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La Peste by Albert Camus
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Mar 09, 12

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Read in March, 2012

Yes, my main feeling upon finishing this book is a great sense of accomplishment for reading it in French! But apart from that, it was a gripping story. I like Camus's simple style (not just for it probably being easier for a non-native French speaker), which is particularly fitting to describe the horrors of a plague sweeping a city with some objectivity.

The band of ordinary characters through whose eyes we see events were likeable and funny, and their flaws ultimately only made them more so. Camus is good at allowing the characters to discuss what could be considered philosophy in a natural way, showing how personal philosophy guides the life and actions of every character and is particularly tested in this sort of crisis. On a larger scale, the city under seige is forced to adjust its own philosophy of life, setting itself apart from the world outside even when the ports finally reopen.

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