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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  109,902 Ratings  ·  3,393 Reviews
Ο γιατρός Ριέ ανακαλύπτει μια μέρα στο κατώφλι του σπιτιού του στο Οράν της Αλγερίας ένα ψόφιο ποντικό. Στη συνέχεια, άπειρα ποντίκια βγαίνουν στους δρόμους της πόλης για να πεθάνουν... Στο Οράν εξαπλώνεται γρήγορα μια θανατηφόρα επιδημία στους κατοίκους. Στην διάρκεια ενός χρόνου, ο γιατρός βιώνει την απώλεια των αγαπημένων του ανθρώπων και στο τέλος, μετά από μια κρίση κ ...more
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Published 1984 by Ulverscroft (first published 1947)
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Omar I started to read Stuart Gilbert's translation and forced my way through 40% of the book when I finally had put it down (I might be a bit of a…moreI started to read Stuart Gilbert's translation and forced my way through 40% of the book when I finally had put it down (I might be a bit of a masochist?). But yeah, I don't recommend his translation. The mistakes in the grammar are constant and disrupts the flow of one's reading. My apologies for not being able to recommend a good translation but I at least wanted to warn you against this one translation.(less)
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Ben
Ah, death; it's always there, isn't it? It is a terrible fate, doomed upon us all, that could take place at any time, in millions of different ways. The Jews who witnessed the holocaust are aware of this. The people of Haiti know this. The mother who lost her only child in a car accident is aware of this. Most individuals (and groups of individuals) spend their days fighting the fact of death, lying to themselves, using clever ways to avoid its ever-present reality. Looking death in its cold, in ...more
Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Camus’ The Plague is a laugh RIOT!

Just kidding, it is about the bubonic plague, really not very funny at all. However, it is a modern masterpiece of allegory, symbolism and imagery. The surface story is about plague in the early 1940s visiting the Algerian coastal city of Oran. While Camus tells a complete tale of disease, fear, despair, compassion and selfless heroism; the story of lasting significance is told between the lines with insightful observations and thought provoking disserta
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Rakhi Dalal
May 12, 2012 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “The Plague” right after reading “Swann’s Way”. Of course it wasn’t a deliberate move. But as I moved on, I realized that reading of ‘The Plague’ had rendered something quite remarkable in the way I realized and appreciated both works. Both works embody a reality. ‘Swann’s Way’ speaks of the reality that is long gone by and one wish to remember and cherish, whereas, ‘The Plague’ makes one more acutely aware of the bleakness of actual reality when imposed through an epidemic such as plague ...more
Petra Eggs
This was as much an existentialist tract as it was a book about the descent of a town into plague, the gradient of the decline increasing exponentially until they reach the pit. There it is death and smoke and groans and every bit the imagined hell of those with a religious consciousness.

But the plague has no relationship to religion. The innocent die as much as the guilty. Shady people are sly by night, criminals escape justice, the great and the good die in their beds, the plague is the great
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Mohammed  Ali
Mar 21, 2017 Mohammed Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


- أرأيت يا دكتور ؟ إنها تخرج
قالت الزوجة :
- نعم ، لقد التقط جارنا ثلاثة منها .
ثم أخذ العجوز يفرك يديه و هو يقول :
-إنها تخرج ، و يعثرون عليها في كل صندوق من صناديق القمامة المنزلية . إنه الجوع !
قال الدكتور
- أمر غريب بالفعل !!
صرخ العجوز
- إنها الكارثة !


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مقدمة لا جدوى منها :

الطاعون من الأوبئة الأكثر فتكا و التي عرفها الإنسان عبر تاريخه , و هو مرض معدي لقب بالموت الأسود و خلف وراءه
ملايين الضحايا .

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سؤال :

- إذن نحن أمام رواية تحكي عن تاريخ الطاعون و أنواعه و تصف
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Fernando
Dec 13, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“¡Ah, si fuera un temblor de tierra! Una buena sacudida y no se habla más del caso… Se cuentan los muertos y los vivos y asunto concluido. ¡Mientras que esta porquería de peste! Hasta los que no la tienen parecen llevarla en el corazón”.

