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On October 16, 1957, Albert Camus was dining in a small restaurant on Paris' Left Bank when a waiter approached him with news: the radio had just announced that Camus had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Camus insisted that a mistake had been made and that others were far more deserving of the honor than he. Yet Camus was already recognized around the world as the voice of a generation - a status he had achieved with dizzying speed. He published his first novel, The Stranger, in 1942 and emerged from the war as the spokesperson for the Resistance and, although he consistently rejected the label, for existentialism. Subsequent works of fiction (including the novels The Plague and The Fall), philosophy (notably, The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel), drama, and social criticism secured his literary and intellectual reputation. And then on January 4, 1960, three years after accepting the Nobel Prize, he was killed in a car accident.

In a book distinguished by clarity and passion, Robert Zaretsky considers why Albert Camus mattered in his own lifetime and continues to matter today, focusing on key moments that shaped Camus' development as a writer, a public intellectual, and a man.

The book was published by Cornell University Press.

©2010 Cornell University (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

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  • G. Milner
  • 07-04-2016

Probably a good book -- not a very good reader

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Wish I would have just bought the print book. The reader is awkward and stiff and distracting to listen to.

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  • wbiro
  • 07-06-2018

Good Quick Window Into His Life

It was brief, but it touched on many salient points - about his life and his thinking, and his relationship to his thinking. I did not know what his thinking was until now (and this is not the place to critique it), so the book did a good job in introducing what he thought and the depth of his thoughts - especially on Algeria, enough for a good analysis and critique.

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  • fern
  • 18-11-2015

majordisappoimtment

Would you try another book from Robert Zaretsky and/or Daniel Galvez II?

definitely not

What do you think your next listen will be?

sir horne's hubris

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniel Galvez II?

someone who could pronounce ALBERT CAMUS 's name- and had a working ability to pronounce French words

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Albert Camus: Elements of a Life?

all of it

Any additional comments?

yes- I want my credits back!

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  • Stephen Cavill
  • 25-06-2017

Good book impaired

Zaretskys book appears to be an interesting read. I write read rather than listen as the narration is poor. It sounds mechanical and uneven with plenty of mispronunciation, almost as if read by a machine. There are even parts where the reader has to repeat himself as he gets something wrong. The rhythm is particularly unnatural jolting and irritating. The result is that at times I found myself concentrating more on the poor reading than on what was being read, thus missing a great deal. My advice is either to buy the book as well (as backup) or simply buy the book and give the audio book a miss.