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Author QuotedAlbert Camus
Title QuotedMalentendu
Date (Year/Month/Day)1966/09/22
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1944I
QuotationMy reading and study of Camus continues very fruitful. Have now read enough of him and on him so that everything begins to click with everything else. He is an easy man to study because everything he says is said in images and all belong to a living pattern of suggestions and allusions and "myths," easy to spell out. This probably makes him a little corny (his figures tend to be artificial and almost allegorical at times). Today - great impact of Le Malentendu [The Misunderstanding]. Not the odious Chas. [Charles] Addams figures of Martha and the Mother, but the wisdom of love in Maria and the stupidity of Jan's absurd project which leads to his destruction. The question of language and communication treated as though in a morality play. But effectively (perhaps not as drama I don't know, but at least as a "morality," a "parable").
Quotation SourceLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 140
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