What is very interesting is that the priest cannot accept this as an answer. The Priest who comes to him at the end is actually quite certain that he will be freed.
So, he has to assume Meursault is either lying to him or is trying to taunt him.
Not this little black duck. Now, this is a reasonable response. The most interesting part of the book to me was the very end, the conversation with the priest. Now, if I was in that cell I would have argued with the priest too — but I would not have argued in the same way that Meursault argues.
And look, yes, there is much to this — but this ends up being too easy. So, what can I say? This makes the conversation with the priest fascinatingly interesting.
To the priest the prisoner who is facing death is — by necessity — someone who is interested in God.
In high school friends one of them even became my ex-wife told me it was a great book about a man condemned to die because he was an outsider. I am definitely not the same kind of Atheist as Camus.
Later I was told that this book was a story about something much like the Azaria Chamberlain case.
It is the absurdity of human conventions that has us doing such things. I had gotten the distinct impression from all of my previous discussions about this book that the guy ends up dead. To Camus there is no truth, the world is essentially absurd and all that exists is the relative truth an individual places on events and ideas.
I particularly liked the man who kept falling behind in the march to the cemetery and would take short cuts. The world is not allowed to have such a person in it — if such a person really did exist then it would be a fundamental challenge to the core beliefs of the priest.
In fact, this is not the case — he ends up at the point in his life where he has no idea if he will be freed or not. But after 30 years of avoiding reading this book I have finally relented and read it.
Okay, so it is black humour, but Camus was more or less French — so black humour is more or less obligatory. For the last thirty years I have studiously avoided reading this book.The book is simply written and a rather quick read, but the depth Camus manages to convey through this simplicity is astounding.
I think a problem a lot of people have with this book is that they fail to look beyond the whole "what is the meaning of life" message.Download