Albert's Camus' Notebooks, 1935-1951 is one of my favorite books, and in keeping with my most recent topic, is not only one of my favorite narratives, but definitely my favorite kind of narrative - a sort of accidental one. Page after page of disconnected little thoughts, observations, bits and little seeds of future essays and novels, political ruminations - just all these little pieces and parts - Camus' notebooks let you see something no other kind of more intentional narrative ever could, and what you see is a portrait of a deeply moral, humane, and gloriously soulful human being.
Camus wrote incredibly beautiful essays, too, but I've never really loved his novels, which feel too much like vehicles for intention; his characters too like ideas masquerading as people. The combination of his notebooks and novels reminds me of Walter Benjamin's notion that "truth is an intentionless state of being."
That said, I love Albert Camus, and not least for this quote:
- "My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love. I have a romantic soul, and have always had trouble interesting it in something else."
You and me both, Albert.