The Plague

The Plague

Book - 1991
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For use in schools and libraries only. Chaos prevails when the bubonic plague strikes the Algerian coastal city of Oran.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991.
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed.
ISBN: 9780606043212
Branch Call Number: FIC CAMU
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 21 cm.


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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.

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.

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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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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