Men at their best Mar 14, 2008
Published under the unsuspecting censorship of the Nazi occupation of WW2 France, Camus "pulls off" an engrossing literary parallel of human behavior under the duress of a "plague". The entire account can also be compared to terrorism under the Nazi regime. Five main characters fill out the story: Father Paneloux, Cottard, Grand, Rimbaud and Tarrou, as told by the narrator, Dr. Rieux. The plague is set in the small french algerian town of Oran,in contemporary times, While some citizens rallied others retreated or profiteered by the crisis. The main characters come forward in varying heroic contexts. The chronicle of Dr. Rieux reveals the personal strengths of the men who cast aside their own safety and happiness for a greater cause (clearly reminescent of the French underground. ) In the final pages of the book, Camus' conclusions are made: Peace can never be a final "victory", but will be forever threatened by enduring
terrorism and global evil. A five star by one of Camus' best !!!