The Plague

The Plague

Book - 1991
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A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1991.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9780679720218
0679720219
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gilbert, Stuart

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jacekwalkowicz
Oct 15, 2018

only one doctor in dark and his patience ++

Doctors should read this one. Doctors should write reviews.

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jmkwalkow
Sep 22, 2018

only one doctor in dark and his patience

RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

This timeless classic takes place in Camus's homeland of Algeria. The story is a parable of the Nazi occupation of France during the war. Camus portrays the inhumanity of the Nazis through an infectious disease carried by rats that threaten the coastal city of Oran, Algeria. The novel's most illuminating aspect is the profound force of human compassion and decency it portrays. Camus shows us the citizens of Oran demonstrating selfless courage and strength to resist the suffering brought upon them by the strange and fatal disease. The central character of Dr. Rieux embodies many of the important ideas Camus advocated throughout his life concerning the resilience and integrity of the human spirit. Camus's ideas of the absurd also resonate strongly throughout this novel. The Plague is among his best books.

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stewstealth
Dec 26, 2017

Allegorical novel that seems to match Nazi occupation though the philosophies and human conditions that Camus is describing in the novel match that of an occupation. Well thought out and constructed novel that provides a good deal of contemplation. Worth reading if you are interested.

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AaronAardvark1940
Jul 21, 2017

Contrary to the 2014 comment below, a lot happens in this short book. It is a deep discussion of how people respond to stress, particularly when their physical room for action is constrained (in this case, by quarantine). Camus looks at individuals in many different situations in life, describing how they act singly and in groups. Having recently read “The God Delusion” and “There Is a God,” I was very interested in his treatment of religion.
This book makes me want to go back fifty years to when I read “The Stranger,” to see if I really understood that book or grasped the concept of anomie,

Lauraparr Mar 01, 2014

Read few chapters at the beginning, few chapters at the end. Skip the middle as nothing happens for the best part of the book. Long and dull.

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stuvw27
Sep 08, 2010

When I read this book I imagined myself wearing a black beret and living alone in some dingy Parisian garret. This thought got me through several months of the reality of living in the treeless suburban subdivision with my mom and dad and sister. I suppose Camus would have turned over in his nice new grave if he had known what I was doing. By the time I really got to Paris the memory of this book got me through several afternoons of sitting at a sidewalk café nursing a café au lait and chain smoking Gitanes.

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rkhill
Jul 03, 2012

The plague hits a small town in North Africa and the town is quarantined - no one is allowed in or out. It is interesting to watch as people change during the ordeal - some start out very self-centered and end up trying to help others. Many die as the plague runs its course, but even those who survive are changed by the ordeal.

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