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Gottagetthrough
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Default  Posted: 4:34 PM, August 31st (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Trying to remember a short story I read... Its about a man who is trying to cheat death and so he leaves his town & travels to another town, trying to hide from death.

He bumps into death at a bizarre in the place he's hiding out in...

Sorry, read this 15 years ago. Anyone remember the name of this story?


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Default  Posted: 4:59 PM, August 31st (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Happy_Death ?

Otherwise, check out his other works listed here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Camus#Short_stories


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Default  Posted: 7:40 PM, August 31st (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hmmm... Not the one... Does meet me in sumeria ring a bell to anyone? I could have sworn it was Camus, but maybe a different author?

Oh, to remember my freshman English professor's name!!! I would email her right now lol!!!


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Default  Posted: 7:52 PM, August 31st (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I googled "short story man running away from death" & there's a forum where someone is searching for this. They talk about "appointment in Samarra" but also say it's based on an old Persian legend.


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Default  Posted: 12:46 AM, September 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Try looking up "Targets Orlock's Story" Boris Karloff on youtube.


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Default  Posted: 2:58 AM, September 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I've heard of the story, but not by Camus. I think it has been done by several different authors. Then again, I am somewhat of a philistine when it comes to such literature. When my STBX was with some friends discussing possibilities for a fringe festival play, I suggested "an audience participation version of Waiting For Godot". Thought it would be interesting to see how long it took the artsies to figure it out.


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Default  Posted: 7:31 AM, September 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

YES!!!! Appointment in Samarra!!

LOL, I liked that story so much I bought a book by Camus about 15 years after I read appointment in Samarra in college... no wonder I dint really like or get Camus' book, the story I liked was by Somerset Maugham!!!!!


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Default  Posted: 7:32 AM, September 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thank You!! =)

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Default  Posted: 9:03 AM, September 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Read The Stranger by Camus. It's a short read, and it's very compelling. My HS seniors always loved it-- it provided for a great deal of discussion in my class. I miss teaching it.

Oh, and aesir is right-- that story has been used numerous times throughout literary history. The most recent example that I can think of is in either the last or second-to-last Harry Potter when Harry learns the tale of the three brothers who wish to cheat death.


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Default  Posted: 9:09 AM, September 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

it provided for a great deal of discussion in my class. I miss teaching it.

I remember many late night Camus discussions with a small group of friends I had in high school.
Ayn Rand too.. but I don't remember those ones quite as fondly



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Default  Posted: 9:35 AM, September 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks! Will try the stranger

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Default  Posted: 12:45 PM, September 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Read Camus in college... but I don't recall much.

I remembered Kafka's Metamorphosis better... but didn't enjoy it much.


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Default  Posted: 2:03 PM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Appointment in Samarra--wasn't that John O'Hara? One of the first grown-up novels I read and almost understood.

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