Muchos coincidirán conmigo de que La Peste es una de las mejores novelas que se han escrito en el siglo XX. El nivel de realismo alcanzado por Albert Camus es sorprendente y para ello se vale de muchos recursos, todos ellos efectivos y en ningún caso utilizado co
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Poliwalk
Oct 02, 2007 Poliwalk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to ruminate on life, morality and religion.
This book has been one of the most influential in my life. Camus uses the premise of a town infected by the plague and quarantined from the rest of the world to explore some of the great philosophical questions. I find his exploration of religion very astute--that God is either not able to prevent evil and is thus not omnipotent or that God is all powerful and thus condones evil. Either option to Camus is a God not worthy of worship.

Many people read The Stranger and think Camus is a pessimist,
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Jim Fonseca
Mar 29, 2014 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-authors

Somehow Camus brings humanism, optimism and the role of love to a depressing story of bubonic plaque in 1940’s Oran, Algeria. First all the rats die and then we go from there. After much bureaucratic bungling and delays, the city is cut off from the outside world by quarantine. A lot of the focus of the story is on those separated by chance from loved ones for several months. There is intrigue as some plot to escape the town. But mainly a dreary perseverance and indifference takes over many in t
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William1
Mar 24, 2011 William1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second reading. This is an essential book. If there's a canon, The Plague belongs in it. A few things interested me this time through. Mostly the narrator's penchant, most effective, for writing about the town's collective mood. This device struck me as an improvement on the Soviet worker novels of the day (1947). The prose is not pumped up to triumphalist proportions. (There must be a scholar somewhere who's addresses this. I'll have to search LC.) Neither is there an idealized superman worker, ...more
Huda Yahya
ألبير كامي
__الطـــاعــون__

لن يقتنع الآخرون بحججك، بإخلاصك، بحقيقة معاناتك إلا بموتك

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الحقيقة كالضوء، تعمي
الكذب كالشفق الجميل الذي يسحر كل موجود

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أحب الحياة- هذه هي نقطة ضعفي
أحبها بشكل كبير لدرجة أني غير قادر على أن تخيل عكسها

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لتكون سعيدا فإنه من الضروري أن لا تهتم كثيرا بالآخرين

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الإنسان لا يمكن أن يكون متيقنا من أي شيء

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نحن مخلوقات إست
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Carol
Mar 23, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When rats.....large grotesque rats begin dying everywhere across the coastal town of Oran in Northern Africa, an uneasy, but unheeded feeling among the townspeople gradually becomes reality with questions turning to fear and subsequent fever causing widespread panic.

As quarantines and sudden isolation from the outside world become a fact of life, our mild-mannered and selfless protagonist, Dr. Bernard Rieux maintains his cool despite exhaustion and the pestilence surrounding his long days.

THE PL

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Rowena
"Treeless, glamourless, soulless, the town of Oran ends by seeming restful and, after a while, you go complacently to sleep there."

The Plague is set in Oran, a city in Algeria that experiences a breakout of the Bubonic plague, and is soon placed under quarantine. We witness the changes among this community as they are cut off from the outside world; they experience all manners of emotions from hysteria, despondency, avarice, uncertainty,self-reflection and fear.

The Plague is definitely a depre
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Cheryl
Nov 23, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fav-authors
I read this book into the night, a stubborn reader determined to torture herself with the despondency that lurks throughout this novel. I tuned into the feeling that exudes a person's futile attempt to escape and I could feel the helplessness of the characters in each breath I inhaled, in the overwhelming elucidation of exile spread across each page. I was reminded a bit of Saramago's Death at Intervals, except that I preferred the flow of this one.
Thus, in a middle course between these heights
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Shovelmonkey1
May 10, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sartre
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Life is brief... Camus knew this and had the fact proved first hand when he was smooshed in a car accident at the relatively young age of 46. Death is coming people and nothing can stop it. But the question is, do you ignore this fact and live in a kind of blissful fluffy world where it seems nothing can go wrong? Or do you pre-emptively stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye?

