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ISBN: 0713995971 / ISBN-13: 9780713995978

The Plague


The Plague by Albert Camus is an extraordinary odyssey into the darkness and absurdity of human existence. 'On the morning of April 16, Dr Rieux ... Show synopsis

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  • The Plague (Allen Lane) – Hardcover (2001)
    by Albert Camus, Tony Judt (Introduction by), Robin Buss (Translator)

    The Plague

    Hardcover, Allen Lane
    New edition. New edition.
    256 pages

    ISBN: 0713995971
    ISBN-13: 9780713995978

    In 1940 a terrible plague descends on the Algerian town of Oran - carried by rats, it condemns its victims to a swift and hideous death...Whilst being in part an allegory for France's wartime traumas, the plague is also intensely real and frightening. It quickly establishes a stranglehold on the town of Oran, forcing the people that live there to be quarantined within its confines. Fear, paranoia, loneliness and claustrophobia all follow, illustrating the seemingly precarious and absurd nature of the human condition. ... Show more

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Reviews of The Plague

Overall customer rating: 5.000

a must read

by Mr.Walks on Nov 17, 2011

excellent literature from an amazing author. i would recommend anyone reading this book. I love the simplicity of the material. This book is good for everyone. From 15-50 yrs old.


Men at their best

by AnnieLou on 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 !!!

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