Why this book?
Let’s start with a classic. This is where it all started for me, as the pandemic locked us down and we all needed something tragic to connect to. A deadly disease spreads across the French Algerian city of Oran, and we observe the different reactions within the population as they feel powerless to the subsequent citywide lockdown. I’ve long been a fan of Camus and his matter-of-fact representation of life, death, and existence. The Plague isn’t my favorite book of his, but if you’re looking for something relatable when the world ends, this is the place to start.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
“Its relevance lashes you across the face.” —Stephen Metcalf, The Los Angeles Times • “A redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair.” —Roger Lowenstein, The Washington Post
A haunting tale of human resilience and hope in the face of unrelieved horror, Albert Camus' iconic novel about an epidemic ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.
The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they…