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A Set of Six

Joseph Conrad

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. . .isals were exercised on both sides and no quarter was given in the field. Having won my promotion in the Peru campaign, I was a captain on the staff. Gaspar Ruiz found himself hard pressed; at the same time we heard by means of a fugitive priest who had been carried off from his village presbytery and galloped eighty miles into the hills to perform the christening ceremony, that a daughter was born to them. To celebrate the event, I suppose, Ruiz executed one or two brilliant forays clear away at the rear of our forces, and defeated the detachments sent out to cut off his retreat. General Robles nearly had a stroke of apoplexy from rage. He found another cause of insomnia than the bites of mosquitoes; but against this one, senores, tumblers of raw brandy had no more effect than so much water. He took to railing and storming at me about my strong man. And from our impatience to end this inglorious campaign I am afraid that all we young officers became reckless and apt to ta. . . Read More

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Though I only really enjoyed two of the six, it's Conrad -- there is brilliance sprinkled throughout. So much wisdom written from such an absolutely pure observational position...not sure I've ever read anyone like him.

A straightforward enough collection of six stories by Joseph Conrad. The most easily recognized among the bunch is probably "The Duel," due to its adaptation to film in 1977. The best among them, to my taste, however, is "Gaspar Ruiz." This latter story, which appears first in order in the book, car

Excellent collection of short stories.

Kitabın daha girişinde, "Yazarın Notu" başlıklı sunuşta geçen "poetical justice" kalıbını, "şiirsel adalet" diye çevirmiş Hasan Fehmi Nemli. Ya dayı, Batı edebiyatının en temel terimlerinden birini böyle bire bir çeviriyorsan neden Joseph Conrad gibi devlere bulaştın sen ya! Bu çeviride düşülen en b

Η νουβέλα αυτή έχει δυο σκέλη, το πρώτο αφορά την περιγραφή του Κόμη, τέτοια που να εξηγεί τον τρόπο και το βάθος που τον επηρεάζει το περιστατικό που λαμβάνει χώρα στο δεύτερο σκέλος. Πράος, μαλθακός, καλοζωισμένος, χαρακτηριστικά γράφει ο Κόνραντ για την έλλειψη τραχύτητας των ανθρώπων που βρήκαν

Joseph Conrad wrote the stories that make up his Set of Six during the most political phase of his literary career. It is true that political concerns can be found throughout his writing period, from the sceptical sideswipes at colonialism in his first book (Almayer’s Folly) to the hostile presentat

six Conrad stories, some merely entertaining, some which should be but are so much more. "The Duel" reminded me of "Michael Koolhaas" in its intensity, focus, and sweep. "Gaspar Ruiz" is mostly fun. "Il Conde" and "An Anarchist" are terrific. Also cool - the yellowed library copy I read seems to hav

I enjoyed these stories more than I thought I would--Conrad (to me) has a reputation for being verbose and difficult to penetrate, but either he decided to be more concise with these stories, or I have more patience than I used to . Plus, I don't see these stories as having the same weight as some o

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