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The Plague | [Albert Camus]

The Plague

In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth, only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus' The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror born of nature.
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In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth, only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus' The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror born of nature.

©1947 Librairie Gallimard; (P)2006 Recorded Books

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    Plain English San Francisco, CA 06-04-11
    Plain English San Francisco, CA 06-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Translator Please!"

    Please please list the translator for books that come from other languages. Who did the translation and when makes an enormous difference in what we are reading! It is hard to make a choice without this knowledge.

    In this case it is Stuart Gilbert, done in 1947 just as it was released in French. He renewed the copyright in 1975, presumably with some changes. But there is also a 2002 version by Robin Buss edited by Tony Judt -- so please, help us out here!

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Kim H. 03-04-13
    Kim H. 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Okay, not worth the credit."
    What disappointed you about The Plague?

    To many times i wanted to yell "seriously, come on already" get on with it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    14


    What aspect of James Jenner’s performance would you have changed?

    Just wasn't impressed.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Impatience.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SAUSALITO, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Matthew SAUSALITO, CA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Like Saramago's Blindness, but with less action"
    Where does The Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top third.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The man who is constantly rewriting his masterpiece.


    What does James Jenner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There's a lot of compassion for the characters in his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There's plenty of depth to this book, but you can enjoy it on many levels.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 09-21-12
    Aaron 09-21-12
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    "The Plague Chronicles"

    A character driven chronicle of the plague, with a boring shake of the hand at God.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    smarmer Los Angeles, CA USA 11-13-14
    smarmer Los Angeles, CA USA 11-13-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Brilliant as description and as metaphor"
    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing book. It works on so many levels. It is about plague itself, a topic of great interest in the Ebola, West Nile, and SARS era. It is about personal courage and duty. It is an exploration of human nature under stress. It addresses the nature of fate and individual response. It is about loyalty and friendship. It is also about how any plague spreads, be it viral, bacterial, or ideological.

    Camus writes with a sparse but pungent style. He is intensely unsentimental. This is not to everyone's taste but I found it penetrating and moving as well as profoundly insightful.

    The narration is excellent, capturing the subtleties of the various characters and situations.

    Not an easy book and not "fun" but extremely worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Greer, SC, USA 08-28-08
    Adam Greer, SC, USA 08-28-08
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    "The Plague"

    The audio book and the book that i purchased weren't teh same which made it difficult to realize where they were and what they were doing

    8 of 72 people found this review helpful
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