One Liners: Albert Camus’ The Stranger

January 19, 2014 One Liners 4

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away?

Today’s book is Albert Camus’s The Stranger and while I liked this book, I had mixed feelings.


Without reading the synopsis or anything else, what’s the verdict? Are you intrigued or walk away? Maybe flirt a little to see where it goes?

4 Responses to “One Liners: Albert Camus’ The Stranger”

  1. LynDee Walker

    I really liked this book. The first line was definitely a hook for me, though I didn’t have much choice, since I read it for a class. Speaking of, that class may have colored my opinion of the novel. It was the best english lit class EVER. Fifteen people in an honors session, with an acclaimed prof who was David Hasselhoff’s doppelganger. We put the chairs in a circle and talked about books for an hour and a half twice a week. And tried not to drool over the teacher. It was great. 🙂
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  2. sylvia

    I am sold.
    In addition, as Camus was all the range lately, I heard about his childhood and the relationship to his mother. so this is doubly fascinating.
    Might even pick that one out next.

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