Three very different short stories from French writer Albert Camus, translated by Jusin O'Brien:
- "The Adulterous Woman" poignantly confronts existential loneliness and what we do to avoid it
- "The Silent Men," my favourite of the three stories, shows the complex interaction between the haves and the have-nots. With heart rending simplicity Camus shows how a changing society leaves everyone adrift and alone
- "The Guest" is the most depressing story as it shows how an act of good will by the teacher is misinterpreted and misunderstood with threatening consequences.
Worth the read for Camus' evoctave descriptions and cutting insight into the human condition.
On a practical note, the small size of the book was convenient to pop into my purse and read as I found a chance!