Sharon ShakyaAcademic English, BBABook Review Essay.“The Plague” by Albert Camus.“But what does it mean, the plague? It’s life, that’s all.” (Camus, 1947)Albert Camus’ “The Plague” explores a deadly crisis that befalls a tiny, irrelevant townon the coast of Algeria. This book embraces the inevitability of death, but also the uncertainty ofit all the same. It creates the warmth that a community can gather in times of need and in timesof certain death. Camus’ ideology of existentialism is portrayed well in “The Plague” and isexpressed through the characters scattered throughout the book. Albert Camus, a French philosopher and journalist, was considered one of the fathers ofexistentialism. His main belief was his philosophy of “idea of the absurd”. Camus found itabsurd that we, as humans, search for happiness and meaning in our lives, in a world whereneither of those are offered. The only thing certain is death in this world, he claims. Hence, mostof his work of fiction is based on and revolves around mortality. Camus’ works of fiction,namely “The Stranger”, “The Fall” and “The Happy Death” are all based on the impermanenceof life and reinforce his belief of existentialism. “The Plague” (originally La Peste)shares thisidea of mortality as well.