Monday, July 23, 2012

Paulo Coelho, "The Book By Camus"

"The Book By Camus"
by Paulo Coelho

"A journalist hounded the French writer, Albert Camus, asking him to explain his work in detail. The author of "The Plague" refused: "I write, and others can make of it what they will." But the journalist refused to give in. One afternoon, he managed to find him in a café in Paris. "Critics say you never take on truly profound themes," said the journalist. "I ask you now: if you had to write a book about society, would you accept the challenge?" "Of course," replied Camus. "The book would be one hundred pages long. Ninety-nine would be blank, since there is nothing to be said. At the bottom of the hundredth page, I’d write: "man’s only duty is to love." 

1 comment:

  1. I like the Camus quote and the story about his response to the journalist. What I find interesting and even a bit sad are the comments on Coelho's blog. It's as though every person wanted to define what Camus meant and no one could even agree on that. It's such a simple, yet profound concept and it got lost in a flurry of trying to define what he meant by "love." It was an interesting lesson in perspective, not to mention overanalyzing.

    I hope my comment didn't just illustrate my point. :)