I am reading L'étranger by Albert Camus in French in order not only to get used to reading French, but also to know what absurdity as existentialists hold it is. I hear that the author was concerned with suicide as the most important philosophical question. He found it inevitable that when we start thinking about the meaning of life, we end up by being confronted with the absolute meaninglessness. Yet we cannot help searching for one, only to give it no secured, absolute meaning. This fact, that we are all entrapped with the fruitless endeavor, they call absurdity.
The beginning, praised for setting the tone of the novel efficiently, didn't impress me at first.
"Today, Mother died. Or perhaps yesterday, I don't know."
However, later on, it dawned on me that this beginning signifies how meaningless it is for the hero even to lose his mother. So much so that he doesn't care to know the exact date when she died. Being a slow reader by nature, I read it one page a day. Though I know the outline, I still enjoy seeing with my eyes how absurdiy is unfolding.