This is my review of Camus: “L’Etranger” and “La Chute” (Critical Guides to French Texts) by Rosemarie Jones.
Rosemarie Jones casts an analytical and academic eye over these two famous works to produce a very accessible book that can be scanned quite quickly, although some of the “deeper” passages require closer reading, probably several times to reflect on exactly what Camus was trying to convey in these novels. Even the spare and minimalist “L’Etranger” can be read on several levels, the more complex and satirical “La Chute” even more so.
This slim volume has helped me to understand these two works. I think it would be very useful for exam purposes. My only reservation is that I would have liked a little more of the context in terms of the influence of Camus’s life and thinking.
The price of around £11 seems a bit steep, but I suppose is inevitable for a specialised text book.