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The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus: Summary & Analysis

Narrated by: Kevin Theis
Length: 30 mins
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This is a summary and analysis of "The Myth of Sisyphus". "The Myth of Sisyphus" is a 1942 philosophical essay by Albert Camus. The English translation by Justin O'Brien was first published in 1955.

In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man's futile search for meaning, unity, and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: "No. It requires revolt." He then outlines several approaches to the absurd life. The final chapter compares the absurdity of man's life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, "The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

The work can be seen in relation to other absurdist works by Camus: the novel The Stranger (1942), the plays The Misunderstanding (1942) and Caligula (1944), and especially the essay "The Rebel" (1951).

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Ok

A short, cursory summary in an annoying voice. Good enough for government work. Would have liked more content.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-2018

Easy starting point

Very basic breakdown and understanding done in a nice way. Very quick introduction to Camus

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  • Ian Seale
  • 01-08-2018

Pretty accurate

Nice primer for those somehow finding themselves a bit lost in the actual text. My only criticism is it's to short, ie. not enough depth. Then again if you wanted that you would just read the actual book. But it isn't on audible... damn learning disabilities

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  • John Ciccariello
  • 18-04-2018

interesting

just a summary, but interesting. read reviews. it give an interesting look. but I wish it was the essay itself.

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  • HH
  • 17-03-2017

Comprehensive Overview and Detailed Analysis

Very helpful summary and analysis for me. I had to read The Myth of Sisyphus for school, so I checked to see if there was an audio summary of it. Great narration by Kevin Theis. I've heard this book by Albert Camus is a slog to get through, so I was happy to get this instead and get the key takeaways.

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  • Grant Middlebrook
  • 16-03-2017

This is not the story of Sisyphus, just a review of the story

Don't be fooled, this is not what you are looking for if you are actually trying to get the story of Sisyphus in audio version

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  • Charlie Harris
  • 27-04-2017

Just a summary by the author

If you're looking for the actual book, this is just a summary! I missed that when buying on mobile and it was a waste of an Audible credit...

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  • stephen scott
  • 01-02-2019

Just a bunch of opinions. No facts were used.

it's hard to believe anything that is not supported with facts this book wasn't good

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  • Nze kkuc akabusi
  • 03-04-2018

Great Topic read to quickly to absorb

Great topic read to quickly to absorb in one sitting. Definitely requires familiarity with Camus and the myth in question but well worth the effort of listening a few times, which being so short is no hardship.

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  • Mike GMT
  • 19-09-2017

Interesting take on Sisyphus

It is just a short essay. I would have loved a more in-depth analysis. The reader doesn't help as he is putting too much patos.