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. Because an epidemic normalizes the harshest and most inevitable truth of all: Death. Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 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. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. At first, everyone is in denial. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. A few years ago, back when I was a freshman in University, I read and reviewed The Stranger by Albert Camus. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. My apologies for not being able to recommend a good translation but I at least wanted to warn you against this one translation. “The Plague” appeared in 1947, and it has been regarded as a major literary achievement ever since. People are dying. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less Ups and downs, but boredom won eventually. 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 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. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. 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. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2020. "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. Ah, death; it's always there, isn't it? 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. “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. Ah, death; it's always there, isn't it? The mother who lost her only child in a car accident is aware of this. The Myth of Sisyphus (Vintage International), RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English, The Consolation of Philosophy (Penguin Classics). 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. 4+ Stars. The Plague concerns an outbreak of bubonic plague in the French-Algerian port city of Oran, sometime in the 1940s. What is life like during an epidemic? 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. However if I was to read it as I am now, I am inclined to write a different opinion. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Being quite the optimistic and impressionable young lad that I was, the resolute bleakness of the book left a bad taste in my mouth. As with so many e-books, there are many typos, the result, I suppose of inaccurate electronic scanning. . Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) was a French author and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Everyone agreed 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. Hardcover. His novel The Plague has recently garnered much worldwide attention do to the pandemic of 2020. I was reminded a bit of Saramago's, The Plague is one of my favourite novels of 2019. We’d love your help. 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. It is up to each of us to make the right choice in the face of this disease. 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. If there are obvious flaws on the book or on dustjacket, I note them. 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. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There was a problem loading your book clubs. When a charge is levied, however, as here, the reader has a right to expect accuracy, and this text doesn't deliver. and it's just really beginning here. 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. by Vintage International. Second reading. A few years ago, back when I was a freshman in University, I read and reviewed The Stranger by Albert Camus. Author/Editors: Albert Camus. One of the first books of modern literature I read in high school, The Plague (La Peste) is absolutely chilling and incredibly written. 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. 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?). I read “The Plague” right after reading “Swann’s Way”. But yeah, I don't recommend his translation. DANIEL DEFOE . Something went wrong. The Jews who witnessed the holocaust are aware of this. The Plague. anyone wanting to ruminate on life, morality and religion. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great time to make this choice, as difficult as that choice may be. The plague is a literal epidemic of the modern Bubonic Plague that sweeps through a town in Algeria. What is life like during an epidemic? I finally comprehend that it is not necessary to understand a story to like it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Pages may have considerable notes/highlighting. I had held that opinion about the book since I read it nearly forty years ago. March 1991 The mistakes in the grammar are constant and disrupts the flow of one's reading. But I give the book only two stars because so much of the description was unnecessary, turning the book tiresome to read. Moreover in my opinion there are a few inconsistencies: in the attempt of being ultra-real, the author stumbled. I'm reading this a second time, about 60 years after my first. 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. In short, you have to keep changing pages because there is so little text on each page. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY Stuart Gilbert . Please try again. ‘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. The Plague, or La Peste in its original French, is a novel written by philosopher/writer Albert Camus in 1947. Duodecimo. But if he isn't capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”. Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2014. Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. CAMUS, Albert. Either option to Camus is a God not worthy of worship. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For what is war, but another epidemic. The author makes detailed descriptions of the environment, mood and characters. ‘T here have been as many plagues as wars in history,” Albert Camus writes in The Plague (now an Amazon best-seller! Camus uses a dry tone (somewhat like Cormac McCarthy's) and a nearly emotionless narrator to describe the catastrophe in Oran, Algeria. One of the first books of modern literature I read in high school, The Plague (La Peste) is absolutely chilling and incredibly written. The unusual events described in this chronicle occurred in 194- at Oran. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.”, “I know that man is capable of great deeds. Simple, quiet, thoughtful prose. