The Plague

The Plague

Book - 1948
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The Plague is Albert Camus's world-renowned fable of fear and courage

The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease- some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr Rieux, resist the terror.
An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an allegory of France's suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.
'A matchless fable of fear, courage and cowardice' Independent
'Magnificent' The Times
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.
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1948.
ISBN: 9780141185132
Characteristics: 251 P.


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Jul 04, 2020

This book highlights the highs, lows, mixed emotions, fatigue and desperation of living through a pandemic and a "lockdown". As well it shows that its a long haul we’re in, and change is inevitable.

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On talking of how the prison was especially hit by the plague, “The plague was no respecter of persons and under its despotic rule everyone, from the warden down to the humblest delinquent, was under sentence and, perhaps for the time, impartial justice reigned in prison.”

“The evil that is in this world always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.”
-Albert Camus “The Plague”

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