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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Guest by Albert Camus. The Guest by Albert Camus. An Algerian schoolteacher develops a strange alliance with the Arab prisoner temporarily left in his charge, giving him the chance to select his own destiny.

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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Guest. Apr 20, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: french , literature , short-stories , 20th-century. It was first published in as part of a collection entitled Exile and the Kingdom. Camus employs this short tale to reflect upon issues raised by the political situation in French North Africa.

In particular, he explores the problem of refusing to take sides in the colonial conflict in Algeria, something that mirrors Camus' own non-aligned stance which he had set out in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Jun 21, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Easily located as an online, The Guest is a short work that can be read in less than an hour, a tale written in twenty-nine short paragraphs, each paragraph sectioned off with its own paragraph number, giving the impression Camus wanted to clearly delineate his existential musings at each point in the story. The story begins when the main character, a schoolmaster by the name of Daru, watches from his empty schoolhouse built on a steep hillside in the Algerian desert as two men approach, one an old gendarme French police officer on horseback and the other an Arab walking with his hands bound by a rope.

Once they are all seated in the schoolroom, Daru asks where the two of them are headed. The old gendarme, Balducci by name, a man Daru has known for a long time, tells Daru how it is with him and the Arab. I'm going back to El Ameur. And you will deliver this fellow to Tinguit. He is expected at police headquarters.

Those are the orders. I'm not. What's the meaning of that? In wartime people do all kinds of jobs. But the orders exist and they concern you too. Things are brewing, it appears.

There is talk of a forthcoming revolt. For existential writers such as Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, accepting the responsibility of freedom and making our own decisions and choices, thereby defining who we really are as individuals, is of prime importance.

And Camus writes with the same sparse, clean prose we find in The Stranger. He felt a sort of rapture before the vast familiar expanse, now almost entirely yellow under its dome of blue sky. They walked an hour more, descending toward the south. They reached a level height made up of crumbly rocks. From there on, the plateau sloped down, eastward, toward a low plain where there were a few spindly trees and, to the south, toward outcroppings of rock that gave the landscape a chaotic look.

What really strikes me is the precision of language. Nothing is wasted -- not a word, not an image, nor the briefest encounter. It is as if Camus is performing laser surgery on the human condition. View all 20 comments. Jun 21, Florencia rated it it was amazing Shelves: french , favorites , philosophyland.

I have nothing to fear. Actually, many times, since I was a catechist at my church. In one of our many complicated theological debates, I asked him about fate; its possibilities and limitations.

If there is such a thing, how it could complement the idea of man's freedom? To me, rationally, the concept of free will did not seem to match the notion of fate. If everything has been seen by this omniscient God, is there something left for me to choose? Am I Why? Am I drinking tea or coffee because of him? Am I happy or miserable because of things that have been already decided? Why didn't I get a memo or something, just to check before? There was never going to be a memo because we are all sinners and we deserve nothing from him, so we cannot ask for anything.

Bible says? He told me that we certainly are the ones who choose to drink coffee or tea, for we are not puppets amid the powers of good and evil. Thus, he moved away from fatalism. The decisions of life are surely subject to the foreknowledge of God—everything is part of his divine plan—and we must decide which influence is going to rule our lives and therefore, where we are being led to.

Heaven or hell. The questions I made concerning that matter received a well-known reply: it is a mystery; it is beyond the small comprehension that man is capable of having, comparing to God's. Do not be so arrogant as to try to understand what you cannot even start to grasp, child.

I felt I could have a reassurance, a source of comfort, a lighter responsibility in this illogical world of ours. A less-than-biblical but inevitably fatalistic view of life. It wasn't my fault. I didn't have a choice. There was nothing I could do. Do you really wanted this for me? What in the world were you thinking?! For all intents and purposes, we choose our destinies; but a supreme being already knows what we are going to choose.

If we are going to be saved. In the mystery of God, predestination and free will are a coherent combo. What is the choice to make in order to deserve the heavenly kingdom of a merciful god that foreknows whether I am going to be saved or condemned to eternal punishment? The choice is God. A schoolmaster has to decide what to do with a prisoner.

A gendarme has to decide whether to tell or not. The prisoner has to decide between freedom and jail. But the prisoner was there. The core of existentialism.

Death cannot be avoided, no matter the choices we make. To fully accept that fact leads to freedom.


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