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0290 | The Plague – Albert Camus


Context: Read this while we screened the Jesus Film on a generator at the Foursquare Church in Male, PNG.


It seems entirely appropriate that I should finish this book on the anniversary of the First World War ceasefire, dealing as this remarkable novel does with the Nazi occupation of France.

There are books which deserve to be preserved and read on because they capture the spirit of an age. This is one of those. Camus uses the metaphor of a plague to depict the anguish and suffering he experienced in occupied France while he fought for the resistance.

The metaphor is apt and the thoughts, feelings and atmosphere of the town of Oran as the plague intensifies brilliantly reflects the reality of the French at that time.

The book is moving in parts as the plague takes its toll in multiple ways, and relationships are forced together or broken apart. And even when the plauge leaves town, Camus is faithful to remind us that, life must, unfortunately, go on.

This is a classic and I’m glad I knew it was a metaphor or I would have missed much of its genius.


The unusual events described in this chronicle occurred in 194- at Oran.


The distinction can be made between men and, for example, dogs; men’s deaths are checked and entered up.


Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.


He knew what the jubilant crowdsw did not know but could have learned from books: that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen-chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day would come when, for the bane and the enlightening of men, it roused up its rats again and sent them forth to die in a happy city.



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