The Plague (La Peste) Camus, A May 7, 1991

A. C. Grayling’s latest notwithstanding (which I haven’t read), The Plague is the closest thing we Humanists have to a ‘Good Book’. To this day I am amazed, but grateful beyond measure, that it was required reading for French ‘A’ Level in the UK in 1989; introducing 16-year old grammar school boys to an absurd and godless world might seem reckless, but I’ve read it every couple of years ever since (I’m now 38) and discover new and uplifting insights every time. Digested read: “What would Rieux do?”

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