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  • Mass Market Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Gallimard (February 25, 1972)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070360423
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070360420
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Camus's second novel "La Pest" is probably his richest and most widely accessable. The importance of the novel, however, is that it strives to create "existential ethics." Camus powerfully builds upon the ideas of absurdity that he estiblished in "The Myth of Sysiphus" and also expands upon how and why people must face and oppose suffering in the world.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Luciano Lupini on November 27, 2002
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Having submitted this review in spanish and not having it posted, I'll try again in english.......
Camus reached fame with his elaborations about the concept of the absurd (the purposeless search of the meaning of existence in a universe void of any)in three works: The Stranger, a novel; Caligula, a teathrical opus; and The Myth of Sisyphus, a recopilation of philosophical essays.
In his second famous novel, The Plague, we find a different Camus. Perhaps, more concerned about moral values and solidarity between human beings, in the face of massive destruction.
The plot of the novel unfolds in the city of Oran, Algeria. The central image has to do with a rat invasion that causes a plague epidemy, with disastrous consecuences. Here we find metaphorically portraited the invasion by the Nazis in 1943 of non occupied France (Camus said that the Nazis came like rats).
Then we find a description of the evolution of the plague, the reaction of the authorities (at first, self denial), the progressive isolation of the town from outside world, and on the onset the "normalization" of the tragedy (people grow accostumed to live with it, and become zombies). After the evolution and the growth of the problem, the inhabitants become completely isolated from the outside, and become prisoners in the inside, due to the drastic measures taken by the authorities. The plague becomes a collective problem that requires recognition and reaction by all. We have here a clear metaphorical reference to the need of a collective reaction to the Vichy government by all the citizens. The call to participate and react becomes a moral issue. Camus then describes with certain detail the soccer stadium where people are forcibly concentrated by the authorities, and this is an allusion to the Nazi concentration camps.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1998
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Only in French, but comments in English are welcome:un des plus puissants livres de tous les temps, du point de vue litteraire inimitable, du point de vue humain la transcription artistique et a la fois humaine des profondeurs sensibles et distantes en meme temps de l'espece humaine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulfilas on April 11, 2011
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This was the most difficult novel that I had ever read in French--and the most rewarding. Camus incorporates into his world of 1940's Oran Algeria a struggle between the respect for life as personified by the Physician, versus the Priest's view that life is just a prelude to something infinitely more wonderful--Death! Guess which side Camus favors?

I came upon this book because it was required reading for the course teaching French to graduate students whose departments (unlike my own) had such a language requirement. Clearly, La Peste is way too advanced for such novices! As a result the university book store had tons of these books that could be had for practically nothing! This was one of the best purchases that I ever made. On a recent conference trip to France I re-read this novel to brush up on my French--as pleasant a tutorial as one could ever imagine!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arman Hovhannisyan on February 1, 2014
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Lorsque Camus écrivait ce livre, c'était l'Europe qui venait de se débarasser de la Peste - de la Seconde guerre mondiale. Lorsque j'ai lu ce livre, en 1989, c'était mon pays qui venait de tomber dans la Peste de décennies - tremblement de terre de 1988, et ensuite, après quelques années, la guerre qui n'est point finie. Est aujourd'hui, c'est presque le monde entier qui est en Peste - la crise économique mondiale, des guerres, des révoltes et je ne sais quoi.. C'est là la grandeur de Camus - écrire pour tous et pour tous les temps, parce qu'il n'y a pas de salut de cette Peste - elle est en nous, nous autres êtres humains! Et Dieu merci qu'il y aurait encore de docteurs Rieux parmi nous.

Grand écrivain, grande oeuvre !
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Characters living in Oran count bodies while waiting for the quarantine to be lifted. The local government and administrators do not get much help from the outside or the climate. Rats are not our friends, the animals or the human impersonators of rats.
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Okay to read if you have been in 300 level college French classes. Interesting book, very serious. A lot of metaphors and symbolism. A lot of textual analysis. Interesting read but wouldn't read leisurely.
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This is Camus's best works. I liked the setting in Algeria and enjoyed this style. Highly recommended among his many books.
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