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Comments for the Fall
I picked up Sixteen Short Novels at the September BookCrossing meeting last year. Yes; I went a week postpartum and Harriet went too. My goal is to read and review each of these short novels but if I do it all at once I'll only get this one massive book read for quite some time. Instead, I'll concentrate on each novel separately and count each one as its own book just as I did for the four novellas in Four Past Midnight. At that rate I figure I can read about three of these short novels a month and I should have the book ready for release by Harriet's first birthday.
I have to admit that this compilation is starting to become a chore to read. I've read other works by Camus and enjoyed them. I can't say that of "The Fall." It's written in the same style as "Notes from Underground" in that it is a one on one dialog with the assumed reader of the novel. This type of narrative rarely works well and it certainly didn't work here for me.
When all the window dressing is pulled away from this thankfully short novel (only about 50 pages), the story comes down to nothing more than a recollection of the narrators "fall" from grace and his exile.
Funny, I just heard about this novel for the first time at my Bulgaria Book Club. The BG women were raving about Albert Camus and LOVED The Fall--they described the primary "moment" of the book which I found intriguing. What would I do in that sich? Would that cause years of reflection, etc. However, perhaps a whole book on it is too much? Good to hear your perspective."