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There is an old sentence: "The history repeats".
I read this book in the first days of the pandemic COVID-19. If you change the "Plague" with "COVID19" or "Coronavirus" it seems you are reading
tweets for your friends or blog.
In my opinion, a person not professional in literature, This book is alive today and one word describes it: "Masterpiece".
 

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The Plague by albert Camus tells the story of an Algerian city called Oran that, during the 40s, falls under bubonic plague. It begins with rats emerging and dying. Slowly, the authorities begin to realize the cause of the rats’ death has spread to humans and they identify it as bubonic plague. The story discusses the effects of suffering on the people of Oran and their efforts to stifle the plague. Camus gives us insight on the effect of suffering and pushes to fight it.
Albert lived in during WWII and was the editor of an underground newspaper. His experience is shown in the isolated feelings of Oran. Camus, an atheist and an absurdist, believed in no after life and no meaning in life. However, he believed we could still live meaningful lives by fighting against death and suffering. His belief in fighting death is seen in Rieux, Tarrou, and maybe most importantly rampart whose duty to fight suffering overcomes love.
Albert sets up the story by portraying one of the conceptions of modern day life. The people live their lives in routines and live in a corporate manner. Camus gives us his view on suffering, both on how it affects us and why we should fight it. Originally, the plague separates the society, each person believing their pain is unique. However, over a course of a few months, the people of Oran begin to come together and, in a sense, begin to truly feel. Camus uses to the conception that people of modern life are, although selfish and business oriented, are united be obstacles.
Camus backs his belief that suffering most be fought with logical and emotional reasons. Doctor Rieux, a leader in the fight against plague offers both reasons to the reader. Logically, Rieux constantly looks at the charts, examining the trends of the plague; he also looks at the plagues past to see the potential destruction it could cause. Being a doctor, Rieux also treats patients and remarks the reaction of the victim’s family, giving the emotional destruction that it has caused. The author uses the view of a doctor to create a compelling argument to fight death.
The author does a good job of using third person to give the reader the feel of being an outside observer. He also shows a wide range of characters to outline the effects of suffering on a multitude of people.
The author’s use of conceptions of modern society and the general idea that suffering should be fought makes it easy to see the same view in a countless number of stories.
The book offers insight into the nature of suffering that all should be aware of. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an enjoyable and meaningful read.
 

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very good beginning but fizzled out after 200 pages.

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