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Here ya go, Mark....from Wikipedia: "The Plague is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to the label. The narrative tone is similar to Kafka's, especially in The Trial, wherein individual sentences potentially have multiple meanings, the material often pointedly resonating as stark allegory of phenomenal consciousness and the human condition. Camus included a dim-witted character misreading The Trial as a mystery novel as an oblique homage. The novel has been read as a metaphorical treatment of the French resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II.
Although Camus's approach in the book is severe, his narrator emphasizes the ideas that we ultimately have no control, and irrationality of life is inevitable. Additionally, he further illustrates the human reaction towards the "absurd"; The Plague represents how the world deals with the philosophical notion of the Absurd, a theory which Camus himself helped to define."
0 · November 18
It was wonderful to see everyone who was able to attend last night. Great company, delicious food and good beer! Thank you, Chris, for hosting the meetup.
3 · November 17
If you'll pardon the expression, Holy Christ! I started the book on Monday and immediately realized it was bigger than I'd anticipated. So I've been reading feverishly, during every meal, while watching TV and working out, and instead of sleeping. I've passed up 3 Meetups this week that I very much wanted to attend so I'd have more time to read. Now I have 27 pages to go and the end of the book is within reach by the end of the day -- and you're pushing back the book discussion by a MONTH?! You've got to be joking!!
0 · October 11
Several people have said they wouldn't be able to finish the reading (feel free to tell me to go to, uh-hem, "hell" for incorrectly saying that this novella was a short story! I take full responsibility!). I know this is late notice, but would any of you object if I gave this another month, scheduling it, say, on Sat., Nov. the 8th, same time? I'll make a decision shortly.
1 · October 11