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The Plague by Albert Camus
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The Plague is yet another book that I liked, despite the inability to fully understand the underlying themes. I finally comprehend that it is not necessary to understand a story to like it. Strange but it is true. Now I'm sounding philosophical myself. It cannot be helped. Reading philosophical fiction back to back can have an impression on your thinking!

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 from their loved ones and faced with a deadly enemy, the people of Oran live with great anguish and in isolation. It is believed that the story was influenced by a cholera epidemic that saw to the death of a large number of people in Oran in mid-19th century. And it is also believed that metaphorically the story refers to the time of Nazi occupation in France and the French resistance against the Nazis. Whatever the case may be, to my understanding, the story is an account of human conduct in the face of a calamity. Choosing different characters and through them, Camus dwells on how people individually and collectively act when they are faced with a catastrophe. He also penetrates deep in to the human mind and exposes the temporary and permanent changes in individual persons as well as collectively in the society that takes place in such a situation.

While Camus’s philosophical thoughts held my interest in the book, reading it was quite a struggle. There were many long and tedious paragraphs which at times wandered away from the topic; and there were no beautiful prose to cater to your heart. But, despite all this, I could not put it down. The story demanded my attention in such a way that all I could do was to submit. I was deprived of the choice whether to continue or not. All along I was burdened with an uneasy feeling that if I give up I would be guilty of doing something wrong (it sounds funny, I know).

Anyhow, I was glad that I read it through. I can even say that I liked it in my own way; philosophical and monotonous perhaps; but what does that matter, if it pleases you.
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Reading Progress

July 9, 2018 – Shelved
July 9, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 9, 2018 – Shelved as: french-lit
July 10, 2018 – Started Reading
July 11, 2018 –
page 102
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July 12, 2018 –
page 215
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July 13, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Loretta Good review Piyangie. This was my second book by Albert Camus (first was The Stranger) and probably my last.


message 2: by Piyangie (last edited Jul 14, 2018 08:05AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Piyangie Loretta wrote: "Good review Piyangie. This was my second book by Albert Camus (first was The Stranger) and probably my last."

Thank you, Loretta. I'll be reading The Stranger soon. I wanted to read it too, since it is much talked about. I'm not sure if I would read any more of Camus; probably not this year.


Piyangie By the way Loretta, I found Albert Camus to be more reader friendly than Franz Kafka!


Loretta Piyangie wrote: "By the way Loretta, I found Albert Camus to be more reader friendly than Franz Kafka!"

Wow! Really Piyangie? I don't know about that. I really like Franz Kafka.


Piyangie Loretta wrote: "Piyangie wrote: "By the way Loretta, I found Albert Camus to be more reader friendly than Franz Kafka!"

Wow! Really Piyangie? I don't know about that. I really like [..."


:-)


Ilse It is too long ago for recalling the finesses of The Plague, Piyangie (a school read about 30 years ago) but your "Camus dwells on how people individually and collectively act when they are faced with a catastrophe. He also penetrates deep in to the human mind and exposes the temporary and permanent changes in individual persons as well as collectively of the society that takes place in such a situation." in my opinion gives a pretty perfect rendition of the essence of the novel. Great review!


Piyangie Ilse wrote: "It is too long ago for recalling the finesses of The Plague, Piyangie (a school read about 30 years ago) but your "Camus dwells on how people individually and collectively act when they are faced w..."

Thank you very much, Ilse.


Rosemarie Wonderful review, Piyangie. It is one of my favourite works of Camus. You have captured the essence of the novel very well.


Piyangie Rosemarie wrote: "Wonderful review, Piyangie. It is one of my favourite works of Camus. You have captured the essence of the novel very well."

Thank you very much, Rosemarie.


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Laurene Great review!


Piyangie Laurene wrote: "Great review!"

Thank you, Laurene.


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