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The Plague by Albert Camus

The Plague (original 1947; edition 2011)

by Albert Camus

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Title:The Plague
Authors:Albert Camus
Info:Fontal Lobe Publishing (2011), Paperback, 220 pages
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The Plague by Albert Camus (1947)


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This book was pretty interesting, a little slow, but interesting. It describes how a town, of around 200,000 in the 1940's, deals with being completely shut off from the rest of society while being quarantined for several months. They are not allowed to communicate with loved ones by letter because they don't want to spread the plague through the paper. Also, if anyone happened to be visiting or doing business at the time of the "closing" they had to stay. Although there is not a lot of action, the story really makes you think about how you might act in the same position. ( )
  TerriS | Oct 17, 2016 |
Read this during internship in business school
  manishch | Aug 2, 2016 |
The menace of a growing bubonic plague epidemic is ever present, in this 1947 novel set in Oran on the North African coast. However, one must get past the title, as, nested in the greater tragedy are singular stories of the men who find themselves stuck in a quarantined city. Dr Reiux, tireless soldier for the sick, calmly chronicles (narrates) the day to day events. Other characters include a man desperate to seek whatever illicit means will reunite him and his Paris wife. Another man is clearly under police watch for an unnamed crime, so that the catastrophe at hand gives him hope of escape. Several others enter the orbit of Dr Rieux's daily rounds, all of them interesting. A quick-reading, intelligent novel, addressing issues such as self-examination, human worth, guilt, and compassion. ( )
  JamesMScott | Jun 15, 2016 |
I first read The Plague maybe two decades ago. I thought it was a great book then; I still do. This is a narrative that builds like the plague itself; it is not fireworks out of the gate. In fact, it is never fireworks. I read so many books in which the authors try not only to tell their story but to be smart, to appear smart through their characters. Camus' characters is each who they are, and their very simplicity makes each somehow more alive, more palpably real and yet simultaneously able to sustain the weight of a level of abstraction--big ideas moving just at the edge of one's view.

For me, The Plague is profound and yet I would be hard pressed to say exactly how so. The very best literature seems to resist whatever well thought out categories I bring to the party and in this regard, The Plague runs wild with the best of them. ( )
  tsgood | Apr 17, 2016 |
Commencé au lycée, jamais fini depuis ...peste biologique, peste ideologique!
les réactions à l'enfermement et à la menace de la mort! ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
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Gilbert, StuartTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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'It is as reasonable to represent one kind of imprisonment by another, as it is to represent anything that really exists by that which exists not! -' ('Robinson Crusoe's preface' to the third volume of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe).
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The unusual events described in this chronicle occurred in 194- at Oran.
Les curieux événements qui font le sujet de cette chronique se sont produits en 194., à Oran.
Le matin du 16 avril, le docteur Bernard Rieux sortit de son cabinet et buta sur un rat mort, au milieu du palier
"Oran, however, seems to be a town without intimations; in other words, completely modern."
The distinction can be made between men and, for example, dogs; men’s deaths are checked and entered up.
"They fancied themselves free, and no one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences."
"In normal times all of us know, whether consciously or not, that there is no love which can't be bettered; nevertheless we reconcile ourselves more or less easily to the fact that ours has never risen above the average."
"You'd almost think they expected to be given medals for it. But what does that mean—'plague'? Just life, no more than that."
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The Nobel prize-winning Albert Camus, who died in 1960, could not have known how grimly current his existentialist novel of epidemic and death would remain. Set in Algeria, in northern Africa, The Plague is a powerful study of human life and its meaning in the face of a deadly virus that sweeps dispassionately through the city, taking a vast percentage of the population with it.

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Chaos prevails when the bubonic plague strikes the Algerian coastal city of Oran. A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.… (more)

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