By Robert Zaretsky
In his Nobel Prize attractiveness speech, Albert Camus declared writer's responsibility is twofold: "the refusal to lie approximately what one is familiar with and the resistance opposed to oppression." those dual obsessions aid clarify whatever of Camus' extraordinary personality, that's the overarching topic of this sympathetic and full of life publication. via an exploration of issues that preoccupied Camus--absurdity, silence, riot, constancy, and moderation--Robert Zaretsky portrays a moralist who refused to be fooled via the nobler names we assign to our activities, and who driven himself, and people approximately him, to problem the established order. although we don't face an identical hazards that threatened Europe while Camus wrote "The Myth""of Sisyphus" and "The Stranger," we confront different alarms. Herein lies Camus' abiding value. examining his paintings, we develop into extra considerate observers of our personal lives. For Camus, uprising is an everlasting human , a undying fight opposed to injustice that makes existence worthy dwelling. yet uprising can also be bounded via self-imposed constraints--it is a noble if very unlikely perfect. this kind of contradiction means that if there isn't any cause of desire, there's additionally no social gathering for despair--a sentiment might be larger suited to the traditional tragedians than smooth political theorists yet one whose knowledge abides. but we must never venerate soreness, Camus cautions: the world's good looks calls for our recognition at least life's educate of injustices. That acceptance allows him to claim: "It was once the center of iciness, i ultimately discovered that, inside me, summer time was once inextinguishable."
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The self-satisfied interpretation could never be dislodged from the minds of high command. Together with Rommel’s fallacious theories of defense, it was responsible for the grotesque German situation [in France]. In some cases, the Germans integrated existing French coastal defense positions into the Atlantic Wall. This triple-tier fire-control post was part of MKB Seeadler located on Pointe du Brulay near Cap Lévy east of Cherbourg, armed with French 194mm guns in kettle emplacements. (NARA) For the Allies, Dieppe provided valuable lessons into the realities of assaulting fortified ports, even one as weakly protected as Dieppe.
Rather it is like a thin and fragile cord which has a few small knots at isolated places such as Dieppe and Dunkirk. The strengthening of this cord was no doubt under way during the past spring and summer. Since August the effort has been getting steadily weaker … and any considerable increase in bunker construction will not take place til spring [since] material and labor are lacking. ” Hell! Are we army soldiers just dirt?? We are supposed to stand to the last man and to the last bullet. And we do it.
A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning by Robert Zaretsky