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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
- أرأيت يا دكتور ؟ إنّها تخرج
قالت الزوجة :
- نعم ، لقد التقط جارنا ثلاثة منها .
ثم أخذ العجوز يفرك يديه و هو يقول :
-إنّها تخرج ، و يعثرون عليها في كل صندوق من صناديق القمامة المنزلية . إنّه الجوع !
قال الدكتور :
- أمر غريب بالفعل !!
صرخ العجوز :
- إنّــــها الكارثــــة !
مقدمة لا جدوى منها :
الطاعون من الأوبئة الأكثر فتكا و التي عرفها الإنسان عبر تاريخه، و هو مرض معدي لقّب بالموت الأسود و خلّف وراءه
ملايين الضحايا .
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- إذن نحن أمام رواية تحكي عن تاريخ الطاعون ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Many people read The Stranger and think Camus is a pessimist, ...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
لن يقتنع الآخرون بحججك، بإخلاصك، بحقيقة معاناتك إلا بموتك
الحقيقة كالضوء، تعمي
الكذب كالشفق الجميل الذي يسحر كل موجود
أحب الحياة- هذه هي نقطة ضعفي
أحبها بشكل كبير لدرجة أني غير قادر على أن تخيل عكسها
لتكون سعيدا فإنه من الضروري أن لا تهتم كثيرا بالآخرين
الإنسان لا يمكن أن يكون متيقنا من أي شيء
نحن مخلوقات إست ...more
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
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.
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
Thus, in a middle course between these heights...more
“I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” --Camus
I first read The Plague, the second in the trilogy with The Stranger, and The Fall, when I was eighteen. I had just read The Stranger. [Note, this is not that kind of trilogy; you can read each of them independently from each other; they don't have any intersecting characters.]. It was 1 ...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 s ...more
Some have argued that Camus should have stuck to journalism, being a politically aware bad-ass and ...more
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 ...more
اگر من جایِ <آلبر کامو> بودم، سرنوشت آن کشیش احمق را جوری در داستان رقم می ...more
…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 ...more
Η Πανούκλα προσφέρεται για πολλές μεταφράσεις ανάλογα με τη ματιά του εκάστοτε αναγνώστη. Μπορεί να αντιπροσωπεύ ...more
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.
Speaking of Plagues,
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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