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message 1: by M. (new)

M. Donner If you liked "The Plague" I would highly recommend "The Stranger," also by Camus. What an odd, unforgettable, important book for me.


message 2: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Terrington M. wrote: "If you liked "The Plague" I would highly recommend "The Stranger," also by Camus. What an odd, unforgettable, important book for me."

Thanks for the recommendation! I have to read 'The Outsider' for uni next year so I was trying to get into Camus' style a touch earlier and The Plague was a shortish book. Quite fascinating though.


message 3: by M. (new)

M. Donner "The Stranger" or "The Outsider" is even shorter. It has an ending unlike any other book I have read. Not in content, but with the main speaker's voice. Are you going to read it before the class?


message 4: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Terrington M. wrote: ""The Stranger" or "The Outsider" is even shorter. It has an ending unlike any other book I have read. Not in content, but with the main speaker's voice. Are you going to read it before the class?"

I think I will - I generally do read these books well before I have to, in order to get into them. But I haven't been able to find a copy yet. As soon as I can I will be reading it.


message 5: by M. (new)

M. Donner I am glad. I love literary analysis, but I think it will be one of those books that are wonderful to read before you explore it in an analytical, class setting. I hope you can find a copy; there are some really great, older copies on AbeBooks. PM me if you still have trouble. It's quite the book to experience for yourself.


message 6: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Terrington Yes I definitely like experiencing books for yourself :)


message 7: by Cecily (new)

Cecily A refreshingly different - and entertaining - style of review.


message 8: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Terrington Cecily wrote: "A refreshingly different - and entertaining - style of review."

Thank you, it's also a refreshingly different book in its way!


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Mark Cecily's comment x 2


message 10: by Robert (new)

Robert Jonathan: How did you learn all this about me, a confused and wandering man? Great Review..


message 11: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Robert wrote: "Jonathan: How did you learn all this about me, a confused and wandering man? Great Review.."

This is the sort of comment for which I wish GR had a "Like" button.


message 12: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Terrington I second Cecily, I wish I could say how much I liked your comment Rob :)


message 13: by Jiachen (new)

Jiachen Guo It is unfair for you to attempt to glorify option d by not mentioning that those that chose it have a much lower chance of survival than those that chose either b or c


message 14: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Terrington Jiachen wrote: "It is unfair for you to attempt to glorify option d by not mentioning that those that chose it have a much lower chance of survival than those that chose either b or c"

That is the point of The Plague's existentialist message however, hence the quiz for a review. That those who are more observant and act on observation (d), do not necessarily have a higher chance of survival than those who are sheep (b), or worse - are observant but do not act (c). Those who are entirely ignorant are worse off (a) of course. Essentially, Camus' work here glorifies that those who are intelligent may-or-may-not survive over those who are unintelligent or uninspired. In other words, plagues do not care about whether you notice them or otherwise and noticing them may lead to a lower chance of survival as you have said.


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