After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. There are many errors in formatting such that some sentences and interactions do not make sense. It is up to each of us to make the right choice in the face of this disease. His most important works include The Outsider, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Plague and The Fall. And eventually they get used to death, to mourn silently, to treat the new sick and to quarantine the ones they were in contact with as if it. I was then filled with eagerness and vigor for life stemming from this new found independence afforded by higher education. Of course it wasn’t a deliberate move. Welcome back. Looking death in its cold, indiscriminating eye, is perhaps the most difficult thing one can do. I finally comprehend that it is not necessary to understand a story to like it. The Plague is a transparent allegory of the Nazi occupation of France beginning in spring 1940. Get ready for some out-of-this-world reading and some insane near-realities with the science fiction and fantasy books that are catching the... A gripping tale of human unrelieved horror, of survival and resilience, and of the ways in which humankind confronts death. And eventually they get used to death, to mourn silently, to treat the new sick and to quarantine the ones they were in contact with as if it were a regular day's work. But as I moved on, I realized that reading of ‘The Plague’ had rendered something quite remarkable in the way I realized and appreciated both works. Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images A plague is spreading. The Plague is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. The Plague is yet another book that I liked, despite the inability to fully understand the underlying themes. From the emergence of the rats as the early signal of what is to come and the somewhat inside nature of the initial response, Camus could have been writing about the current Vivid 19 outbreak. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.”, “I know that man is capable of great deeds. The novel presents a snapshot of life in Oran as seen through the author's distinctive absurdist point of view. This book has been one of the most influential in my life. What is life like during an epidemic? It is a look at humanity at its darkest and most terrifying of times when death, is at your footstep and its presence is everywhere. Reading philosophical fiction back to back can have an impression on your thinking! Few writers kept their work as close to the subject of death as did Albert Camus, one of the greatest novelists and essayists of the 20th century, who met his … Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2020. However, the entire book in Kindle is different from the sample. But would that still hold true if I read the book today? But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”. There may also be a remainder mark (a single pen mark across the outer edge of the pages), or the dustjacket may be clipped (the removal of the original price from the dustjacket by clipping it off with a pair of scissors). Horrible translation or perhaps I should say horrible formatting and translation. THE PLAGUE . Find all the books, read about the author, and more. That boy is long gone, instead here writing is a man resigned to the bitterness he has since learned to appreciate. Which translation do you guys like the most? But I give the book only two stars because so much of the description was unnecessary, turning the book tiresome to read. I received a sample, which was fine, so I bought the Kindle version. The people of Haiti know this. An extraordinary work of literature, simply extraordinary. The book does not flow as intended. Publisher: Folio Society. Now I'm sounding philosophical myself. A good read. My head is buzzing from all the proffered ideas, and the story and writing are excellent too. Either option to Camus is a God not worthy of worship. Ups and downs, but boredom won eventually. Camus presents the plague as a threat to human existence, but gives humanity three choices. Both works embody a reality. One of the first books of modern literature I read in high school, The Plague (La Peste) is absolutely chilling and incredibly written. I find his exploration of religion very astute--that God is either not able to prevent evil and is thus not omnipotent or that God is all powerful and thus condones evil. The person who had asked me to select my top five novels had found out that he no longer felt the same way about many of his favorite novels he had read as a young adult. Ah, death; it's always there, isn't it? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2020, How quickly the unanticipated can disrupt lives, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 13, 2020, Fascinating examination of a closed society under siege. The Plague concerns an outbreak of bubonic plague in the French-Algerian port city of Oran, sometime in the 1940s. Everyone agreed At first, everyone is in denial. It is as reasonable to represent one kind of imprisonment by another, as it is to represent anything that really exists by that which exists not. Thankfully, I have decided to start reading his works, once again, and I doubt I could have picked a better one to start with than "The Plague." 7.25 x 5 in. For example, there are huge spaces between each paragraph and sentences that just break off so you have to read sentences vertically. One of the first books of modern literature I read in high school, The Plague (La Peste) is absolutely chilling and incredibly written. For what is apartheid, and the many massacres in the name of ideology anything but just another face of the disease in our hearts. Being quite the optimistic and impressionable young lad that I was, the resolute bleakness of the book left a bad taste in my mouth. and it's just really beginning here. A classic and a monumental work of existentialism, it is perhaps a valid thing to read with Drumpf likely to kill research grants to public foundations for researching cures for diseases. ‘Swann’s Way’ speaks of the reality that is long gone by and one wish to remember and cherish, whereas, ‘The Plague’ makes one more acutely aware of the bleakness of actual reality when imposed through an epidemic such as plague. But the question is, do you ignore this fact and live in a kind of blissful fluffy world where it seems nothing can go wrong? The plague is a literal epidemic of the modern Bubonic Plague that sweeps through a town in Algeria. It is interesting to recall that 19 MILL. Humankind is always been haunted by the idea of oblivion, the mere thought of being forgotten, the inkling of being swiped out of the face of earth, from memory, from hearts of those who were held close, strikes us down like an old rotten sapling, that didn’t see the good days of opulence, nor was given the sun enough, so couldn’t grow to become a tree. Camus (1913-1960) was born and raised in Algiers and became a journalist, essayist, and playwright as well as a novelist. When a mild hysteria grips the population, the newspapers begin clamoring for action. The Jews who witnessed the holocaust are aware of this. I'm surprised that the publishers don't take more pride in their product. If there are obvious flaws on the book or on dustjacket, I note them. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. It cannot be helped. