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'Twixt Land and Sea

Joseph Conrad

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. . .I am dead for the sake of a thing blessed with such a pretty father!” she cried; and turning to me: “You’re one of these men he does business with.  Well—why don’t you leave us in peace, my good fellow?”

It was said in a tone—this “leave us in peace!”  There was a sort of ruffianly familiarity, a superiority, a scorn in it.  I was to hear it more than once, for you would show an imperfect knowledge of human nature if you thought that this was my last visit to that house—where no respectable person had put foot for ever so many years.  No, you would be very much mistaken if you imagined that this reception had scared me away.  First of all I was not going to run before a grotesque and ruffianly old woman.

And then you mustn’t forget these necessary bags.  That first evening Jacobus made me stay to dinner; after, however, telling me loyally that he didn’t know whether he co. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Andiamo via/via dai fantasmi/In fretta via/da questi inutili spasmi/"Via, via, vieni via di qui,/niente pi� ti lega a questi luoghi,"/"c'� una ragione di pi�/per dirti che vado via" Insomma, si salpa.

A very fine set of Conrad shorts.

Una serie di racconti buoni, ma non esaltanti. Per chi ama le avventure marinare senza troppi colpi di scena e, magari, con una piccola concessione al mistero.

Conrad always offers amiably lush and personal language in his stories. It’s easy to imagine that he’s telling the story in front of a satisfying fireplace.

It’s no surprise to me that Conrad was a successful writer during his lifetime. His characters are deeply inscribed in his stories, and his empa


Tre racconti scritti tra il 1910 e i due anni a venire, che Conrad raccolse e pubblicò nel 1912, tra i quali faceva netta differenza e rimarcava viva preferenza: Freja delle Sette Isole giù, Il coinquilino segreto su:
Temo proprio che “Freya” sia una porcheria. D’altro canto “Il coinq

Three tales, novellas, actually, that capture the breadth of Conrad's work. Two of them, "A Smile of Fortune" and "Freya of the Seven Isles," demonstrate his tendency to depict cautionary revelations about the power of self deception leading to tragedy. This is a recurring theme of Conrad's. And in

Three fairly late tales based on Conrad's travels. He writes as beautifully as ever.

With ‘Twixt Land and Sea, Conrad’s works signify a moving away from the more political novels that provided many of his best works. As Conrad himself says, the three stories here are not connected in any way, and differ greatly in tone and content.

The first story has a distinctly ironic accent to it

Good short stories

Another set of good stories from one of my favourite authors at the moment. Any fan of Conrad will enjoy these little gems.

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