The Fall

Albert Camus: The Fall (New York: Random House, 1991 Edition.)

Camus - The Fall
Albert Camus’ Nobel Prize-winning novel is essentially the confessions of an expatriate Frenchman told to one he met in an Amsterdam bar. He recalls his past, his work as a respected Lawyer and the things he did that led to his fall from popularity. Every triumph in his life reveals a failure. The story is filled with wit and humor. The principle character, though certainly not the kind of person one would choose as a friend, reveals there quirks and strangeness of human nature.

The translation by Justin O’Brien captures Camus’ novel and makes for an interesting story. Reading it again now as I approach the end of my active career, I have developed more appreciation for some of the quirks of the character and the flow of the story.