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What are your thoughts on The Fall by Albert Camus?

Here are some resources on it I would like to share with you:

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQCsSuj3LgA (rare BBC documentary)

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYuEwEhOzRs (a lecture about The Plague and The Fall. He starts talking about The Fall about halfway through.)

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7UiShv7a8A (continuation of the previous lecture, entirely dedicated to The Fall.)


Horribly under discussed. My favorite work Camus ever wrote. Prose in the last chapter always moves me.

But it's the hardest plot to explain to others. Most times I tried to, whoever I was talking to ended up thinking it was about how people are only good for selfish reasons. It seemed to confuse people that someone would want to make themselves look bad just to make humanity look inherently and permanently evil.


I need to watch these lectures, thanks OP.

I really enjoyed The Fall, and I thought that the 2nd person writing style across a whole book was great, very well done by Camus.


I don't think I've read it yet, so i'll have a look at these videos as I really love his writing ~ I'm finding it hard to imagine it'd be as difficult a read as The Rebel which I've attempted to get into a number of times only to be distracted by another author or the book has seemingly disappeared into my reading pile...


i read it a couple years ago, i'll need to reread it again. it was very interesting though, i thought it was definitely more interesting than the stranger.


Camus' best work imo. So many ways to interpret it

I have read all of Camus' books. For me the Rebel and the Myth of Sisyphus were a bit more difficult to derive meaning from because I dont have the philosophical background that helps when reading those works.

For me, the Fall was a huge wake up. Camus forced me to be honest with myself, to accept that I am not innocent, just like everyone else.

The plot setup is perfect. Also the background details that surround the story of the Just Judges was amazing! I spent an equal amount of time reading about the story of the Just Judges, which is a mystery novel in real life.

Camus drops some powerful one liners throughout the novel that shed light on mans condition in a Post Nietzschean world. For example, he notes that France (and all of Europe, for that matter) is chiefly concerned with "ideas and fornication".

I could talk about this book forever, it is one of my favorite books of all time.


Oh man this thread is good. It cannot die.


I haven't read any of his books yet, I wanted to when I was having existential breakdowns and kept wondering how one could be a cool guy like I heard Camus was while thinking about that anguishing stuff.

I'll read him sometime soon, I do have La Peste. The book, not the sickness.


fuarrrk, the lecture isn't on jewtube anymore


It's one of those books on my list. I loved The Plague... so cool


do lains have pdfs of his works?