One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus—featured here in a stand-alone edition—is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide—the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.
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Et tu, Camus?
I am way too stupid to understand this book.
This has nothing to do with Camus
I realize this is a book about Absurdism, but does that mean it needs to be printed all wonkadoo? It starts on page 115, and then jumps to page 19 somewhere about a quarter through and then repeats itself. Who printed this? If this is on purpose, I love it...but somehow I doubt that...you screwed up my plane reading. *adult tantrum* Teaches me not to support local bookstores.
Albert Camus - The Gift of Thought
There is nothing to dislike - this is Albert Camus - If he has written it, most should have the desire to read it."Do not wait for the final judgment. It takes place every day."
Good but incomplete diagnosis of the human condition, slightly purple prose
My favorite chapter of The Myth of Sisyphus is the first, in which Camus diagnoses the existential position of man in the cosmos as absurd. On the one hand we grasp for meaning, we grasp for knowledge, completeness, control. On the other hand, the universe defies our attempts at knowledge, meaning, completion and control. The gap between our sense-grasping nature and the senselessness of the world Camus dubs the Absurd. And, my two cents, he's pretty much right, and describes it pretty well.His conclusions on what to do about it are a bit confused and come without much foundation though. I agree we should live with it, but the only argument he gives for that is because life is more full if we dare look it square in the face and don't deny the realities we're given. Sure, the absurd rules out objective values and an objective compass, but why does this mean that what Camus styles "the most living" all of a sudden is dictated?The chapters on the Absurd Man, Absurd Creation and Sisyphus likewise fail to satisfy, though containing interesting discussions to varying degrees.In summary, a good book for anyone who wants to come face to face with humanity's place in the world, a good book for anyone who needs to hear that there's no solution, a bad book for anyone interested in a sensible argument about what to do as we live without that solution.
Is suicide the answer?
This book is beautifully written with passages that will truly stir your heart and paint vivid pictures of the concepts being expressed. Furthermore, it is an important work for anyone who has found themselves searching for meaning in the chaos we call life. And therein lies the heart of the work itself. For me, it was an important read at the right time in my life.
Excellent look at the absurd
Very finely put together view of the world, as the absurd spectacle it is. Madness viewed from within the existence au solitaire of a modern human being cast out into the abyss that is umwelt. Albert Camus, brilliant scribe and thinker, left at a far too young age. Gone but never forgotten. Undoubtedly a masterpiece, read it.
Interesting analysis of the absurd
Interesting analysis of the absurd ("This world in itself is not reasonable, that is all that can be said. But what is absurd is the confrontation of this irrational and the wild longing for clarity whose call echoes in the human heart. The absurd depends as much on man as on the world." p.21) and throught its lens a review of Kierkegaard, Husserl, Dostoevsky and Kafka
Fantastic book, the cover is visually striking, and at a great price. 5 Star
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A good quality book, would recommend this seller
The book arrived in a great condition. The print is clear and crisp and even the pages feel like good quality paper. I'd recommend it. Camus's works are treat to read.