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Author QuotedAlbert Camus
Title Quotedpeste
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/08/09
Imprint[Paris] : Gallimard. [1947]
QuotationWhere can I ever read all the novels one is supposed to read? I am, however, finishing La Peste (Camus). It is a precise, well-built, inexorable piece of reflection. Picture of our society as it really is when undefended by distraction. I can accept Camus' ideas of nobility- and certainly agree with him about the Jesuit sermon. Yet the nobility of the Doctor is still not enough-though it may be enough for the doctor, and it may be all that most men can do. There is a nobility in the simplification of reasons in the renunciation of religious explanations. But to live without ideology is not to live without faith. The doctor would not be possible without the Gospel or without some cryptic compassion that is more than simply humanistic. Has Camus got far beyond Kant?
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 134
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