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

  • By: Eric Williams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-15-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Eric Williams
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (61 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-02-18

Easy starting point

Very basic breakdown and understanding done in a nice way. Very quick introduction to Camus

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ian Seale on 08-01-18

Pretty accurate

Nice primer for those somehow finding themselves a bit lost in the actual text. My only criticism is it's to short, ie. not enough depth. Then again if you wanted that you would just read the actual book. But it isn't on audible... damn learning disabilities

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nze kkuc akabusi on 04-03-18

Great Topic read to quickly to absorb

Great topic read to quickly to absorb in one sitting. Definitely requires familiarity with Camus and the myth in question but well worth the effort of listening a few times, which being so short is no hardship.

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3 out of 5 stars
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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