I've read Camus 'Outsider' twice. And have seen it acted out in the theatre.
I do not think I understand it, though I can admire Camus prose style.
Its often taken as canonical in existentialist literature.
How do I connect the the philosophy to the literary here?
Is it about the entirely arbitrary acts of a man, and he himself gives them meaning, or none at all, if he choses to or not?
Wikipedia entry on the Outsider says 'Its theme and outlook are often cited as exemplars of existentialism, though Camus did not consider himself an existentialist;in fact, its content explores various philosophical schools of thought, including (most prominently and specifically) absurdism, as well as determinism, nihilism, naturalism, and stoicism.'
This actually makes more sense to me, especially 'absurdism'.