One had to stick with what one knew: stupor and prostration, red eyes, furred mouth, headaches, the bubos, the dreadful thirst, delirium, patches on the body, the inner anguish and, at the end of it all… p37
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Albert Camus (born November 7th, 1913) makes a reappearance in this Existentialist Meetup with his novel The Plague, crafted around the idea of an epidemic in the large Algerian city of Oran. To quote SparkNotes,
Camus' philosophy is an amalgam of existentialism and humanism. An atheist, Camus did not believe that death, suffering, and human existence had any intrinsic moral or rational meaning. Because he did not believe in God or an afterlife, Camus held that human beings, as mortals, live under an inexplicable, irrational, completely absurd death sentence. Nevertheless, Camus did believe that people are capable of giving their lives meaning. The most meaningful action within the context of Camus' philosophy is to choose to fight death and suffering.
But as ever, it is not what SparkNotes thinks that matters; the personal, subjective viewpoint of each of us is unique and valuable. So feel free to come along and share your ideas about this novel.
p.s. we will meet in the Bridge House Café, an unusual and comfortable setting, but sometimes we get close to bursting at the seams and for future meets we are on the lookout for somewhere amenable easy conversation and increasing numbers. Feel free to post new venue ideas here or to e-mail the organiser (Michael).
But there always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that two and two make four is punished by death. p125