Plague, The

Plague, The

by Albert Camus, Stuart Gilbert
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Price: $15.00

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 story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.

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FLAWS: Graphic descriptions of plague, some violence
Summary: An Algerian city is stricken with bubonic plague, and Dr. Rieux is one of the few who finds meaning in helping its citizens fight the scourge.

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