Extraordinary capturing of the formation of an artist. Not unlikely Proust or Woolf, Camus clearly greatly valued his memories. His writing’s clarity and emotional thrust is so satisfying. He gives you his romance with those childhood sensory experiences that live with him. And at the same time, he reflects on heavyweight moral concerns surrounding colonialism, nationalism, capital punishment, child labor, and the weight of poverty and illiteracy. While Camus certainly never intended to have these notes to be read as a book, the unfinished state doesn’t take away from the thrill of connecting so intimately with this life that bridged such divergent cultures.

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