After “Only Revolutions” and “The Tibetan Book of the Dead” I shifted gears slightly into Camus’ “The Fall” which has turned out to be quite interesting.  I’m finding the first person imposed perspective captivating and curious. The entire book is the narrative confession of some Parisian lawyer that you as the reader seem to meet at a bar in Amsterdam. He makes statements or replies to which you are supposedly the cause and yet you are left wondering – or even making up – what you might have asked this guy in your role as reader and moreso, listener. Then there’s the aspect of judging this strange talkative person who seems intent on talking to you. While you’re trying to form an opinion of this person – through learning his history, quirks, and motivations – he begins to go on his own self discovery where he begins to doubt his ability to judge others, let alone himself. I’m not far enough along to be able to answer this question, but I wonder if the narrator’s analysis of judgement interacts with our own judgement of the main character?

How do ideas presented in a textual form alter our own interpretation of those ideas?

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