On Camus' Life 08/13/2010
During World War 2, Albert Camus had to move to the south of France to help his lungs (harmed by TB) to recuperate. In a book, Camus, A Romance, the author gets a rare chance to read from his journals; and at the time, stating, “In other words, 1942-43 presents an opportunity to see Camus utterly on his own, without props, plans or a country, caught betwixt and between....I feel like I am catching Camus on the wings of his life, where few people have paid him any attention and where I may be the keenest observer.”
Later the author, Elizabeth Hawes talks about small events that show his character, “He sometimes rode his bike over the tortuous mountain road to the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, despite his shortness of breath and weakened condition. He turned to the serenity of the woods and to mushroom hunting as a respite from the grimness of wartime. He adopted three dogs to keep him company.”
Even before acquiring the TB disease, Albert Camus was into studying and playing sports. But other than that, he engaged himself into all of these activities so that he could escape from the life he had at home. He also did extremely well in school.
Camus was then tutored by a man named Louis Germain so that he could take the Lycee entrance exam. He passed, and got into this exclusive secondary school; and then went off to study in the University of Algiers school of Philosophy.
But in 1930, he was diagnosed with an acute case of Tuberculosis. He still had the freedom to play football (Camus was the goalkeeper) for the university team before he left it for good. He no longer had the strength to play; and was then forced to work part-time.
Camus' biography included of him being into some really odd part-time jobs. He became a private tutor, worked for the Meteorological Institute, and also worked as a salesman for car parts. He then finished his degree in Philosophy in 1935.
Camus, A Romance
The author of the book Camus, A Romance, Elizabeth Hawes, believes that people often relate their lives to other people's stories; and this is how she came to find her identity. She found herself through writing Camus’ lifestory. It is through this man’s life that she realized how much his works were interconnected with his own life experiences.
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