UNLIMITED Audiobooks and eBooks

Over 40,000 books & works on all major devices

Get ALL YOU CAN for FREE for 30 days!

Victory: An Island Tale

Joseph Conrad

Book Overview: 

Recollections of the life of Axel Heyst, one-time manager of the liquidated Tropical Belt Coal Company in a fictitious island in the Pacific. After retreating from society in response to his professional failures, the misanthrope is drawn back by a romantic affair.

How does All You Can Books work?

All You Can Books gives you UNLIMITED access to over 40,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the FREE trial and it's all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial. The service works on any major device including computers, smartphones, music players, e-readers, and tablets. You can try the service for FREE for 30 days then it's just $19.99 per month after that. So for the price everyone else charges for just 1 book, we offer you UNLIMITED audio books, e-books and language courses to download and enjoy as you please. No restrictions.

Book Excerpt: 
. . .I am sure she pinched your arm most cruelly," he murmured, rather disconcerted now at what he had done.

It was a great comfort to hear her say:

"It wouldn't have been the first time. And suppose she did—what are you going to do about it?"

"I don't know," he said with a faint, remote playfulness in his tone which had not been heard in it lately, and which seemed to catch her ear pleasantly. "I am grieved to say that I don't know. But can I do anything? What would you wish me to do? Pray command me."

Again, the greatest astonishment became visible in her face; for she now perceived how different he was from the other men in the room. He was as different from them as she was different from the other members of the ladies' orchestra.

"Command you?" she breathed, after a time, in a bewildered tone. "Who are you?" she asked a little louder.

"I am staying in this hotel for a few days. I just dropped in casu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Axel Heyst the "Swede," is running away but since it is himself he wants to escape from that is clearly an unattainable goal. Growing up with his crank of a father, a widower in London Town the elder Heyst, writes little books of his unpopular philosophy making a small profit, from the few who like

Victory by Joseph Conrad is a dark, psychological thriller.

Like all of Conrad’s work, his mastery of the English language is immediately evident and he uses descriptive language of which D.H. Lawrence would be envious, especially when describing the villains. Victory is also reminiscent of Shakespe

I enjoyed this novel from the pen of Joseph Conrad - it may be my favorite of his works although Conrad has the knack for writing consistently good novels that makes it hard to rank them. Victory's most striking formal characteristic is its shifting narrative and temporal perspective with the first

What do you do when no effort of your own succeeds? When life seems a cruel joke, the universe itself absurd?

You turn within.

Joseph Conrad had told me before, in 1970, that life has need of our ultimate sacrifice in the face of absurdity - in Lord Jim.

Now, once again, in 1974, he was telling me no h

Now and then, we must leave the literature of our day and delve deeper--in time and in literary style. Joseph Conrad has survived time as a classic, because his work is of classic quality. I submerged into Victory as into cool, deep water, to emerge refreshed and moved by the literary experience.

Ο Βαρόνος Χάιστ είναι ένας πολύ περίεργος και ιδιαίτερος χαρακτήρας, ο οποίος αποφασίζει να απομονωθεί σε κάποιο μικρό νησί της Ινδονησίας στο οποίο πριν λίγο καιρό υπήρχε μια εταιρία στην οποία ο ίδιος τελούσε χρέη διευθυντή. Η οικονομική κατάρευση της εταιρίας, τα παιδικά του χρόνια αλλά και κάποι

Ο αναγνώστης, πριν επιστρέψει στα εγκόσμια, στη γνωστή πεπατημένη του, αναβαπτίζεται σε μια θεώρηση όχι και τόσο πιασάρικη, όχι και τόσο συνηθισμένη, αυτή της απόλυτης αποστασιοποίησης μέσα από τον χαρακτήρα του Χάιστ, βαθιά «σημαδεμένου» από τη νιχιλιστική θεωρία του διανοούμενου πατέρα του.

Μετά τ

My victory over ‘Victory’ by Joseph Conrad was last-gasp and hard-fought. Unfortunately, I am not going to build any triumphal arches to commemorate it.

I feel like a veteran. For a few weeks I have been bombarded with boredom. Stabbed with a bayonet of disappointment. Outflanked by the characters I

If you feel like reading a complex psychological novel that will make you ponder the meaning of life, this is a book for you. Not that you will be provided with any definite answers, mind you. Victory strikes me as a rather ambiguous work, one that is (intentionally left) open to interpretations. Co


1919, di Maurice Tourner (il padre di Jacques), cinema muto.

Ho deciso di leggerlo perché in un’intervista Joan Didion diceva che prima di iniziare un nuovo romanzo rileggeva sempre Victory di Conrad.
I have never started a novel, I’ve never written one without rere

View More Reviews