Book of the Month – May 2020
The Plague – Albert Camus

A topical book this month, nothing to do with King Athelstan, Anglo Saxon History, or Freemasonry. This book was recommended to me by VW Bro Karl Debenham and Dr Hillary, of Good Morning Britain fame, also recommended it on national Television on the 6th May as being very akin to our situation today.

The following extract is from Wikipedia

“The Plague (French: La Peste) is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to holidaymakers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on a populace.

The novel is believed to be based on the cholera epidemic that killed a large proportion of Oran's population in 1849 following French colonisation, but the novel is set in the 1940s. Oran and its surroundings were struck by disease several times before Camus published his novel. According to a research report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Oran was decimated by the plague in 1556 and 1678, but all later outbreaks, in 1921 (185 cases), 1931 (76 cases), and 1944 (95 cases), were very far from the scale of the epidemic described in the novel”.

I was fascinated by this book, which is not the easiest book to read, as it studies the characters involved and how they change as the plague develops.

A.J. Allan
May 2020