22nd June – The Plague

Written by Albert Camus, The Plague is at least partially an allegory of the German occupation of France during WWII.

The narrator of the story is only revealed at the very end of the story. Most of the story is told in the third person, with only occasional references to ‘we’. The plague that comes to Oran in 194- is really the German occupation that came to France in 1940.

The main characters Dr Rieux, Tarrou, Cottard, Grand are all brave and determined against the onslaught of the plague, but none of them remain untouched by tragedy at the end of the book. People get through the plague as best they can and indeed life does go on as normal for some time, before the serious nature of the calamity that’s befallen Oran finally hits home. Fear, isolation, and claustrophobia follow as citizens are subject to quarantine. Each person learns to cope in their own way. This is like life especially for those who are coping with the current pandemic.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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