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. My head is buzzing from all the proffered ideas, and the story and writing are excellent too. The answer, truly, is that human beings eventually make a habit of everything given the time and space to cope. 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. Or do you pre-emptively stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye? The answer, truly, is that human beings eventually make a habit of everything given the time and space to cope. The Plague -- Translated from the French By Stuart Gilbert by Camus, Albert Missing dust jacket; Readable copy. The Plague, published in 1947, was Albert Camus’ international breakthrough. This was the time when it happened! I read “The Plague” right after reading “Swann’s Way”. Book/Item: The Plague. 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. For more on the spread of disease, check out Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (I reviewed it here on GR). It is up to each of us to make the right choice in the face of this disease. The people of Haiti know this. 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. Analysis Of Albert Camus 'BookThe Plague' 1424 Words | 6 Pages. 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 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. 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.”. I have not read a Camus book since I read the "Stranger" over thirty years ago. 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. Please try again. However, the entire book in Kindle is different from the sample. 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. When a mild hysteria grips the population, the newspapers begin clamoring for action. A book that is almost 80 years old and yet speaks to us clearly in these strange times that are Covid lock downs. Someone needs to proof read this translation- it seems like something done by computer and not by a person. For what is apartheid, and the many massacres in the name of ideology anything but just another face of the disease in our hearts. The Plague is a novel about a plague epidemic in the large Algerian city of Oran. 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. Some "scenes" are memorable and may add to the reader: how do people behave and react? If you lived in an ordinary community quite unexpectedly facing an existential stress test, what would you do? Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images A plague is spreading. Unable to add item to List. That boy is long gone, instead here writing is a man resigned to the bitterness he has since learned to appreciate. I was then filled with eagerness and vigor for life stemming from this new found independence afforded by higher education. Please try again. Albert Camus - "The Plague" Book review When COVID-19 times started "The Plague" by Albert Camus become once again popular. His most important works include The Outsider, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Plague and The Fall. "Treeless, glamourless, soulless, the town of Oran ends by seeming restful and, after a while, you go complacently to sleep there. As a philosopher familiar with Camus’ thought, I’d like to highlight the book’s main philosophical themes. Which translation do you guys like the most? But would that still hold true if I read the book today? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2020. Perhaps those who awarded … Start by marking “The Plague” as Want to Read: Error rating book. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Albert Camus (1913-60) grew up in a working-class neighbourhood in Algiers. 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. 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. ", I read this book into the night, a stubborn reader determined to torture herself with the despondency that lurks throughout this novel. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. 45 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2021. This comment is only for the KIndle Version (not for the book itself(, Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2020. Looking death in its cold, indiscriminating eye, is perhaps the most difficult thing one can do. This is an essential book. 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? It is a terrible fate, doomed upon us all, that could take place at any time, in millions of different ways. When asked to list my top five novels, I included The Plague. Everyone is … He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, and became a journalist. I really like this book, and I find it very relevant to the modern world, for the Plague is indeed life. Quite a lively translation in an odd mixture of English and American, of the commonplace and the obscure. 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 … 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. Albert Camus . This book has been one of the most influential in my life. I wanted no part of the apathetic darkness enshrouding Mersault and rejected any shred of wisdom the book presented. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Reading philosophical fiction back to back can have an impression on your thinking! Albert Camus’ The Plague is a laugh RIOT! For example, there are huge spaces between each paragraph and sentences that just break off so you have to read sentences vertically. In a world where medical research grants are harder to fund compared to military arms deals, we need to really consider what the real epidemic is. In April, thousands of rats stagger into the open and die. Of course it wasn’t a deliberate move. The Plague is essentially a philosophical novel, meaning that it forwards a particular worldview through its plot and characterization. A 1947 novel by the French philosopher Albert Camus has racked up sales since the Covid-19 pandemic engulfed our lives earlier this year. It is interesting to recall that 19 MILL. I'm surprised that the publishers don't take more pride in their product. Very good in original hunter green cloth boards, with a good illustrated, price-clipped dust jacket that has a small stain on the front, but is otherwise in sharp condition. Camus is often considered an existentialist, but the philosophy he most identified with and developed was called absurdism. Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018. 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