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Some Reminiscences

Joseph Conrad

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. . .But it never touched upon "Almayer's Folly," and next morning, in uninterrupted obscurity, this inseparable companion went on rolling with me in the south-east direction towards the Government of Kiev.

At that time there was an eight-hours' drive, if not more, from the railway station to the country house which was my destination.

"Dear boy" (these words were always written in English), so ran the last letter from that house received in London,—"Get yourself driven to the only inn in the place, dine as well as you can, and some time in the evening my own confidential servant, factotum and major-domo, a Mr. V.S. (I warn you he is of noble extraction), will present himself before you, reporting the arrival of the small sledge which will take you here on the next day. I send with him my heaviest fur, which I suppose with such overcoats as you may have with you will keep you from freezing on the road."

Sure enough, as I was dining, serve. . . Read More

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This book leaves me feeling as though I’ve had a long and rewarding conversation with Joseph Conrad. I’m in the process of reading all his books in the order in which they were written, and with each of his novels I’ve become more and more impressed with this man’s mastery of his adopted language –

Conrad's sentences and stories are amazing enough; what really knocks me out is that they are written in his THIRD language. I'm not sure what I want to read more: a biography of this singular man or more of his fiction.

I started reading this book believing it would be a stock standard autobiography. Well, it wasn't. And Joseph Conrad himself tells you that it wouldn't be so. However, what you do get is memories of people and periods in Conrad's life that shaped and developed the man. This doesn't tell the man's li

Much of Conrad I can't follow. I often find myself in the middle of a story with no idea how I got there...and often I simply can't, or at times won't, follow his winding, roundabout and ponderous diction. Even so, I was eager to hear him in his natural voice -- but I was only sporadically intereste

Un escritor que fue también un marinero en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX, descendiente de la nobleza polaca que luchó por su indepedencia contra los rusos, conminado por un amigo editor hace esta crónica, oportunidad única no sólo de conocer de viva voz la vida de uno de los escritores más perspica

My issue, dated 1920, is actually a reprint of Conrad's original "Personal Record," and it includes a new preface along with various, unrelated letters to newspaper editors about current events.

"A Personal Record" is a long, intimate, and at times self-deprecating introspective into Conrad's creativ

Fausse autobiographie ou autobiographie romancée, je ne sais pas comment le décrire. Ce n’est pas un roman, c’est (volontairement) déstructuré. Il est peut-être de bon ton de savoir apprécier ce genre de livre et d’y voir le génie de l’artiste entre deux lignes, (très bien) caché quelque part. Je n’

A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad gave great insight into the man who wrote the classic "Heart of Darkness". I must say, if one plans on reading this, they must get the copy that has "A Familiar Preface" by Conrad, who spends some time justifying some of his decisions in how he wrote the book to th

I always get the feeling, when reading anything Conrad, of a continuous, delicious soul scrubbing rush of verbal manna that I am in constant fear is going to wear off but never does, or that I am going to build up a tolerance to but never do. No matter how small or big a hit of his writings I take,

“Me atrevería a decir que en la actualidad me siento forzado, inconscientemente forzado, a escribir un volumen tras otro de igual forma que en el pasado me sentí forzado a hacerme a la mar, a emprender un viaje tras otro. Las hojas han de caer unas sobre otras tal como otrora cayeran unas tras otras

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