A French port city on the Algerian coast, where the story takes place. It is a very ordinary city-some would even call it ugly-and its citizens are often described as living with too little imagination and too many habits. A massive plague epidemic descends on the city and its gates are locked, imprisoning its citizens and sealing the city off from the outside world.
These are first inhabitants of Oran to catch the plague. People in the city know something is wrong when thousands of them die every day, so many that a special collection service has to drag away truckloads of them every morning.
Entries are full of quirky observations that Tarrou keeps while living in Oran. The Narrator uses many of the details to reconstruct the story he tells.
The writer is so obsessed with detail that after years of...
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