The Plague Book Summary and Study Guide

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The citizens of the French-Algerian city of Oran live without passion or meaning in their lives, but then the plague hits. Seen through the eyes of Rieux, a doctor who has to live through the ordeal without the comforts of his family or even news from them, this book shows how an entire society can be changed completely within a few months. Rieux tends to the fallen, witnesses the deaths of his own friends, and, like his fellow citizens, learns the true meaning of life.
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The review of this Book prepared by Cate Franklyn

The story of a town in Algeria and how the townspeople are affected by the sudden onset of plague and the months of quarantine that follow. It follows the life of Dr Rieux and various of his acquaintances as they deal with the death and isolation that has befallen the town's residents. A story of fear and survival and the seeming absurdity and arbitrariness of human existence.
The review of this Book prepared by John Marcel

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Environmental Disaster

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa    -   White Enclave City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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