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2020. Humankind is always been haunted by the idea of oblivion, the mere thought of being forgotten, the inkling of being swiped out of the face of earth, from memory, from hearts of those who were held close, strikes us down like an old rotten sapling, that didn’t see the good days of opulence, nor was given the sun enough, so couldn’t grow to become a tree. Start by marking “The Plague” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I called it poison. I'm reading this a second time, about 60 years after my first. Camus uses a dry tone (somewhat like Cormac McCarthy's) and a nearly emotionless narrator to describe the catastrophe in Oran, Algeria. Someone needs to proof read this translation- it seems like something done by computer and not by a person. Duodecimo. Albert Camus (1913-60) grew up in a working-class neighbourhood in Algiers. Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2017. The Jews who witnessed the holocaust are aware of this. As a philosopher familiar with Camus’ thought, I’d like to highlight the book’s main philosophical themes. In short, you have to keep changing pages because there is so little text on each page. Free gifts are usually worth roughly what one pays for them. To enter into the literary world of Albert Camus, one must realize, first off, that one is dealing with an author who does not believe in God. But for those that have candidly looked into the eye of death -- for those that keep its hard reality within their awareness -- there is a wisdom and depth that emanates. So beware: the actual novel via Kindle is not the same as the sample. As with so many e-books, there are many typos, the result, I suppose of inaccurate electronic scanning. The Plague is a novel about a plague epidemic in the large Algerian city of Oran. It is a terrible fate, doomed upon us all, that could take place at any time, in millions of different ways. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. But The Plague left me assessing the actual approach which governs human beings when faced with discomforts in life. Second reading. I also loved the fact that the stranded opera company kept performing. A timeless triumph. 278 pp. THE PLAGUE is a gripping and horrific tale of confronting death and survival filled with Camus' usual philosophical points of view resulting in an unforgettable read. Refresh and try again. Major characters in Camus' fiction, therefore, can probably be expected either to disbelieve or to wrestle with the problem of belief. Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The Plague, published in 1947, was Albert Camus’ international breakthrough. Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) was a French author and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. This comment is only for the KIndle Version (not for the book itself(, Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2020. “The Plague” appeared in 1947, and it has been regarded as a major literary achievement ever since. In 1947, when he was 34, Albert Camus, the Algerian-born French writer (he would win the Nobel Prize for Literature ten years later, and die in a car crash three years after that) provided an astonishingly detailed and penetrating answer to these questions in his novel The Plague. Camus’s novel offers a glimpse of this in a conversation between Dr. Rieux and Jean Tarrou, who had unfortunately arrived in Oran shortly before the outbreak of the plague. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. Thought provoking and a study of human nature this is a novel that is on par with the Stranger in my opinion. Simple, quiet, thoughtful prose. This is an essential book. Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020. When asked to list my top five novels, I included The Plague. I called it poiso. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. The people of Haiti know this. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great time to make this choice, as difficult as that choice may be. Yes, I remember I wanted to buy it somewhere at the beginning of 2020 and it went out of circulation, so Folio (Ukrainian publisher who published translation) made a new edition, which I bought in summer and read in December. Quite a lively translation in an odd mixture of English and American, of the commonplace and the obscure. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Most individuals (and groups of individuals) spend their days fighting the fact of death, lying to themselves, using clever ways to avoid its ever-present reality. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great time to make this choice, as difficult as that choice may be. I started to read Stuart Gilbert's translation and forced my way through 40% of the book when I finally had put it down (I might be a bit of a masochist?). A book that is almost 80 years old and yet speaks to us clearly in these strange times that are Covid lock downs. I would read again only selected passages, the ones I appreciated, but would avoid to read the book entirely again and therefore I do not recommend it. Plague, The - July 2020: 39 40: Nov 28, 2020 08:35AM Goodreads România: Citește cu mine: Ciuma, de Albert Camus: 9 65: Sep 02, 2020 01:32AM James Mustich's 1...: The Plague - August 2020: 7 … The Plague is essentially a philosophical novel, meaning that it forwards a particular worldview through its plot and characterization. Camus uses the premise of a town infected by the plague and quarantined from the rest of the world to explore some of the great philosophical questions. It is up to each of us to make the right choice in the face of this disease. His novel The Plague has recently garnered much worldwide attention do to the pandemic of 2020. If you lived in an ordinary community quite unexpectedly facing an existential stress test, what would you do? “The Plague” takes place in Oran, a city that Camus, as a son and partisan of its rival, Algiers, found tacky, shallow, commercial; treeless and soulless. Please try again. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published When a charge is levied, however, as here, the reader has a right to expect accuracy, and this text doesn't deliver. ‘Swann’s Way’ speaks of the reality that is long gone by and one wish to remember and cherish, whereas, ‘The Plague’ makes one more acutely aware of the bleakness of actual reality when imposed through an epidemic such as plague. New York: Modern Library, 1962. Please try again. But as I moved on, I realized that reading of ‘The Plague’ had rendered something quite remarkable in the way I realized and appreciated both works. anyone wanting to ruminate on life, morality and religion. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I was then filled with eagerness and vigor for life stemming from this new found independence afforded by higher education. Author/Editors: Albert Camus. The author makes detailed descriptions of the environment, mood and characters. Moreover in my opinion there are a few inconsistencies: in the attempt of being ultra-real, the author stumbled. Camus uses a dry tone (somewhat like Cormac McCarthy's) and a nearly emotionless narrator to describe the catastrophe in Oran, Algeria. The mother who lost her only child in a car accident is aware of this. The unusual events described in this chronicle occurred in 194- at Oran. 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