I read “The Plague” right after reading “Swann’s Way”. The Plague concerns an outbreak of bubonic plague in the French-Algerian port city of Oran, sometime in the 1940s. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great time to make this choice, as difficult as that choice may be. 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. I called it poiso. A 1947 novel by the French philosopher Albert Camus has racked up sales since the Covid-19 pandemic engulfed our lives earlier this year. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Camus presents the plague as a threat to human existence, but gives humanity three choices. On the way plague reveals heretofore hidden aspects of society and its people: “It was as if the earth … 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. Looking death in its cold, in. Albert Camus (1913-60) grew up in a working-class neighbourhood in Algiers. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. and I doubt I could have picked a better one to start with than "The Plague, Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. A good read. The Plague The Plague is a novel by Albert Camus that was first published in 1947. Remarkably, though Camus never properly experienced a plague or a pandemic himself—he was only five when the novel H1N1 influenza virus burned its way across the globe in 1918—he captures what it feels like precisely. The Plague -- Translated from the French By Stuart Gilbert by Camus, Albert Missing dust jacket; Readable copy. . Publisher: Folio Society. Ah, death; it's always there, isn't it? This book has been one of the most influential in my life. Duodecimo. The Plague, or La Peste in its original French, is a novel written by philosopher/writer Albert Camus in 1947. A few years ago, back when I was a freshman in University, I read and reviewed The Stranger by Albert Camus. Because an epidemic normalizes the harshest and most inevitable truth of all: Death. … 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). A few years ago, back when I was a freshman in University, I read and reviewed The Stranger by Albert Camus. Either option to Camus is a God not worthy of worship. The mother who lost her only child in a car accident is aware of this. Since Amazon doesn't give me an opportunity to comment on the problems with the Kindle version, I have to do so here. I had held that opinion about the book since I read it nearly forty years ago. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. March 1991 In April, thousands of rats stagger into the open and die. 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. The answer, truly, is that human beings eventually make a habit of everything given the time and space to cope. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 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. The authorities finally arrange for the daily collection and cremation of the rats. For what is apartheid, and the many massacres in the name of ideology anything but just another face of the disease in our hearts. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The Plague author Albert Camus was born in Algeria, where the novel is set. His novel The Plague has recently garnered much worldwide attention do to the pandemic of 2020. 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. Which translation do you guys like the most? 7.25 x 5 in. 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. Camus (1913-1960) was born and raised in Algiers and became a journalist, essayist, and playwright as well as a novelist. 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. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2020. ‘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. 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. . This is an essential book. “The Plague” appeared in 1947, and it has been regarded as a major literary achievement ever since. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. Simple, quiet, thoughtful prose. . ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less It is up to each of us to make the right choice in the face of this disease. I tuned into the feeling that exudes a person's futile attempt to escape and I could feel the helplessness of the characters in each breath I inhaled, in the overwhelming elucidation of exile spread across each page. But I give the book only two stars because so much of the description was unnecessary, turning the book tiresome to read. Death seems to be a farfetched long-talked idea, an unpleasant episode others went through and never happened to us, an equivocal dot of a thoug. As I take my daily runs/walks people are friendlier, offering to help each other, barriers feel at times as if they are breaking down in certain ways here and there, and then when we went to the store there s the hoarding and some ugliness already. anyone wanting to ruminate on life, morality and religion. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY Stuart Gilbert . The Jews who witnessed the holocaust are aware of this. Early 1960's Modern Library Printing. The Plague is a novel about a plague epidemic in the large Algerian city of Oran. 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. 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. The Kindle version of The Plague is so horrible I suspect it was translated by a machine and never proofread by an English-speaking human. Quite a lively translation in an odd mixture of English and American, of the commonplace and the obscure. Everyone is … Please try again. So beware: the actual novel via Kindle is not the same as the sample. One of the first books of modern literature I read in high school, The Plague (La Peste) is absolutely chilling and incredibly written. However if I was to read it as I am now, I am inclined to write a different opinion. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2020. 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. This comment is only for the KIndle Version (not for the book itself(, Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2020. Thought provoking and a study of human nature this is a novel that is on par with the Stranger in my opinion. But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”. Camus presents the plague as a threat to human existence, but gives humanity three choices. Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2020. Start by marking “The Plague” as Want to Read: Error rating book. To see what your friends thought of this book, 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 masochi. What is life like during an epidemic? Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018. Set in Algeria, in northern Africa, “[Camus] believed that the actual historical incidents we call plagues are merely concentrations of a universal precondition, dramatic instances of a perpetual rule: that all human beings are vulnerable to being randomly exterminated at any time, by a virus, an accident or the actions of our fellow man . The Plague is essentially a philosophical novel, meaning that it forwards a particular worldview through its plot and characterization. Camus presents the plague as a threat to human existence, but gives humanity three choices. In his novel “ The Plague,” published in 1947, Albert Camus did not extend his imagined pestilence to the entire globe, like the coronavirus that is threatening the … 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. The unusual events described in this chronicle occurred in 194- at Oran. You can still read that review, I have not ommitted or changed anything. "There have been as many plagues in the world as there have been wars, yet plagues and wars always find people equally unprepared", “I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. The Plague. by Vintage International. I wanted no part of the apathetic darkness enshrouding Mersault and rejected any shred of wisdom the book presented. 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. . This was the time when it happened! For what is war, but another epidemic. A book that is almost 80 years old and yet speaks to us clearly in these strange times that are Covid lock downs. The plots goes around and around a plague that suddenly ravages the city. Book/Item: The Plague. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great time to make this choice, as difficult as that choice may be. It is up to each of us to make the right choice in the face of this disease. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great time to make this choice, as difficult as that choice may be. Ups and downs, but boredom won eventually. Something went wrong. There are many errors in formatting such that some sentences and interactions do not make sense. Hardcover. Swann’s way had left me completely mesmerized, longing for the bygones. I read “The Plague” right after reading “Swann’s Way”. The novel presents a snapshot of life in Oran as seen through the author's distinctive absurdist point of view. Albert Camus . I really like this book, and I find it very relevant to the modern world, for the Plague is indeed life. Ah, death; it's always there, isn't it? But would that still hold true if I read the book today? Of course it wasn’t a deliberate move. Perhaps those who awarded … 3/19/20 As my village on the edge of a big city faces a "shelter-in" injunction, as Covid 19 steadily intensifies, I thought of this book. 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. Of course it wasn’t a deliberate move. New York: Modern Library, 1962. In short, you have to keep changing pages because there is so little text on each page. ‘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. There's a problem loading this menu right now. A great piece of literature, very important for the current pandemic situation that the world is facing, but has relevance for all times in human history, as it was said - plague never really goes away. 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. He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, and became a journalist. One of the first books of modern literature I read in high school, The Plague (La Peste) is absolutely chilling and incredibly written. Death seems to be a farfetched long-talked idea, an unpleasant episode others went through and never happened to us, an equivocal dot of a thought swiftly burring under the teemed dirt of brains, and there are times, when death gets undressed of that dirt, arises naked and dances Rhythmically In tandem with you. Both works embody a reality. The mother who lost her only child in a car accident is aware of this. The plague is a literal epidemic of the modern Bubonic Plague that sweeps through a town in Algeria. The story centers on a physician and the people he works with and treats in an Algerian port town that is struck by the plague. People are dying. Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images A plague is spreading. As quarantines and sudden isolation from the outside world become a fact of life, our mild-mannered and selfless protagonist, Dr. Bernard Rieux maintains his cool despite exhaustion and the pestilence surrounding his long days. Pages may have considerable notes/highlighting. 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. It is interesting to recall that 19 MILLION people died in the US in 1918-1919 due to Spanish influenza so this is not something that is limited to far away distant Africa but could arrive anywhere. ‘T here have been as many plagues as wars in history,” Albert Camus writes in The Plague (now an Amazon best-seller! Now I'm sounding philosophical myself. DANIEL DEFOE . 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. The Myth of Sisyphus (Vintage International), RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English, The Consolation of Philosophy (Penguin Classics). I wanted no part of the apathetic darkness enshrouding Mersault and rejected any shred of wisdom the book presented. Major characters in Camus' fiction, therefore, can probably be expected either to disbelieve or to wrestle with the problem of belief. He speaks to us in our own times not because he was a magical seer who could intimate what the best epidemiologists could not, but because he correctly sized up human nature.”. Or do you pre-emptively stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye? 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. But the result from doing so -- when taken with time -- is a clear-eyed vision of the world we live in; the result of which is an inner-strength of which few know. When books are free this is unfortunate but understandable. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Being quite the optimistic and impressionable young lad that I was, the resolute bleakness of the book left a bad taste in my mouth. A timeless triumph. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Horrible translation or perhaps I should say horrible formatting and translation. It is a terrible fate, doomed upon us all, that could take place at any time, in millions of different ways. ", I read this book into the night, a stubborn reader determined to torture herself with the despondency that lurks throughout this novel. It is a terrible fate, doomed upon us all, that could take place at any time, in millions of different ways. 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. Life is brief... Camus knew this and had the fact proved first hand when he was smooshed in a car accident at the relatively young age of 46. Analysis Of Albert Camus 'BookThe Plague' 1424 Words | 6 Pages. 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. It cannot be helped. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Albert Camus’ The Plague is a laugh RIOT! The Plague, published in 1947, was Albert Camus’ international breakthrough. Camus uses a dry tone (somewhat like Cormac McCarthy's) and a nearly emotionless narrator to describe the catastrophe in Oran, Algeria. This book is a gripping tale, that does not let up, and has you gasping throughout. It is interesting to recall that 19 MILL. An extraordinary work of literature, simply extraordinary. “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. I received a sample, which was fine, so I bought the Kindle version. Please try again. Looking death in its cold, indiscriminating eye, is perhaps the most difficult thing one can do. Moreover in my opinion there are a few inconsistencies: in the attempt of being ultra-real, the author stumbled. Some "scenes" are memorable and may add to the reader: how do people behave and react? I was then filled with eagerness and vigor for life stemming from this new found independence afforded by higher education. We’d love your help. The first-person narrator is unnamed but mostly follows Dr. Bernard Rieux.Rieux notices the sudden appearance of dying rats around town, and soon thousands of rats are coming out into the open to die. Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020. 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. His most important works include The Outsider, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Plague and The Fall. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Sadly few parallels for our Covid ridden times, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2019. Both works embody a reality. One novel, Albert Camus’s The Plague is frequently mentioned as an outstanding example of “plague literature,” and I recently read it for the first time to see if it had anything to say to those of us who live in Santa Barbara about how we might survive our own contagion. My head is buzzing from all the proffered ideas, and the story and writing are excellent too. I finally comprehend that it is not necessary to understand a story to like it. 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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Albert Camus - "The Plague" Book review When COVID-19 times started "The Plague" by Albert Camus become once again popular. Strange but it is true. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Free gifts are usually worth roughly what one pays for them. If there are obvious flaws on the book or on dustjacket, I note them. Death is coming people and nothing can stop it. Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020. 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. 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 … if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is.” -Albert Camus, The Fall In Albert Camus’ novel The Plague, the author employs three main characters -- the narrator, Tarrou, and Father Paneloux -- to represent extremist views on religion and science in culture. First the rats are dying in the streets of the Algerian coastal city Oran, then the plague breaks out. CAMUS, Albert. For more on the spread of disease, check out Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (I reviewed it here on GR). My apologies for not being able to recommend a good translation but I at least wanted to warn you against this one translation. When a charge is levied, however, as here, the reader has a right to expect accuracy, and this text doesn't deliver. 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?). The Plague is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story from the point of view of an unknown narrator of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I was reminded a bit of Saramago's, The Plague is one of my favourite novels of 2019. Reading philosophical fiction back to back can have an impression on your thinking! That boy is long gone, instead here writing is a man resigned to the bitterness he has since learned to appreciate. Someone needs to proof read this translation- it seems like something done by computer and not by a person. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But yeah, I don't recommend his translation. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.”, “I know that man is capable of great deeds. Refresh and try again. Please try again. 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. 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." I have not read a Camus book since I read the "Stranger" over thirty years ago. I'm reading this a second time, about 60 years after my first. The people of Haiti know this. It is up to each of us to make the right choice in the face of this disease. Welcome back. 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. As a philosopher familiar with Camus’ thought, I’d like to highlight the book’s main philosophical themes. The Plague is a transparent allegory of the Nazi occupation of France beginning in spring 1940. I also loved the fact that the stranded opera company kept performing. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. This book speaks of the things that are, rather than things that were. Second reading. 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. Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) was a French author and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. If you lived in an ordinary community quite unexpectedly facing an existential stress test, what would you do? But The Plague left me assessing the actual approach which governs human beings when faced with discomforts in life. Camus is often considered an existentialist, but the philosophy he most identified with and developed was called absurdism. As with so many e-books, there are many typos, the result, I suppose of inaccurate electronic scanning. When a mild hysteria grips the population, the newspapers begin clamoring for action. At first, everyone is in denial. The Plague is yet another book that I liked, despite the inability to fully understand the underlying themes. The people of Haiti know this. "Treeless, glamourless, soulless, the town of Oran ends by seeming restful and, after a while, you go complacently to sleep there. However, the entire book in Kindle is different from the sample. I called it poison. The author makes detailed descriptions of the environment, mood and characters. The Jews who witnessed the holocaust are aware of this. The answer, truly, is that human beings eventually make a habit of everything given the time and space to cope. 45 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2021. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published What is life like during an epidemic? 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. Unable to add item to List. Everyone agreed 4+ Stars. 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? 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