The Stranger by Camus. A short book. A great read. A book that could change your life. On the surface it’s a simple story of a man who takes a vacation to help him recover from the recent death of his mother. But it’s so much more. The “why?” of everything. Or “why not?” as the case may have it. It was also the material referred to by the Cure song “Killing An Arab” which got them into a whole lot of trouble because people didn’t understand the reference. Camus won the Nobel Prize in 1957. He died three years later when his Facel Vega hit a tree killing him, his publisher, and his publisher’s wife.