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PDF í BOOK La Peste FREE ✓ ➿ [Download] ➽ La Peste By Albert Camus ➵ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A gripping tale of human unrelieved horror of survival and resilience and of the ways in which humankind confronts death The Plague is at once a masterfully crafted novel elouently understated and epi A gripping tale of human unrelDed by the people It gradually becomes an omnipresent reality obliterating all traces of the past and driving its victims to almost unearthly extremes of suffering madness and compassion 31920 As my village on the edge of a big city faces a shelter in injunction as Covid 19 steadily intensifies I thought of this book As I take my daily runswalks people are friendlier offering to help each other barriers feel at times as if they are breaking down in certain ways here and there and then when we went to the store there s the hoarding and some ugliness already and it's just really beginning hereThe Plague Resistance and Activism for This or Any Time“I have no idea what's awaiting me or what will happen when this all ends For the moment I know this There are sick people and they need curing”—Rieux in CamusI first read The Plague the second in the trilogy with The Stranger and The Fall when I was eighteen I had just read The Stranger Note this is not that kind of trilogy; you can read each of them independently from each other; they don't have any intersecting characters It's kind of a thematic trilogy from the novelistphilosopher Camus a way of fictionalizing a set of ideas about the world It was 1971 and I was committed after years of anti war fervor and the civil rights and women’s and the slowth growth of the environmental movement to Doing Good in the world to be a healer and not—to the extent I was able—a hurter That Michael Jackson Paul McCartney I'm a lover not a fighter distinction So many of us at my small religious college made commitments to teaching to social work public health The following uote was a kind of simple banner for me a flag for me to wave if only in my own heartAll I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims and it's up to us so far as possible not to join forces with the pestilences”—Tarrou in CamusAnd this “After a short silence the doctor raised himself a little in his chair and asked if Tarrou had an idea of the path to follow for attaining peace'Yes' he replied 'The path of sympathy'—Camus So I initially read this in the context of late sixties and early seventies activism within my hope for playing a small part in changing the world But Camus also wrote this in his own context as it was published in 1948 written in the aftermath of WWII the Holocaust the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a kind of plague that stunned the planet where you had to make decisions about what side you were on and the choices were not always clear or easy The plague in one sense is ennui malaise passivity silence in the face of horror and as Camus makes clear we have to resist we have to act Set in Oran Algeria this novel chronicles a fictional plague that hits the town of 200k; they seal its borders and everyone has to figure out how to respond to it It’s like Kubler Ross’s five stages of grief; there is denial escapism rage terror grief despair all of it And several characters in the tale reveal different attitudes to the dying around them Selfishness the need to retreat into individual love and so on but there are some like Rieux and Tarrou who manage to commit to Doing Good in the face of death So The Plague in this book is both figurative and literal“But what does it mean the plague It's life that's all”—Tarrou But in the early going of this occasion of reading I was just a little annoyed at the Existentialist tract tone the This Is An Allegory On How One Must Live especially in the face of possible meaninglessness“Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day alone under the vast indifference of the sky”—Camus I reminded myself that the writer was an Existential philosopher who was also writing novels and I worried he might be succumbing to abstraction I compared it to The Brothers Karamazov which Fyodor Dostoevsky identified as a “cultural forum” on different perspectives on life and the search for meaning But this range of perspectives I saw gradually emerge as well in The Plague in an inspiring and even thrilling away through and within and against the inevitable march to widespread death We come to care about the individuals in Rieux's world His mother Tarrou Dr Cattrel Cottard RambertI was also reminded as I read of Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian novel The Road where facing the probable end of civilization a father remains true to his commitment to his son and to principles of right and goodness The Plague is also a dystopian novel where ethical uestions about how one acts in the worst of times are crucial And it’s not easy to be vigilant and committed to Doing Good in the face of greed and terrorism and devastation of various kinds“But what are a hundred million deaths When one has served in a war one hardly knows what a dead man is after a while And since a dead man has no substance unless one has actually seen him dead a hundred million corpses broadcast through history are no than a puff of smoke in the imagination”—CamusAnd that point seems so prescient as we now face compassion fatigue over the multiplying global crises of climate change pandemics endless wars including a burgeoning refugee crisis But in his own version of what we now face post WWII a time in which we one could argue narrowly averted the end of humankind Rieux keeps doing his work with the dying working to find a cure; he's not a hero not a saint just one man holding that proverbial candle in the wind rolling that boulder up the hill only to expect it to come down again“The language he used was that of a man who was sick and tired of the world he lived in—though he had much liking for his fellow men—and had resolved for his part to have no truck with injustice and compromises with the truth”—CamusAnd this inspiring paragraph “And it was in the midst of shouts rolling against the terrace wall in massive waves that waxed in volume and duration while cataracts of colored fire fell thicker through the darkness that Dr Rieux resolved to compile this chronicle so that he should not be one of those who hold their peace but should bear witness in favor of those plague stricken people; so that some memorial of the injustice and outrage done them might endure; and to state uite simply what we learn in time of pestilence that there are things to admire in men than to despise”—CamusAs in The Road the message is clear“A loveless world is a dead world”—CamusSo I also read this book in a contemporary context with all its turmoil and dangers Yet another plague year So I'm glad I read it re inspired for the moment; it might fade to face the worst to act in love when I can manage to resist passivity and bitterness and silence to be part of the commitment to healing movements with others to the very end I’m no saint that’s obvious but I’ll do what I can Though in occasional moments I also consider just saying What the hell let's forget about all that and have a drink Eat drink and be merry

