The Guest Criticism

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The Guest appeared in Camus's 1957 collection of stories entitled Exile and the Kingdom. The stories received a mixed but generally positive reception. Camus's writing career had been largely stalled for many years owing to writer's block and personal difficulties. Thus some critics saw in the stories a renewed energy that bode well for his next major work of fiction. Some specifically saw these stories as short explorations of themes and situations that he would explore at novel length. Many found, however, that Camus had not successfully mastered the distinction between philosophy and fiction. As Irving Howe wrote in The New Republic: "Camus still seems torn between the impulse to offer testimony (which means to reduce his fiction to mere examples) and the impulse to tell stories and create characters. . . . The result is a curious mixture of the threadbare and the obscure. . .". His untimely death three years later foreclosed...

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