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The Stranger by Albert Camus - my review, analysis and overall summary

In keeping with my plan to write up a review for every book I read, the most recent book in my bookshelf is The Stranger, by Albert Camus. This is a short story, written in 1942. The year is important. In fact, it may be the only important part of this book. There is no reason to beat around the bush, I did not like  The Stranger . It's only saving grace was it's brevity. It felt great to finish an entire book while waiting at the doctor's office. One book - one waiting period. Excellent. But that is where my praise for the book ends. If you were to visit goodreads.com or even Amazon, you would find nearly all 4 and 5 star reviews. Most people regard this book as a classic.  And every once in a while you will find a 1 star review, similar to what I am about to write. Basically, this story is boring. It is boring, boring, boring. Almost nothing happens. Yes, there is a murder. But the murder is boring. The trial is boring. People are generally enthralled with the main charac