• The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus: Summary & Analysis

  • By: Eric Williams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-15-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Eric Williams
  • 3.9 (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a summary and analysis of "The Myth of Sisyphus". "The Myth of Sisyphus" is a 1942 philosophical essay by Albert Camus. The English translation by Justin O'Brien was first published in 1955.
In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man's futile search for meaning, unity, and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: "No. It requires revolt." He then outlines several approaches to the absurd life. The final chapter compares the absurdity of man's life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, "The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."
The work can be seen in relation to other absurdist works by Camus: the novel The Stranger (1942), the plays The Misunderstanding (1942) and Caligula (1944), and especially the essay "The Rebel" (1951).
©2017 Eric Williams (P)2017 Eric Williams
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By Grant Middlebrook on 03-16-17

This is not the story of Sisyphus, just a review of the story

Don't be fooled, this is not what you are looking for if you are actually trying to get the story of Sisyphus in audio version

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By HH on 03-17-17

Comprehensive Overview and Detailed Analysis

Very helpful summary and analysis for me. I had to read The Myth of Sisyphus for school, so I checked to see if there was an audio summary of it. Great narration by Kevin Theis. I've heard this book by Albert Camus is a slog to get through, so I was happy to get this instead and get the key takeaways.

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By Mike GMT on 09-19-17

Interesting take on Sisyphus

It is just a short essay. I would have loved a more in-depth analysis. The reader doesn't help as he is putting too much patos.

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