The Plague by Albert Camus

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I much preferred ‘The Fall’ over ‘The Plague’. In ‘The Fall’, I was completely involved in the story all the way. In ‘The Plague’, I felt detached from the story, so that it seemed more like news reporting than personally involving for me.
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Synopsis

A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.
 

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Albert Camus (1913-1960), Algerian-French novelist, essayist, and playwright, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
 
Published August 8, 2012 by Vintage. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, History, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 19 2011

...this is a work of considerable significance and stature, distinguished by its clarity, its composure, and above all, its scrupulous classicism.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Marina Warner on Apr 26 2003

...The Plague is about courage, about engagement, about paltriness and generosity, about small heroism and large cowardice, and about all kinds of profoundly humanist problems, such as love and goodness, happiness and mutual connection...It's excitingly and tightly plotted, constructed in five acts like a Greek tragedy.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Marina Warner on Apr 26 2003

In The Plague, the stricken protagonists are searching for some way of being human beyond heroism and sanctity. I suppose I was right that Camus vision was bleak, but I was wrong to take comfort from that.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Aug 02 2014

Of course, the answer isn't always the one we want. But if Camus teaches us anything, it's that even when tragedy is inevitable we have no choice but to look for that meaning and to find it in one another.

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Amrita Dutta on Sep 19 2015

It is not too much to say that this novel has the power to change one’s outlook towards life. I started reading it with a feeling that it would turn out to be very bleak. After finishing it I found that it had neither depressed nor uplifted my spirits; it had moved me in a way that was entirely new.

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Where Pen Meets Paper

Above average
Reviewed by Donovan Richards on Aug 07 2012

Camus’ The Plague exhibits the horrifying nature of disease. It also promotes the tenacity of humanity. If you are interested in gritty realism, check out The Plague.

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Chicago Center For Literature And Photography

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Pettus on May 21 2010

Today I find The Plague not only an undeniable classic, but also give it one of the strongest recommendations of any book in this series I've so far read.

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Tony's Book World

Below average
Reviewed by Anokatony on Apr 25 2010

I much preferred ‘The Fall’ over ‘The Plague’. In ‘The Fall’, I was completely involved in the story all the way. In ‘The Plague’, I felt detached from the story, so that it seemed more like news reporting than personally involving for me.

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John Baker's Blog

Above average
Reviewed by John Baker on Jul 07 2007

Camus has a story to tell but he also has a message. Now that God is no longer part of our equation we have to take our destiny into our own hands.

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