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Posts Tagged ‘Albert Camus’

The Best Worst One-Star Reviews of Books

The Love Reading, Hate Books blog collects one-star reviews from Amazon and Goodreads, sharing the opinions of readers who hated reading classic works of literature.

The collected reviews range from a one-sentence dismissal of James Joyce to a reader frustrated by Sylvia Plath‘s The Bell Jar. Here is a classic angry response to Albert Camus‘ The StrangerCheck it out:

I read this book in High School and hated it with such a passion I still remember it (11 years later). I was initially interested in it because we were studying philosophy and after a few questionnaires and stuff like that I was tagged as being an existentialist. From the way they described it it sounded about right and I was looking forward to reading a book centered pretty heavily around that. I was greatly disappointed when we started the book, but wanted to give it a chance, but it (like the main character) never really got going. I may be wrong but my take on existentialism isn’t sit around bored and lazy all day until something external changes your life. If this book is what existentialism is about I’m an anti-existentialist.

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Teju Cole Mixes Classic Lit & Drones on Twitter

Novelist Teju Cole published “Seven short stories about drones” on Twitter, mixing in violent unmanned aerial vehicle imagery with classic first lines from literature.

Web artist Josh Begley collected the short stories in a Storify post (embedded below).

The short short stories referenced seven famous novels. We’ve linked to free copies of the books, when available. The are, in order: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ulysses by James Joyce, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Trial by Franz Kafka, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and The Stranger by Albert Camus.

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