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I guess I wasn't the only one that suddenly felt the need to pick up Albert Camus during these times. For those that want to read the book... this contains all the spoilers. But it's worth the read and worth pondering about in times like these.

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSYPwX4NPg4]
So great to see young people reading Camus. It's been so many decades for me.
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
About the size of it.

Man progresses. Creates all kinds of advancements for some and boundaries for others. And then just when the 'Have-it-all's' think they're about to take it all......along comes something like this and so levels everyone regardless of status.
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
@Picklebobble2 It's not only about class. It goes beyond class. It has to do with mindsets.

I'm going to remove that last video :| because after seeing it twice, it has a more militant character instead of an annalysis.

But I did post this part in another story that comes from the book itself:

[quote]The word "plague" had just been uttered for the first time. At this stage of the narrative, with Dr. Bernard Rieux standing at his window, the narrator may, perhaps, be allowed to justify the doctor's uncertainty and surprise, since, with very slight differences, his reaction was the same as that of the great majority of our townsfolk. Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.

In fact, like our fellow citizens, Rieux was caught off his guard, and we should understand his hesitations in the light of this fact; and similarly understand how he was torn between conflicting fears and confidence. When a war breaks out, people say: "It's too stupid; it can't last long." But though a war may well be "too stupid," that doesn't prevent its lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.

In this respect our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences.

A pestilence isn't a thing made to man's measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn't always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they haven't taken their precautions.

Our townsfolk were not more to blame than others; they forgot to be modest, that was all, and thought that everything still was possible for them; which presupposed that pestilences were impossible. They went on doing business, arranged for journeys, and formed views. How should they have given a thought to anything like plague, which rules out any future, cancels journeys, silences the exchange of views. They fancied themselves free, and no one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences.[/quote]

That passage was really good, but I refuted to post parts of the ending. The better parts near the ending are in the first movie I posted, which spoils almost everything. And gives you the core of the message.
Sssslm · F
I recognise that, speaking of camus, lots of people say that they read camus' books when they were young but most people didn't understand what the author meant.
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
@Sssslm Maybe his other book? The rebel was pretty popular at time.

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQOfbObFOCw]
Sssslm · F
@Kwek00 wow there's a YouTube channel doing book summary of philosophical books. I will watch it later. :)
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
@Sssslm There are a lot of those. This one has some nice videos I think.
SmartKat · 56-60, F
I liked Camus, when I was young. I haven’t read him since then. Maybe time to read again?
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
@SmartKat I never finished an entire book of him

but this one was really good, and reads really fast. Not sure how it's translated [i](as in, how close it is to the true words)[/i] but the translation read really well.

It was a good story, had some really deep passages.
Yulianna · 22-25, F
🇺🇦🌻 how did i miss this! i want to reread
Kwek00 · 36-40, M
@Yulianna Covid was pretty good for reading... Finished a lot of Manga, European strips, the book in the story and the first 3 books of Dune [i](also really intresting)[/i]. 3 more to go... and I finished the entire Frank Herbert DUNE series.

 
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