06
Oct
09

camus – the plague

the plague

I finished reading this a couple of days ago. It was the second time I’ve read it, the first time being maybe four years ago? I recall liking this book a lot the first time I read it. The second time, it seemed to drag on, not really having anything driving the plot, and the characters seemed unrealistic to me. I think this is generally true of Camus novels- his characters mostly exist so that Camus can express his beliefs about human nature, rather than tell a compelling story. I suspect the first time I read this book, I was taken by Camus’ humanist philosophy, which I still find interesting. This time, though, I was more conscious of the novel’s failings as a story, rather than the underlying philosophy. I’m reading “The Fall”, also by Camus, now. It seems to be quite a bit shorter than “The Plague”, so it will be a quick read, and I can compare the two books.

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