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Book Review

'The Outsider'-An Amazing Story

Abritty Abdullah

Novels that are full of dramatic turns, heroic moves and legends, make a place in our mind for quite a while. The heart breaking tragedies, the vivid representation of love and relationships, the headstrong social conditions etc, make us all emotionally involved with the stories. Even absurd stories of vampires, werewolves and witches get most widely read around the world. However, there is such a novel which serves none of the above. This particular work has been written with pure simplicity. A person, his conscience, his general thoughts are presented through his actions in the story. There is nothing extravagant or falsely imposed on the protagonist's character. The novel shows the existence of a normal human being without any extraordinary influences. 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus is the true representation of pure existence. A survey reviewed in guardian reveals 'The Outsider' as the book most often mentioned as having helped men get through their life. A person's psyche and thoughts are nakedly presented through his character. Meursault, the character does not have any fake identity or does not pretend to be anything at any situation. He is just what he is. Whatever he has in his mind are visible through his actions. If he wants to smile he will, if he does not feel like smiling, he will not. Meursault did not cry at his mother's funeral, he was indifferent towards everything and that is how he has been throughout his life. Meursalt does not fake emotions just to comfort people. He is a person unchanged and untouched by the bourgeois society. He is a free soul, and finds it hard to pretend even when his life is at stake. It is the ultimate result of believing in the own self and turning out to be hostile for the society. One can form a connection with the novel, and not for a while, but forever. Numerous times in a day where we end up not being ourselves, this story can pull through. Ultimately, believing in what we are and what we mean is the key to making a bad situation worth cherishing. Albert Camus portrayed a regular man's regular story witha spontaneous flow of thoughts. The story is as if we are talking to ourselves, speaking our minds. The story is what we do not do for living, where we continuously try making adjustments and finally the story is about how the society jeopardizes our existence. This story, leaves a permanent mark in the brain. 'The Outsider' is the representation of our subconscious psyche, where existence matters more than anything. Eveyrtime I read this novel, I visit the secret house hidden in my head, which has been abandoned for years by the negligence of my false wants and pretentious existence.

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