The Fall Author:Albert Camus Camus, in his first work of fiction after The Plague, chose a subject eminently worthy of his supreme gifts: the conscience of modern man in the face of evil. Masterful in style and form, the narrative of The Fall is at once elegant, mordant, brilliant with aphorism and paradox. In a shady bar in Amsterdam, the man who does the talking in The Fa... more »ll is indulging in a calculated confession. He recalls his past life as a respected Parisian lawyer, a pleader of noble causes, secure in his self-esteem, privately a libertine, yet apparently immune to judgment -- the portrait of a modern Man. The irony of the recital predicts the downfall. Inescapable, it comes in the narrator's intense discovery, in the space of one terrible and unforgettable instant, that no man is innocent and no man may therefore judge others from a standpoint of righteousness.« less
Maybe I read this before, actually. I got to one point of this book, where nothing really happens and I hate the storytelling structure where he is talking to YOU, where there's this stolen painting and that sounded really familiar. Maybe I read it in high school.
Anyway, it's pretty forgettable and I can see why I forgot it.
I'm sure I missed lots of very important things that make this work great - there's definitely hero-is-a-Christ-figure stuff going on, but I was fine to just be done with it.