Tag: The Old Man and the Sea

Albert Camus – The Outsider | Review

Title: The Outsider

Author: Albert Camus

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 128

Rating: 4.5/5

I didn’t realise that Camus wrote fiction and had thought of him as only a non-fiction philosopher, but I suppose I misjudged him. He was a versatile guy, as is shown by the fact that he was also a pretty good goalkeeper.

The story here was good and will keep you reading until the end, but it’s not really what the book is about. It’s a bit like how The Old Man and the Sea isn’t really about a dude going fishing. Instead, Camus uses the story to ask you questions that you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve finished reading. It’s food for thought for sure, so try it.

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John Steinbeck – The Pearl and Burning Bright | Review

Title: The Pearl and Burning Bright

Author: John Steinbeck

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 160

Rating: 3.75/5

This isn’t the best Steinbeck that I’ve read, but then it’s up against Of Mice and Men and a couple of his short stories, so that’s hardly surprising. That doesn’t make it any less of a worthwhile read though, and I’m happy to have been able to add this one to my list of completed books.

The Pearl reminded me of The Old Man and the Sea, although that’s not necessarily a good thing because I didn’t particularly like that. Luckily, I thought that The Pearl was a lot better, mainly because it looked at the gritty subject of the way that people take advantage of people as opposed to having a more philosophical bent.

Burning Bright was great too, but I have a self-imposed word count to stick to, so I’ll leave you hanging. Sorry.

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