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 ...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 sleep peacefully in their beds but the ...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 ...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
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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...more
Thus, in a middle course between these heights...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 ...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 ...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
"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...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 ...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
I knew what I was letting myself in for here, hence the title, but damn this was grim, and it certainly wasn't an easy read. As early as when the description of the huge rats came about, I was actually sitting here and shuddering.
Once the plague is discovered in the quiet town of Oran, humans have no choice other than to face death head on. This is something no ...more
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 ...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.
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