Books: Soul in Despair

THE FALL (147 pp.)—Albert Camus—Knopf ($3.00).

In Adam's fall We sinned all.

—New England Primer

Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a middle-aged Parisian lawyer who would rather do good than make good. He specializes in hardship cases, preferably widows and orphans. He never charges the poor a fee. He even likes to go out of his way to lead a blind man across the street.

Yet Jean-Baptiste is damned. What is so wrong with him, anyway? Readers may have to brace themselves for the answer given by French Novelist Albert Camus (The Plague). It is not fashionable, like...

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