his books.

Aug 29, 2017

A great novella, it can take its place between "Master And Man", "Hadji Murad", and "Chronicle Of A Death Foretold". Moves from a blabbering guy in a bar in Amsterdam through unreliable narration, using an increasing number of aphorisms, each developing on the previous one to address matters of life and death, good and evil, and responsibility. On the one hand one can see it as a portrait of disgraceful man and on the other a careful refraction of the soul of the reader.

Feb 02, 2016

"The portrait that this holds out to our contemporaries becomes a mirror." Accepted . . . with a shudder.

BTW the band, The Fall, originally called something else, took their name from this book

Aug 20, 2015

Absolutely one of Camus' very best works--a neglected masterpiece. Note that the form of the book--direct address to the reader, therefore a monologue--is the same as that of the new novel "The Meursault Investigation", by Kamel Daoud, which is a reply to and a meditation on, Camus' "The Stranger". Also a must-read.

theorbys Nov 12, 2013

Camus is a great writer and thinker. My 3.5 stars here is just a personal reaction to this book. The long rambling confessional was easy enough to read, but I can't say I enjoyed it or saw much of value in it. Again it's personal. I'm in no way claiming it is not great literature. That I do not know.

Dec 28, 2011

A former Parisian lawyer in Amsterdam reflects on his life as he hangs outs drinking gin. Never having married, he's extremely egotistical with regard to his own omni-potence and superiority. Written in 1st person, this is a 'stream of consiousness,' kind of novel, addressed to the reader in a very personal manner. Not much action, but the book is interesting.

Aug 14, 2010

This book was horrible for me. I read the Stranger before it which was great but didn't live up to the hype. I gave up after 80 pages on this one. It just felt like a huge waste of time. It was one of those books you feel like you are forcing yourself to read just so you can say that you have read it in conversations. There is no worthwhile plot, just inner monologue and its not a book your gonna read for fun. I think this is one of those books for the intellectual crowd but not for the common man.

Aug 07, 2010

One of my favorites. This is the one book I picked up in the original French while in Paris. Actually set in Amsterdam, in a bar, this is the wandering tale of a modern man at odds with the world. Stop into the bar and hear his tale delivered in charming confidential dialogues.


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