Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review #12

For the rest of this lovely month of October, I have decided that all book reviews and flickr favorites will be eerie/scary/bloody/Halloween-like/orange. So to start things off, I thought I would share this with everyone:

(I found this image here)

I mentioned Albert Camus' The Plague not too long ago in this post, in a list of 4 of the most important books I've read. I reread this book every two or three years and with each read understand it more than I did before, but also differently.

As you may have guessed from the title and bloody image of the cover, people do die in this book. It is in many ways a very horrifying because the entire books is about how different people confront death.

It's not a subject everyone likes to talk about, but let's face it, people are obsessed with death: zombie movies are extremely popular; a lot of people are sure that the world is ending in 2012; people claim to see ghosts and talk with the dead. And in review of those movies, fanatics, and ghost sightings, all the people affected respond differently. Some are heroes and zombie killers, some run away, others deny something is wrong, some people wish so hard to see their loved ones that ghost seem to appear, some want to sit on their porch while dooms-day arrives.

The way that death affects people and the way in which people confront death (pain, madness, humanity, the kindness of strangers) is what The Plague is all about. There is no past, there is no future, there is only the present to deal with.

Don't be too scared, it is a very good read.

John Ghost
"John's Ghost"

1 comment:

Lexie said...

I love that photo on the end.. I'm assuming you took it. This book does sound good, although I have difficulty reading depressing books because they really effect me! Although I have read a few books that were narrated by a ghost... anyway, I'm excited that everything October is going to be "orange/Halloween like"!

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