Some have argued that Camus should have stuck to journalism, being a politically aware bad-ass and
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Agnieszka
Jun 22, 2009 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, reviewed

But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man .

In The plague Camus creates a metaphorical image of the world wrestling with evil, whose symbol is the title plague, devastating Oran in 194 .. year ; author deliberately does not specify the exact year, presented events may have occurred in every time. It could be war. Or earthquake. Or serious illness. Or famine. It could be s
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Will M.
Feb 18, 2017 Will M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*The second paragraph contains spoilers, I'd steer clear of it if you haven't read the novel*

The Plague is a depressing novel about the bubonic plague. Well, that's the main gist of it, but it's mostly about how the people dealt with such unexpected horror. At first I was painfully stricken at how lifeless and boring the characters are, but the last chapter changed my perception of the novel. They are lifeless because the narrator is speaking based on his observations. He can't account for what
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستانی عالی و خواندنی بود... داستانی که بازهم از بیخردی موجوداتِ مذهبی سخن میگوید... نکته قابل توجه در این داستان این بود که «پدر پانلو» کشیش نادان و بی خرد به مانند دیگر مبلغان بیخردِ مذهبی، که همه چیز را به خدا ارتباط میدهند، "طاعون" را عذابی از جانب خدا قلمداد کرده و درمانش را نیز به دست خدا انجام پذیر میداند، غافل از آنکه خدا و ناجی، همان «ژان تارو» بود که بیچاره هم ناجی مردم بود و هم قربانی بود
اگر من جایِ <آلبر کامو> بودم، سرنوشت آن کشیش احمق را جوری در داستان رقم می
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Lizzy
Albert Camus's The Plague is simply brilliant! Read a long time ago, I hope to revisit it one day... 5 stars.

Highly recommended!

Jeremy
1913–2013 A hundred years of Albert Camus, a writer.

…and to state quite simply what we learn in a time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.


Yes, Nazism influenced the writing of this story, Camus was living through it and resisting it, in his way; but it is not about it. This novel, published after The Myth of Sisyphus and written during the sometimes hostile response to the book, begins what became to be known as Camus’ ‘Cycle of Revolt’ (along with The Re
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Anastasia
Για να πω την αλήθεια, οι κριτικές που διάβασα πριν αρχίσω την ανάγνωση βοήθησαν πολύ στον εντοπισμό των συμβολισμών και την αποκρυπτογράφηση της γραφής του Καμύ. Το πιο πιθανό είναι ότι δεν θα έκανα τόσο άμεσα και καθαρά τη σύνδεση πανούκλας-πολέμου/φασισμού όπως συχνά υποστηρίζεται. Αλλά αυτό δεν καθίσταται ικανό να υποβαθμίσει την ποιότητα ή να μειώσει τη σημασία αυτού του βιβλίου.

Η Πανούκλα προσφέρεται για πολλές μεταφράσεις ανάλογα με τη ματιά του εκάστοτε αναγνώστη. Μπορεί να αντιπροσωπεύ
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Perry
Nov 19, 2016 Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A powerful, plangent epic on the petrifying effects of a plague on society, via pullulating fear and panic, apathy for life, and a loss of fundamental sanity.



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Speaking of Plagues,

Kanye West for Director of New World in Trump administration?

Portion of Kanye West Speech, Sacramento, CA, 11/19/16, before Canceling Music Concert:
"It’s a new world, Hillary Clinton, it’s a new world. Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way
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Jonathan

The Plague - A brief quiz:

1. You find a dead rat on your front door: what do you do?
a) Ignore it, there are no rats in your clean house.
b) Remark to yourself 'how odd' but carry on as if nothing has happened.
c) Actively seek to work out why such a thing has happened to your house.
d) Note that many such cases of dead rats are happening in your neighbour's home and note that this is no coincidence.

