Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Plague

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 are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr. Rieux, resist the terror. An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, "The Plague" is in part an allegory of France's suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.
I am reading The Decameron (Icons passim) one story a day during lock down and polished off story 25 this morning. As a decision to shut us in for another three weeks is likely to be announced to day there is probably room on my Covid-19 reading list for this as well.

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