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My true loves: Wilkie Collins, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anais Nin, George Eliot, James Joyce, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, bell hooks, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare... I'm falling for : Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Somerset Maugham, Junot Diaz, A.S. Byatt... And the lists continue to grow! I will read almost anything, as long as it's well-written. I always love to expand my reading horizons.

Currently reading

Edward W. Said
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Finnegans Wake (Trade Paperback)
James Joyce
The Plague - Albert Camus, Robin Buss "Treeless, glamourless, soulless, the town of Oran ends by seeming restful and, after a while, you go complacently to sleep there."

The Plague is set in Oran, a city in Algeria that experiences a breakout of the Bubonic plague, and is soon placed under quarantine. We witness the changes among this community as they are cut off from the outside world; they experience all manners of emotions from hysteria, despondency, avarice, uncertainty,self-reflection and fear.

The Plague is definitely a depressing book, it couldn't be otherwise with the subject matter discussed. I am ,in general, a squeamish person so some of the plague descriptions were hard to take, but I have to say, they made me even more impressed by Camus' writing style.

I liked the structure of the book. The story was told by an anonymous narrator, who promised to reveal himself at the end of the book. I think the fact that he used another plague-witness' diary in this story definitely added richness to the narrative.

One of the most exciting parts in the book for me was when the narrator mentioned the court case from "The Stranger" in passing :D

So, once again, I am very impressed by Camus. Definitely not an easy read but a rewarding one.