Review 1562: #1956 Club! The Fall

I’ve never read any Camus before, so I decided to read The Fall for the 1956 Club. This I can say: after reading The Kreutzer Sonata, The Prague Cemetery, The King Without a Kingdom, and The Fall, I’ve decided I hate novels that are monologues.

An unnamed person meets Clamence, an ex-Parisian lawyer, in an Amsterdam bar. Clamence begins his monologue explaining how his life changed. He began as a successful lawyer for the defense—handsome, genial, charitable, always doing good—and a womanizer. As he talks, we see that his charitable impulses are rooted in self-regard. His discourse becomes more and more cynical until . . . .

Well, I don’t know, because 50 pages before the end, I realized I was struggling to pay attention, and I stopped reading. His “witty” discourse may have been ground-breaking in 1956, but in 2020, it just seems banal.

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9 thoughts on “Review 1562: #1956 Club! The Fall

  1. Jane October 8, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    Haha! you gave it a good shot. I haven’t read any Camus but I’ve got The Stranger coming up next, I wonder what I’ll make of it?

    • whatmeread October 8, 2020 / 1:26 pm

      I may try another one that’s not a monologue. I have read several monologue-style novels, all with really detestable narrators, so I think that put me off too much.

  2. RussophileReads October 9, 2020 / 11:08 pm

    Well that was an unexpected ending to the review! I have to admit that it did make me chuckle. I absolutely love Camus, but haven’t read this one.

    • whatmeread October 10, 2020 / 12:23 am

      I guess I should try another book by him.

  3. Naomi October 19, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    I read The Stranger a few years ago, and didn’t know what to think of it. I’ve been curious to try another one, so i came here to see what you thought of The Fall – ha! Not much, I guess. Oh well, there are other good books to read! 🙂

    • whatmeread October 19, 2020 / 2:54 pm

      Very true. I am in two minds whether to try another Camus or not.

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