MOBI ✓ ☆ Albert Camus

A gripping tale of human unrelieved horror of survival and resilience and of the ways in which humankind confronts death The Plague is at once a masterfully crafted novel elouently unde Read The Plague free here Coronovirus is the name of the 21stC plague If you don't know what existentialism is reading this and relating to the world we have today and how it's looking for the next week month and perhaps even longer will show you Coronavirus has no favourites everyone's in line to catch it it's just a wrong place at the right time disease Some will die and there won't be any huge funerals and memorial services either Eventually there may be mass funerals unattended as in the book Let's hope it doesn't get to thatThis was as much an existentialist tract as it was a book about the descent of a town into plague; the gradient of the decline increasing exponentially until they reach the pit There it is death and smoke and groans and every bit the imagined hell of those with a religious consciousnessBut the plague has no relationship to religion The innocent die as much as the guilty Shady people are sly by night criminals escape justice the great and the good sleep peacefully in their beds but the plague is the great eualizer they all die This is an atheist world where nothing has rhyme or reason and blaming it on fate or an angry god or uestioning why the deities have ignored the supplicants increasing praises appeals and desperate petitions is futile Even they see it is pointless and in the end the comforting rituals of death and consignment of the remains have mostly been abandoned The plague strikes almost all and those whom it leaves aren't special in any wayPacing is not something I tend to notice in a novel but I did in this one it is outstanding The pacing matches the descent into hell and the recovery into sunlight in a brisk sea air absolutely perfectly At the end after all the pain and darkness I felt relieved and refreshed an unusual feeling for the end of a book10 stars golden ones revised Sept 2019

Albert Camus ☆ La Peste PDF

La PesteRstated and epic in scope and a parable of ageless moral resonance profoundly relevant to our times In Oran a coastal town in North Africa the plague begins as a series of portents unhee If you lived in an ordinary community uite unexpectedly facing an existential stress test what would you do How would you deal with the situation and which character traits of yours would all of a sudden come to the surface How would you treat your friends neighbours and fellow citizens What would you do to change the situation These uestions have been haunting me ever since I first read “La Peste” in school over two decades ago I have reread it since then with the same fascination and with growing compassion and understanding for the less heroic characters and their fears and petty actions To me it is a masterpiece one of the great examples of timeless world literature As a student even though I was worrying just as much about exam uestions French vocabulary and grammar difficulties as about the message I felt that I finally grasped the totalitarian systems of the 20th century and their strange morbid attraction despite or because of their absolute negativity I asked myself to what extent I would have remained human facing the terror of the rats and their invisible yet deadly loadOne thing though remained completely unthinkable to me as a young adolescent despite the horror of the reading experience and the sincere sympathy for the generations of Europeans that had experienced societies worse than plague ridden I thought it COULD NOT happen again Not here not in Western civilisation not with our KNOWLEDGE Being an adolescent in Germany in the mid 1990s I was convinced that walls were breaking down that democracy was on the rise that human rights and welfare were secure goods and that the world was beyond the plague of totalitarian all consuming ideas spreading like wildfire like a plague befalling a whole community “C’est impossible tout le monde sait u’elle a disparu de l’Occident”In a way I was in the situation of doctor Rieux at the very beginning of the story convinced that the plague was completely gone But Rieux narrator and participant in the story documenting his own private worries along with the catastrophe of the spreading plague has to choose between sticking to his ideas or to accept the evidence he witnesses Chronicling the development of his community in crisis as well as actively working to help those stricken with the plague he slowly but steadily grows as a human being and realises that nothing is actually ever GONEEven in the end when people are celebrating their survival of the epidemic in drunken happiness forgetting all their losses their suffering their fears and pain he stays vigilant For he has learned something beyond the lesson of the immediate crisis“Écoutant en effet les cris d’allégresse ui montaient de la ville Rieux se souvenait ue cette allégresse était toujours menacée Car il savait ce ue cette foule en joie ignorait et u’on peut lire dans les livres ue le bacille de la peste ne meurt ni ne disparaît jamais u’il peut rester pendant des dizaines d’années endormi dans les meubles et le linge u’il attend patiemment dans les chambres les caves les malles les mouchoirs et les paperasses et ue peut être le jour viendrait où pour le malheur et l’enseignement des hommes la peste réveillerait ses rats et les enverrait mourir dans une cité heureuse”What would you do if you saw those rats Who would you choose to be It is time to dig out the masterpieces of existential uestions again I think Knowledge of the different facets of human nature under stress can never be overestimated as a means to choose wisely should your town be stricken unexpectedly by a plague I wish I knew for sure I would make a decent appearance in Camus’ scenario But fear is powerful