Saturday, 10 May 2008

Interestiing blog: Tom Conoboy

This blog, by writer Tom Conoboy
(whose name croppeth up regularly on competition lists) is always very interesting.

Recently, he mentioned a book that was so SO formative to me, L'Etranger, by Albert Camus. It made me think, how much are we 'formed' by meeting these books as teenagers (I 'did'it for A level) and how much do they hit home because they speak to something that is in us anyway?

Camus' themes circle round isolation, marginalisation. Those are mine. So I asked the question, and there's an interesting dialogue going on.

1 comment:

Sarah Hilary said...

The Outsider was seminal for me, too. Great book. Beats anything Sartre wrote, hands down. Now that you've said this, I can see the influence of it in your stories, Vanessa, but their originality means it's not easy to point a finger and say "influenced by".