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Joseph Conrad

Book Overview: 

Apparently a two part story about a Damsel and a Knight, perhaps a damsel who depends upon the kindness of strangers. The book itself was the biggest commercial success for Conrad up until that time. It allowed Conrad for the first time to settle his financial affairs. The author's disdain for people who live on the land is apparent. A new understanding of the word "enthusiastic" is promulgated. And it is a love story.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I was aware of it on that beautiful day, so fresh, so warm and friendly, so accomplished—an exquisite courtesy of the much abused English climate when it makes up its meteorological mind to behave like a perfect gentleman. Of course the English climate is never a rough. It suffers from spleen somewhat frequently—but that is gentlemanly too, and I don’t mind going to meet him in that mood. He has his days of grey, veiled, polite melancholy, in which he is very fascinating. How seldom he lapses into a blustering manner, after all! And then it is mostly in a season when, appropriately enough, one may go out and kill something. But his fine days are the best for stopping at home, to read, to think, to muse—even to dream; in fact to live fully, intensely and quietly, in the brightness of comprehension, in that receptive glow of the mind, the gift of the clear, luminous and serene weather.”

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Community Reviews

I think the fact that this was a commercial success whereas the Great Reading Public ignored Lord Jim says a lot about the taste of the early 20th century. I'm reading through Conrad, chronologically, and this was such a disappointment. If this had been my introduction, I'd have read no further. The

This is now my favourite Conrad novel, completely different than any of his other books and a most pleasant surprise. A unique love story, its quirkiness suggests it was ahead of its time with the unique and strong female character. A great love story!

Αριστούργημα! Και τι άλλο θα μπορούσε να είναι άλλωστε ένα μυθιστόρημα του Τζόζεφ Κόντραντ; Αρκετά διαφορετικό από τα πιο γνωστά του και κυρίως την πολυδιαβασμένη Καρδιά του Σκότους, με κάθε σελίδα που γυρίζεις νιώθεις ότι διαβάζεις αυτό που συνηθίζουμε (ορθά) να αποκαλούμε "καλή κλασική λογοτεχνία"

"Blandete in pasiune! Ce putea fi mai seducator pentru infometata si zdrobita inima a fetei?"
"O tanara fata, stii, e ca un templu. Treci pe langa el si te intrebi ce misterioase ritualuri se petrec acolo inauntru, ce rugaciuni, ce viziuni?"
Ca de fiecare data citesc cu placere, emotie si curiozitate

Es dürften mehrere Regalkilometer sein, die im Laufe der vergangenen Einhundert Jahre über Joseph Conrads Schreiben, seinen Stil, die besonderen Elemente der Erzählerposition in vielen seiner Geschichten und Romanen geschrieben wurden. Häufiger bricht er die Geschichten durch verschiedene Perspektiv

Conrad's moral imagination is unparalleled, except by Henry James, of whose influence this book bears some signs. Also breathtaking in its technical handling of the mechanics of narrative. Anyone wishing to study or write a novel could do no better than to start here.

Mediocre Joseph Conrad, only recommended for die-hard fans or completests. Basically a slow moving story of how chance plays into the lives of the main characters and brings about a minor miracle.

In typical Conrad fashion, he employs an awkward narrative device. It's basically in 1st person although

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