Camus

The Plague

The PlagueAlbert Camus

How should a man confront death when it stares him in his eyes? Should the character of the calamity be responsible for human action or should it be the human character that should define the calamity? Can a man be scared to death for something when that same thing is giving a person the time for his life? Can individual destiny turn into a collective Destiny or is it the other way round?

Such (and a lot more) is the scope of possibilities that Camus sets to explore in the backdrop of an all-threatening Plague.

The plague is a masterly crafted compelling tale of human survival and resilience in the face of a brutal adversity. The unrelenting nature of the novel is self-apparent from the cold look of the book cover itself. One is immediately taken to the onset of Plague as the novel begins. The novel catches human spirit in its most basic of forms and shows its existential nature imbued in all realms of life.
Oran is the town where the story is set roughly in 1940’s. It’s a town like any other town busy with its usual trivialities without over indulging on them. Plague shows its face just as the story begins with the introduction of the town and a few characters. The story revolves around those few characters and the town as whole whereby telling how each one came to terms with the plague.

An immensely rewarding read which i guess i will remember for a long time.

Countenance

When she looked into his eyes she thought he could be the same person. When I looked into his eyes I thought I saw recognition. Now I know. You fake it. If you think you’re supposed to recognize somebody you, you just pretend. You bluff it to get a pat on the head from the doctors. You bluff it to seem less like a freak.
Memento

The world is always satisfied, it turns out with a countenance it can understand. Indolence and cowardice do the rest. Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence.
A Happy Death by Albert Camus