Re: RARA-AVIS: L'etranger

Bill Hagen (
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 22:34:00 -0600 (CST) I would modify Etienne's "No" to the question of whether The Stranger can
be considered a crime book, in our sense of the word.

Although the book is taught in classrooms as "existential," the main
character is no philosopher; he proposes no "-ism." He considers himself
an ordinary person, of rather fixed habits. He commits a murder for no
compelling reason and doesn't feel particularly guilty. I would think that
the psychology of such a character might be of interest to anyone
interested in crime. Just to bounce off the wall with this, Colin Wilson,
who seems to have made a career writing about true crime (Order of
Assassins: The Psychology of Murder & many others), started with a famous
study of "existential" alienation called The Outsider.

Etienne goes on to say,
>The most obvious, was Camus' reference to Horace Mc
>Coy in the trial sequence of L'Etranger.

I'm interested and missed it the first time. Where does the reference
occur in the novel?

Bill Hagen

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