One of those books you can read at multiple levels. On the surface, it's about a town hit by a plague and how the inhabitants deal with this. However, the jacket also describes that it can be read as an allegory for France the Nazis. Not sure I'd have got that without being told up front, but under that interpretation it's pretty damning. Well written, and engrosing (almost missed my station, I had my nose so deep in this) but it isn't a feel good book by any stretch of the imagination.