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an excellent peek into the human reaction to severe crisis and their individual reactions to forced separation from the world.
on December 29, 2014
This is a book i am drawn to again and again. an excellent story of ordinary and limited people in extraordinary and constrained circumstances. most of Camus' work is precisely this, ordinary people in circumstances they either do not understand or understand too well. how humans act toward one another when they find they are in a prison that is their own ordinary if rather odd port town. what happens to the human spirit, how do different people react, how does one man in particular view the situation.
if you're looking for a doomsday book, don't expect this one to fit your bill of fare. this is more about the struggle to remain human and compassionate in extraordinary circumstances over which they have no control. it's about the government's sometimes draconian and sometimes illogical reaction to the situation and the narrator's very clinical observations of both the big and small pictures, snapshots if you will, of various personalities and the evolution of their thought processes. those thought processes are demonstrated rather than dissected. it is this approach to the story that proves Camus' genius. Sadly, we lost him too soon but happily we have his writings. you will find aspects of yourself in the book and you will definitely and hopefully honestly, relate to every character.