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Within the Tides

Joseph Conrad

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. . .She is the creature of that circle.  And I ask myself if she is obeying the uneasiness of an instinct seeking its satisfaction, or is it a revulsion of feeling, or is she merely deceiving her own heart by this dangerous trifling with romantic images.  And everything is possible—except sincerity, such as only stark, struggling humanity can know.  No woman can stand that mode of life in which women rule, and remain a perfectly genuine, simple human being.  Ah!  There’s some people coming out.”

He moved off a pace, then turning his head: “Upon my word!  I would be infinitely obliged to you if you could throw a little cold water. . . ” and at a vaguely dismayed gesture of Renouard, he added: “Don’t be afraid.  You wouldn’t be putting out a sacred fire.”

Renouard could hardly find words for a protest: “I assure you that I never talk with Miss Moorsom—on—on—that.. . . Read More

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Typhoon and other Tales, Joseph Conrad

Typhoon is a novella by Joseph Conrad, begun in 1899 and serialized in Pall Mall Magazine in January–March 1902. Its first book publication was in New York by Putnam in 1902.

The "Typhoon" describes how Captain MacWhirr sails the SS Nan-Shan, a British-built ste

"a man should stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience and all that sort of thing Why--what else would you have to fight against?"
-- Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-Line

One of Conrad's later novels. This one was published in 1917. The story is pretty straight forward, the plot direct.

For his first command, the young Conrad undergoes a litany of unfortunate incidents. First, he finds himself captain of a ship that seems frozen in the middle of the Far Eastern sea after having left the port, of which tropical fevers strike down most of the crew. He helps by a strange second supers

“Caminamos, y el tiempo también camina, hasta que, de pronto, vemos ante nosotros una línea de sombra advirtiéndonos que también habrá que dejar tras de nosotros la región de nuestra primera juventud.”

Amo leer historias de mar, de aventuras marinas, barcos, capitanes, oficiales a bordo, piratas o co

Ho sempre amato questo romanzo di Conrad. Lo rileggo regolarmente quando la ‘calmeria di scirocco’ rende l’aria irrespirabile. Rivivo col protagonista quel primo comando di una nave, una nave tutta sua cui dedica uno sguardo che molte donne probabilmente invidierebbero:

“La mia nave era [...] una di

THE SHADOW LINE

Romanzo di ‘formazione’ per eccellenza sin dal titolo: la linea d’ombra è infatti quel momento – quell’esperienza che dura più di un momento, tramite e durante la quale si compie il rito di passaggio dalla giovinezza all’età adulta.
Si attraversa un territorio contrassegnato come line

Her kesek di navbera wi dinyayê de, hindek dînatî heye...more

Libro letto nel lontano 2007. Ma lo ricordo ancora come fosse ieri, perché capita di trovarsi, come il protagonista, in una bonaccia senza vento, un limbo che non porta da nessuna parte e tutte le rotte che hai tracciato sembrano solo linee inutili su una carta senza senso.
Conrad è un bastardo così.

THE SHADOW LINE: A CONFESSION

The novella opens up with a young narrator, who actually does a pretty good of explaining the novel’s title (the shadow line) in the first paragraph:

" Only the young have such moments. I don’t mean the very young. No. The very young have, properly speaking, no moments.

God only knows
[La linea d'ombra è quanto di più lontano da un libro basato su colpi di scena e sorprese della trama; ma segnalo comunque che commentando farò riferimenti precisi a nomi e avvenimenti]

La prima forte impressione - per una lettura che, nella mia piccola tradizione personale di leggere s

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