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Yan!! Camus

Original post by Standard member T1000, 13 Nov '02 23:58
  1. Joined : 29 Jul '01
    Moves : 60863
    As in Albert Camus right? I studied L'étranger for French A-Level (the
    exams you do at 18 for any non UK people). That and "Les Mains
    Salles" by Sartre. We had this great teacher who used to bang on
    about existentialism. At that age I had no idea that people thought
    and wrote about that kind of thing. Was intoxicating, facinating stuff.

    Yan (or anyone for that matter), I'd like to read another book by
    Camus. L'étranger was superb. I started reading "The Plague" (in
    English) I think it was called but didn't finish it. Should I give it
    another crack? What would you recommend?

    Mark
    The closet existentialist (oo-er)

    PS I seem to remember someone telling me that Camus played as a
    goalkeeper for Algeria. Is this true?
  2. Ming the Merciless
    Royal Oak, MI
    Joined : 09 Sep '01
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    I have read "The Plague", "The Fall", and "The Myth of Sisyphus", all
    of which I would recommend.

    I have heard many stories about Camus but have never heard of him
    playing goalkeeper, which doesn't necessarily mean it isn't true.

    "Nausea" by Sartre is also a good one if you haven't read it already.
  3. Joined : 27 Feb '02
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    The power of Google! A search for "Camus soccer" shows that Albert
    played goalkeeper for Racing Universitaire of Algiers from 1928-30.
  4. Joined : 29 Jul '01
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    Nice one Jake!

    Upon further investigation I found the following quote:

    "All I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to
    football"

    And another which I'll put for no other reason other than I like it:

    "A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images."

    Which, actually thinking about it, is very much what L'étranger is, or at
    least what I found it to be. Existential ideas (or at least what we were
    taught was existentialism) seem to run through every scene
    and "image".

    Mark
    The Squirrel Lover

  5. Joined : 29 Jul '01
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    Thanks for the reply Rob. I think I'll give the Plague another go.

    You're not the first person to recommend Nausea by Sartre to me (the
    other person was a very distinguished, deeply intellectual boffin so
    you're in good company!). I think I'll see if I can get hold of a copy
    from somewhere.

    Thanks again :o)

    Mark
    The Squirrel Lover
  6. Vive le Québec!
    Hungry Bay, Québec
    Joined : 01 Mar '02
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    The plague was good but the fall was better! But nothing to compare
    with L'étranger!! That was a master piece!!! For Sartre... well nausea
    is good but a bit too philosophical to me! from Sartre I recommend
    (sorry the title will be in french) Huis Clos!

    Yan
  7. Joined : 08 Feb '02
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    Olivier Todd wrote a verry good biographie on Camus: "Albert Camus
    A Live". It tells a lot about his life, his work and his relation to Sartre.
    And yes it tells that Camus loved football and because he had great
    astma problems (he nearly died of it) goalkeper was the only
    possibility to play the game.
    I think that if you want to have a compleet view on the filosofie of
    Camus you should read L'étranger, Le mythe de Sysiphe, La Peste,
    L'homme révolté et la Chute. Joost
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