“Its relevance lashes you across the face.” —Stephen Metcalf, The Los Angeles Times • “A redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair.” —Roger Lowenstein, The Washington Post
A haunting tale of human resilience and hope in the face of unrelieved horror, Albert Camus' iconic novel about an epidemic ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.
The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr. Rieux, resist the terror.
An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an allegory of France's suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a timeless story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.
In reality death is all around us. In our western culture, we are shielded by this inevitability to our detriment and our colder society. The Plague stands in for a heightened and more intense reality, showing the heroic and the best compassion in man, and madness. The story is searingly beautiful with tenderness and sending the reader through anxiety and hope.55
One of the greatest and most profound pieces of literature has been given the worst possible treatment. This edition is full of typos and other related editorial flaws. Please update and fix these issues; issues that detract from this incredible experience!15
As soon as the file is fixed I'll give 5 stars. There are many chapters where the third to last page is repeated three times, so you miss the last two pages of the chapter. At first I thought this was an isolated occurrence, but after the 10th time it was getting hard to follow some of the characters. Please fix this soon, because the book is a masterpiece!15