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The First Man Summary
Albert Camus

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The First Man Summary

Plot Summary

The First Man by Albert Camus is an autobiographical novel. Present day, forty-year-old Jacques Cormery goes on a search for information about his deceased father, Henri Cormery. In the first section of the novel, Jacques is born in a small village named Solferino in the Algerian countryside in 1913. The next section jumps to 1954, with Jacques as a man. The reader learns that Henri dies before Jacques' first birthday, leaving Lucie, Jacques' partially deaf and mute mother, to raise him. Henri dies in the war in France.

Adult Jacques first explores his father's grave site in a small village in France. Jacques lives in Paris and visits. This visit deeply touches Jacques because he realizes his father died at twenty-nine years old, and he is forty. He realizes that Henri hardly lived life. Jacques travels to Algeria, back to the poor neighborhood where he grew up in Algiers and...

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