The Plague Author:Albert Camus, Stuart Gilbert (Translator) 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. Set in Algeria, in northern Africa, The Plague is a powerful study of human life and its meaning in the face of a deadly virus that sweeps dispassionately through the city, taking a v... more »ast percentage of the population with it.« less
I've been reading fiction for over forty years and this is the first book I could not finish. I have trudged through some painful books in my time, but this one just killed me. The premise was interesting, but the writing style, overly-proper grammar, never-ending descriptions of minute details and the feeling of having to force myself to read caused me to simply give up.
Unfortunatly for me, I read A Year Of Wonders a few years back and that author seems to have ripped off monsieur camus so much so that i felt almost as if i already read this novel. he of course is a wonderful author so i give him all due credit to this novel.
Whether to rate this book four or five stars was difficult for me. As I read about the city of Oran and how its population dealt with this horrifying disease, I kept nodding my head. Yes, that's the way people react. That's how many people in our world today by and large react to the 2020 pandemic, COVID19. While not as many people die, the number is still far too large. We just don't know enough but what we do know can help slow the disease and save lives.
Camus' writing style is lyrical. He keeps the reader moving along the pages of this impressive novel. I did find myself pausing to reflect on how certain characters reacted to the experience and to each other. The heros just keep going, treating and helping the ill as best they can. So it is with COVID19. And, like this novel we lose some of them, sometimes the best and most caring.
Why didn't I read this novel sooner? Why did I choose to read it now? I can't really answer either question. I just knew it was time to pick up this classic and reflect on its messages. They story is so sad and the statistics horrible but it's a read for the times. Such novels can teach us graphic lessons if we but heed them. Well done. I need to search for more of this author's work.