Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Book Review: The Plague

The Plague
The Plague by Albert Camus

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this as one of my 2015 TBR Pile Challenge books.

The story of a small city in Algeria in the 1940s that's beset by plague. That's right, the for-realsies plague. And it struck much like it had in the Middle Ages: first bubonic, then pneumonic.

The book follows Dr. Rieux on his rounds as he makes house calls and hospital visits to fewer and fewer patients. On his travels he meets several of the townspeople and is able to see how they react as their neighbors die and the town is quarantined. It becomes a sociology study.

I suppose that's what I most appreciated and disliked about the book. It's fascinating to see the societal reactions to a crisis of this kind, but the narration is very dispassionate. That's explained at the end, but it still made it less absorbing for me.

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