2. A small handful of separate people across town start coming down with a strange disease. What do y
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Erwin
Jun 13, 2015 Erwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poignant account of a town and its people in exile and separation due to the outbreak of the plague. An emotionally trying, but highly satisfying read! It left me breathless at times, following some incredible yet modest heroes, and showing people dealing in different (ir)rational ways with a disease that defies all reason and understanding.
صان
Jan 26, 2017 صان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یک
کتابی بود که خیلی خوردخورد خوندمش، و شاید اگه کمی پیوستهتر میخوندمش خیلی بهتر میشد.
دوستش داشتم! خیلی درباره جدائی انسانها صحبت کرده بود، درباره رنجی که آدما میکشن از جدایی و دوری. درباره شهری که گرفتار طاعون شده و کسی اجازه خروج یا ورود به شهر رو نداره. درباره عقایدی که ادما توی همچین دوره ای میتونن داشته باشن. درباره کسایی که یا از مرگ میترسن یا باهاش مبارزه میکنن. درباره کسایی که در مواجهه با مرگ تازه یادشون میاد که زندگی یعنی چی و باید چطور زندگی کرد. کسایی که خیلی چیزارو فراموش کرده بودن و
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Chris_P
September is slowly coming to an end after showing a cruel face in my corner of the world, reminding us what autumn is truely like. Amidst all those almost daily weather shifts, I got into reading Camus' The Plague and the timing proved to be more than ideal.

The Plague is one of the most frightening books I've ever read. Although a novel, it has the form of a chronicle recorded by an anonymous citizen of the town which is supposedly striken by the plague, and whose identity is revealed in the f
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Kristopher Jansma
by Albert Camus

I have been on the hunt for books that might fit with my new Fall semester course on Apocalyptic Literature, and this one seemed like a natural fit. I'd read a bit of Camus before - The Stranger, of course, and The Fall... though I don't remember anything about that one. Camus, like Sartre, falls under the heading in my mind of philosophers who probably shouldn't have gone into creative writing (see entry on Nausea, and also a sentiment soon to be repeated as I try to read Ayn Ran
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Carmo
May 22, 2014 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argélia, nobel, bib-p
A história de A Peste desenrola-se na cidade Argelina de Orão; uma cidade pacata cujos habitantes levam uma vida vulgaríssima e rotineira, sem nada que os distinga ou os torne especiais.
Quando as ruas da cidade são invadidas por bandos de ratos a morrer, não há sobressaltos nem preocupações além do evidente mal-estar perante a visão dos cadáveres. Só quando surgem os primeiros casos de morte em humanos e é lançado o aviso de um possível surto de peste é que a população começa a manifestar os pr
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Sidharth Vardhan
"Courage. I know now that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn't capable of a great emotion, well, he leaves me cold."


‘The Plague’ by Albert Campus is more of an an anthropology than a novel. It is mostly an account of collective behavior of a whole town.

"the first effect of this brutal visitation was to compel our townspeople to act as if they had no feelings as individuals."


Thus the novel is mostly an account of crowd reactions. The few characters that are present in the story are
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Manny
Nov 21, 2008 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, life-is-camus
For some reason, I didn't like La Peste nearly as much I had expected. In fact, I found it pretentious and annoying. Maybe I should re-read it... I have a feeling I missed something. My thoughts during the first reading were that he was way too pleased with himself for having been a hero of the Resistance, and that I no longer found it very odd that Sartre had had a major falling out with him which ended with them no longer speaking to each other.

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Nelson Zagalo
Camus é um dos autores que mais admiro, muito provavelmente por o ter lido na altura certa, a minha adolescência, e nessa fase me ter dedicado aos seus escritos existenciais. Até hoje continuo a preferir o seu mundo ao de Sartre, nomeadamente pela sua capacidade de distanciamento, simplicidade e inovação narrativa. Por isso não fez muito sentido ter esperado tanto para ler “A Peste” já que é a par com “O Estrangeiro” e “A Queda” uma das suas principais obras.

“A Peste” segue o estilo de Camus, qu
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Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy (only chance prevented him from pursuing a university care ...more
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