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Albert Camus – The Stranger Tl; dr – (Then read the book instead, you won’t regret it.) In The Stranger Camus uses imagery of nature in an otherwise simply worded text to ultimately express the absurdity of the human condition, and the over-powering steadfastness of nature. “Aujourd’hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.” Camus’ style of writing is simple and neutral in comparison to the main events of the book.  This style reflects the oddly calming existentialist view upon life which is portrayed. Arguably the sole purpose is for Mersault (and perhaps Camus too) to...

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Percy Shelley – Hellas (1822)

“Worlds on worlds are rolling ever From creation to decay, Like the bubbles on a river Sparkling, bursting, borne away.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley (from Hellas, 1822) Percy Shelley was a non-violent vegetarian… Good man! I found this stanza quoted by Bertrand Russell in his History of Western Philosophy (1945) and it just struck a chord with me, so I had to share it… What do you think of this quote, or do you have any particular quotes from a favourite author or philosopher which have created a lasting impression with you? Tell us about it in the comments! I’m really...

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The Complexity of Learning

“…learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.” – Umberto Eco, via Brother William of Baskerville. ‘The Name of The Rose’ Thus ends the ‘First Day’ of this week long murder mystery. The first of Eco’s novels is so much more than a detective novel though; it is an exploration of the late medieval world and of the processes of learning, logic and perspicacity: the forces which pushed the middle ages over the edge and towards a world similar to...

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Always Books began as an Instagram profile to document the books which I had read during my Comparative Literature degree. The photos were all of the books I had read, or I was currently reading - I decided to also find a place to get down some of my thoughts about some of these books too, and so this blog was born...