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 emerged from his consulting-room and came across a dead rat in the middle of the landing.' It starts with the rats. Vomiting blood, they die in their hundreds, then in their thousands. When the rats are ...
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 emerged from his consulting-room and came across a dead rat in the middle of the landing.' It starts with the rats. Vomiting blood, they die in their hundreds, then in their thousands. When the rats are all gone, the citizens begin to fall sick. Like the rats, they too die in ever greater numbers. The authorities quarantine the town. Cut off, the terrified townspeople must face this horror alone. Some resign themselves to death or the whims of fate. Others seek someone to blame or dream of revenge. One is determined to escape. But a few, like stoic Dr Rieux, stand together to fight the terror. A monstrous evil has entered their lives but they will never surrender to it. They will resist the plague. "A matchless fable of fear, courage and cowardice". (Independent). Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. He studied philosophy in Algiers and then worked in Paris as a journalist. He was one of the intellectual leaders of the Resistance movement and, after the War, established his international reputation as a writer. His books include The Plague, The Just and The Fall, and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus was killed in a road accident in 1960.
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.
Mar 14, 2008
Men at their best
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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