The Myth of Sisyphus, and Other Essays

The Myth of Sisyphus, and Other Essays

Book - 1955
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One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide; the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1955.
ISBN: 9780679733737
Branch Call Number: 844 C211m
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 22 cm.


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There are some insightful ideas about what constitutes a real life, one where living to your fullest even though you know there is no "meaning of life" is the answer. To face the absurd and thrive in the face of it is the ultimate life well-lived. He almost loses his point by writing as if his audience is a group of Philosophy doctorates, so I would not recommend this to someone unless they have a working knowledge of that subject.

Sep 07, 2016

The essays at the end are touching even if a bit waffling; the title essay is a literary essay on a philosophical topic, and its so poorly structured that its hard to follow the argument, although it does have many interesting sentences in it. There is virtually no editing at all: who is Chestov? what are the works being referred to? or even the events being referred to? I should think that after sixty years they could have tracked them down (seventy four years, if you count from the French edition).

Apr 05, 2015

A lovely discussion by a north-African about the distinction between hope and lucidity. The author equivocates, because hope is overrated (at least in European societies), but ultimately advocates a balance between them.

Nov 12, 2012

I originally just wanted to move a few large stones around my yard but ended up on a enlightening journey through the valley of existentialism that border the high cliffs where philosophical suicide reside beside the open sky's of facticity purgatory. Next time maybe I will mow the lawn or just read Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass'.

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