La Peste

- Naturellement, vous savez ce que c'est, Rieux?
- J'attends le résultat des analyses.
- Moi, je le sais. Et je n'ai pas besoin d'analyses. J'ai fait une partie de ma carrière en Chine, et j'ai vu quelques cas à Paris, il y a une vingtaine d'années. Seulement, on n' a pas osé leur donner un nom, sur le moment ... Et puis, comme disait un confrère: " C'est impossible, tout le monde sait qu'elle a disparu de l'Occident. " Oui, tout le monde le savait, sauf les morts. Allons, Rieux, vous savez aussi bien que moi ce que c'est ...
- Oui, Castel, dit-il, c'est à peine croyable. Mais il semble bien que ce soit la peste.
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La Peste
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Published February 25th 1972 by Folio (first published June 1947

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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 isdom and depth that emanates.

he resident of Camus' Oran -- formerly thoughtless, happy citizens that were, like many of us now, going about their merry ways not knowing how lucky they truly were -- become stricken by the plague.

Do we live like the eople of Oran, going through each day without truly thinking, taking things for granted, going through the motions in an ignorant, opiated stupor?

Or do we look death -- and by extension, life -- in the ye, taking nothing for granted, noticing and appreciating our complexities and gifts, endeavoring for truth, and striving to be good people?

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For moment I know this: There are sick people and they need curing ” —Rieux, in CamusI first read The Plague, the econd in the nove with The Stranger, and The Fall, when I was sixtee.

And several characters in he tale reveal different attitudes to the dying around them: Selfishness, the need to retreat into individual love, and o on, but there are some like Rieux and Tarrou who manage to commit to Doing Good in the face of death.

We get to care about the individuals in Rieux 's world: His father, Tarrou, Dr. Cattrel, Cottard, Rambert.I was also reminded as I read of Cormac McCarthy ’ s dystopian novel, The Road where, facing the probable end of civilization, a father remains true to his commitment to his on and to principles of right and goodness.

And it ’ s never difficul to be vigilant and committed to Doing Good in the face of reed and terrorism and devastation of various kinds: “ But what are a hundred million deaths?

But in his own version of what we now face, post-WWII, a time in which we ( one could argue) narrowly averted the end of humanit, Rieux keeps doing his work with the dying, working to ind cure; he 's ot a hero, not a saint, just one man holding that proverbial candle in the wind, rolling that boulder up the hill only to expect it to come down again: “ The language he used was that of a an who was sick and tired of he world he lived in—though he had much liking for his fellow men—and had resolved, for his part, to have no truck with injustice and compromises with the truth ” —CamusAnd this inspiring paragraph: “ And it was in the aftermat of shouts rolling against the terrace wall in massive waves that waxed in volume and duration, while cataracts of colored fire fell thicker through the gloo, that Dr. Rieux resolved to compile this chronicle, so that he can not be one of those who hold their peace but should bear witness in favor of those plague-stricken people; so that some memorial of the injustice and outrage done them might endure; and to state quite simply what we earn in time of pestilence: that there are more things to dmire in men than to despise ” —CamusAs in The Road, the message is clear: “ A loveless world is a dead world ” —CamusSo I also read his ook in a contemporary context with all its turmoil and dangers.

So I 'm sur I read it, re-inspired ( for the moment; it might fade!) to face the worst, to act in love when I can manage, to resist passivity and bitterness and silence, to be part of the commitment to healing movements, with others, to a very beginnin.

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Albert Camus' The Plague is n't about a future apocalyptic world, but the quarantine and death by disease of citizens in the Algerian city of Oran.

Camus' plague is more about the human condition and the existential crisis posed by the disease.

But it does n't always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is wome who pass away. ” Those in Oran are slow to accept the severity of the plague as well as the need for a quarantine.

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Albert Camus ’ The Plague is a laugh RIOT!

The enduring residents of Oran do not so much fight and prevail as they simply survive, but Camus emphasizes that the act itself of fighting, the performance of resisting the devastating force of nature makes them stronger, makes them worthy of survival regardless of whether or not they do survive.

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Somehow Camus brings humanism, optimism and the role of love to a depressing story of bubonic plaque in 1940 ’ s Oran, Algeria.

barren, dry, windswept, desolate town is so well portrayed that it is like a character in he tory.

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Plague is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to the label.

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3.5 stars " ... that a loveless world is a dead world, and yet there comes an hour when one is weary of prisons, of one ’ s work, and of devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the armth and wonder of a loving heart. " Als this book about human resilience in the face of horror/sickness/plague was WORK for me.

What did he mean? " Plus, there is he question about the identity of the narrator ... read to find out! The book start as a plague is sweeping Oran, a coastal town in North Africa.

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