332 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 1947 by Gallimard.

OCLC Number:
77861318

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4 stars (56 reviews)

The Plague (French: La Peste) is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on a populace.

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Review of 'The plague' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

"He wanted to do what all those around him were doing, apparently believing that the plague can come and go without the hearts of men being changed"

Review of '[1948 Modern Library Edition] The Plague by Albert Camus; Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Perhaps out of a sense of morbidity, I decided that now - in the midst of a pandemic which has exiled almost all of us to the confines of our homes - would be as good a time as any to return, and finally to finish, Camus' The Plague. I had started the book a couple of years ago, but alas the writing of my Masters' thesis tore me away, and from then other distractions thrust themselves upon me.

I absolutely adored it. The strange, occasionally detached style of narration makes the experience slightly rough going at the start, but as the narrative begins to unfurl and the characters involved in this story more fully develop, the narrator allows himself to talk somewhat more 'subjectively' about these experiences. I found myself in love with the richness of these characters - particularly Jean Tarrou, who becomes Rieux's closest friend and …

Review of 'The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

It is always difficult to review a book of collected works and this one is more difficult than most. I loved The Plague and would give it four stars for sure. But a couple of the stories in here were extremely problematic (Camus was not known for being an anti-racist, feminist.) Some of it was just rather boring. That said, reading The Plague was exactly the kind of dark meditation on life that I needed right now. Yes. We are all on a losing battle with death. There is often not much we as individuals can do about the worst that happens - war, disease, sociopaths. But we can struggle and fight and find joy and commiserate with all the other poor fools in this same mess that we are in.

Review of '[1948 Modern Library Edition] The Plague by Albert Camus; Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I never could finish this book. I tried and tried, and years later I finally pulled it from the shelf, the bookmark still in place, and chucked it in the trade box. The Stranger was so good, and the Plague was supposed to be his best work, but it was dreadful. I couldn't do it. wish I felt differently.

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