The Fall (1956)

May 1st, 2019 at 12:27:33 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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The Fall (1956) by Albert Camus was one of those novels that had a profound effect on me as a young man.

The Fall is basically a monologue by Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a successful lawyer admired by men and pursued by women. Without giving away too much as a spoiler, the name of the book refers to the fall of mankind at the Garden of Eden.

For some reason, I remember "The Fall" along with "The Trial" , a novel written by Franz Kafka between 1914 and 1915 and published posthumously in 1925.
I must have read them both around the same time.

I think I was more intellectual at age 25 then I am at age 61.

Has anyone else ever read the book?
May 1st, 2019 at 12:44:15 PM permalink
terapined
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Never heard of the book
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May 1st, 2019 at 1:09:00 PM permalink
DRich
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I was not familiar with "The Fall" but I just read the Wikipedia and it was interesting. I don't think I will read the book, the synopsis was enough for me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fall_(Camus_novel)
May 1st, 2019 at 1:10:48 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Way over my head when I tried to
read it in the 60's.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
May 1st, 2019 at 7:57:28 PM permalink
kenarman
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I read 'The Stranger' in my teens. I am not sure I finished it and I retained little of it other than the overall theme which I found very heavy and somewhat disconcerting for my view of the world at the time.
"but if you make yourselves sheep, the wolves will eat you." Benjamin Franklin
May 1st, 2019 at 8:45:12 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: kenarman
I read 'The Stranger' in my teens.

Hell of a plot.

May 1st, 2019 at 10:32:54 PM permalink
Evenbob
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At 3min in I was so bored I quit watching.
Another one crossed off the list.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.