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The Plague

12 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Albert Camus

The Nobel prize-winning Albert Camus, who died in 1960, could not have known how grimly current his existentialist novel of epidemic and death would remain. Set in Algeria, in northern Africa,The Plagueis a powerful study of human life and its meaning … see full wiki

Author: Albert Camus
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Vintage
3 reviews about The Plague
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Incredible portrait of human decency
review by . November 13, 2008
In the 21st century we expect to control and conquer disease. How can we imagine the horror of The Plague? Albert Camus gave us a chilling story, set in the Algerian city of Oran. First the rats bleed and die, and then people begin to fall sick with the dreaded bubonic plague. As the weekly death toll rises, officials seal off the city and the long exile begins.     The hospitals fill up and public buildings are requisitioned for makeshift plague wards. Quarantine camps are established. …
review by . August 30, 2005
Whether you are interested in a compelling story or an existential fable, the Plague is one of the most important fictional works of the century. More profound than the Stranger, because it presents the dilemma of the protagonist in a very different way. In the Stranger, the dilemma is that you've got to make choices, and whether you choose or don't you've made a choice, and the stranger alternates between evasion and arbitrariness until he discovers, almost too late (when his choices are confined …
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