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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early 20s and retrieved from his private papers following his death in 1960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man. 

As the novel follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's house - and then, fleeing, in a journey that takes him through stages of exile, hedonism, privation, and death - it gives us a glimpse into the imagination of one of the great writers of the 20th century. For here is the young Camus himself, in love with the sea and sun, enraptured by women yet disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of action and moral responsibility that would make him central to the thought of our time.

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Camus Secret Masterpiece

If you love Camus's other novels, you will love this. Because it was published after Camus's death, people think it's just a rough draft to The Stranger... it most definitely is not. Although both have a murder in it, this explore totally different themes and the protagonists in both books are very different. At its heart, the novel is about a young man trying to find inner happiness, while The Stranger is about reacting to an absurd society. Do yourself a favor and read this book along with Camus's other work because it holds up with his best. Thank you audible for finally bringing us this burred gem!

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Good read

Definitely not The Stranger but it wasn't supposed to be. Enjoyed reading it and helped add depth to the other Mersault.