Reading this book I had one consistent thought, ugh this dude is such a loser. I was quite angered with him throughout the book. Starting with Meursault aiding and abetting the domestic violence between the neighbor and his girlfriend. Its one thing to hear a beating and not say anything but its another to lure someone into a trap to be beaten. Especially when the reader and character are under the notion that she couldn’t win this fight. I found it incredibly frustrating his passiveness to that situation. Like who doesn’t have any remorse for willingly letting someone be beaten? No compassion or empathy? Yet with his mother’s death he exhibits some level of grief as he makes time out of his day to attend the funeral. With grief id assume its normal for someone to also understand the concept of empathy yet he proved me wrong. Finally, the way he treats his “girlfriend” Marie. I cannot POSSIBLY understand how she can just take his constant cold shoulder. Personally I wouldn’t take that disrespect but more power to you. So what does this all i mean? How can we possibly examine this book and its message without looking at the character who is the center of this story? There is no doubt Camus is a good writer, but is it a good story ? I understand not every main character has to be a hero, but they at minimum need to be interesting. And although intentional by Camus, i don’t think Meursault even has that. His quirks of being unempathetic and passive about death aren’t intriguing or interesting, just sad.