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And, indeed, as he listened to the cries of joy rising from the town, Rieux remembered that such jo…moreIt has a good and profound ending.
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And, indeed, as he listened to the cries of joy rising from the town, Rieux remembered that such joy is always imperiled. He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know but could have learned from books: that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks, and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day would come when, for the bane and the enlightening of men, it would rouse up its rats again and send them forth to die in a happy city.(less)
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 ...more
How would you deal with the situation, and which character traits of yours would all of a sudden come to the surface? How would you treat your friends, neighbours and fellow citizens? What would you do to change the situation?
These questions have been haunting me ever since I first read “La Peste” in school, over two decades ago. I have reread it since then, with the same fascination, ...more
The Plague (French: La Peste) is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on a populace. The Plague is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to th ...more
"...that a loveless world is a dead world, and always there comes an hour when one is weary of prisons, of one’s work, and of devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart."
Well this book about human resilience in the face of horror/sickness/plague was WORK for me. I found myself having to read and re-read sections as this book is not just a book but a social, political, philosophical commentary. I found myself thinking "huh? what did ...more
Evidently, it wasn't enough for me to read about global pandemics in the works of Kurt Vonnegut or Margaret Atwood. Albert Camus' The Plague isn't about a future apocalyptic world, but the quarantine and death by disease of citizens in the Algerian city of Oran. Camus' plague is more about the human condition and the existential crisis posed by the disease. Even if the plague also represents a Nazi occupation (as some claim), there is s ...more
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 ...more
The Plague: Resistance and Activism for This or Any Time
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And it is also figurative and symbolic - the African town, the colonial remnant of Oran, is “sealed off” as a result (as political powers seal us off nowadays, from obtrusive and disturbing Truth?) in a collective slumber of despair.
But guess what... within its sealed demesne, good men are doing active and physically-engaged Good Things within the vibrant frame of a new kind of po ...more
Many people read The Stranger and think Camus is a pessimist, ...more
Oran is isolated, separated and cut off from the rest of the world, the inhabitants become "prisoners of The Plague", the city resembles a condemned to death.
The epidemic p ...more
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 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 ...more
I see the plague as a symbol od inevitability of human suffering - crisis, sickness, torture, death that can come up at any moment, at any time. That is existential vulnerability that we as humans have to live with, thought out all ages.
But in face of collective adversity, we have the ability to c ...more
Thus, in a middle course between these heights...more
The story is about a plague that wraps the city of Oran, isolating the city completely from the outside world. Cut off from the world, parted f ...more
Anything else that I might say about this outstanding novel is bound to be trite nonsense. Fortunately there are many splendid reviews of it.
Although I have read L’étranger/The Outsider in both French and English I forgot what a brilliant author Albert ...more
Some have argued that Camus should have stuck to journalism, being a politically aware bad-ass and ...more
As the plague in the story begins to claim lives, its residents are forced to witness the deaths of even young children. The character of Father Paneloux reminds the residents of Oran that they "must trust in the divine goodness, even as to the deat ...more
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 som ...more
"But you don't believe in God."
"Exactly! Can one be a saint without God? - that's the problem, in fact the only problem, I'm up against today"
The Plague marks a significant change in Camus' view of ethics, and life itself, from The Stranger. Probably his best novel.
In The Thought and Art of Albert Camus, Thomas Hanna writes
The plague is evil and sin is giving in to this evil. Tarrou, in speak...more
Deeply human and showing a believe in the overall good of humanity, without closing eyes to our weaker instincts. - 4 stars
All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it's up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences.
A compelling and surprisingly quick classic in these strange times.
The Plague reads like a fever dream.
The story of Oran is quite si ...more
11 April 2020
When I told my friend that I was reading this book, his response was ‘why am I not surprised’. Honestly, I was sitting at my computer, swinging my computer chair around and looking at the collection of books on the bookshelf that are composed of books that I have read, and I saw The Plague sitting there, almost screaming out to me. Yeah, so I decided to grab it, put it on my coffee table where I have my morning cup of tea, and made it the next book that I wa ...more
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