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Joseph Conrad

Book Overview: 

Typhoon is a short novel by Joseph Conrad. It is a classic sea yarn that describes how Captain Macwhirr sails the Siamese steamer Nan-Shan into a typhoon. Other characters include the young Jukes and Solomon, the head engineer. The novel classically evokes the sea-faring life at the turn of the century. While Macwhirr is emotionally estranged from his family and crew, and though he refuses to consider an alternate course to skirt the typhoon, his indomitable will in the face of a superior natural force elicits grudging admiration.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And yet it isn't that. Can't be. He has been in command for a good few years now. He doesn't do anything actually foolish, and gets his ship along all right without worrying anybody. I believe he hasn't brains enough to enjoy kicking up a row. I don't take advantage of him. I would scorn it. Outside the routine of duty he doesn't seem to understand more than half of what you tell him. We get a laugh out of this at times; but it is dull, too, to be with a man like this—in the long-run. Old Sol says he hasn't much conversation. Conversation! O Lord! He never talks. The other day I had been yarning under the bridge with one of the engineers, and he must have heard us. When I came up to take my watch, he steps out of the chart-room and has a good look all round, peeps over at the sidelights, glances at the compass, squints upward at the stars. That's his regular performance. By-and-by he says: 'Was that you talking just now in the port alleyway?' 'Yes, sir.' 'With the t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Sea Stories. Typhoon, Joseph Conrad

Many chronicles have been written about life at sea, but few, if any, can compare with Joseph Conrad's masterpiece.

The "Typhoon" describes how Captain MacWhirr sails the SS Nan-Shan, a British-built steamer running under the Siamese flag, into a typhoon—a mature tr

"Don't you be put out by anything. Keep her facing it. They may say what they like, but the heaviest seas run with the wind. Facing it -- always facing it -- that's the way to get through. You are a young sailor. Face it. That's enough for any man. Keep a cool head."

A few years ago, Penguin publishe

Another sea story for me to end the year (and the decade!). I enjoyed this infinitely more than Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Packed into this short novel is a bit of plot and a lot of characterization, together with pleasing prose. Several other reviewers mention how well C

Look, I am not hip on exciting adventure stories, so I have had to ask myself why in the world I have enjoyed this as much as I do. Writing the review has helped me think this through. I hope my thoughts will help others decide if they will enjoy the book too.

First of all, the writing, the prose, i

El tifón, con su poder de enloquecer los mares, de hundir buques, de desarraigar árboles, de derribar fuertes muros y arrojar a los mismos pájaros del aire a la tierra, había encontrado en su camino a este hombre taciturno, y, haciendo todo lo posible, había logrado arrancarle unas pocas palabras."


The first thing that comes to mind after reading Typhoon, while reading actually, is Conrad's absolute mastery of the language.

He is an artist of the English language and the fact that it is not his first langauge makes his virtuosity all the more astounding. Typhoon is more about a storm of humani

Another extraordinary novella from the pen of a man who wrote about the sea like no other. Beautiful writing combined with an intense and exciting story is more than enough to satisfy me as a reader, but Conrad doesn't stop at that. Typhoon is more than a novella about how men react under stress. It

Ce n'è tanto di cattivo tempo in giro per il mondo
ed è giusto passarci attraverso

Descrizioni potenti ed efficacissime ,come l'ultimo tramonto prima della Cosa Vera

Il sole al tramonto mostrava un diametro diminuito e una smorta incandescenza cupa e senza raggi, come se milioni di secoli trascorsi d

Il capitano Mac Whirr è un personaggio particolarissimo: imponente, taciturno, se ne va in giro a terra con un ombrello, un cappello, per nascondere la sua stempiatura e un pastrano lungo estate o inverno che sia, senza nulla di quello che ci si aspetta da un capitano di romanzo. Il fatto che Conrad

Le due cose che più mi sono piaciute: la presentazione iniziale dei personaggi, molto divertente, e l'ellissi narrativa tra penultimo e ultimo capitolo, con elegante danza dei punti di vista.

Ma il cuore del libro, il grande tour de force centrale, l'impatto col Tifone, è davvero lungo e difficilmen

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