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Youth, a Narrative

Joseph Conrad

Book Overview: 

An autobiographical short story. “Youth” is narrated by Charles Marlow who is also the narrator of Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim and Chance. Youth depicts his first journey to the East.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .You are a good young man. If you see John—Captain Beard—without his muffler at night, just remind him from me to keep his throat well wrapped up.' 'Certainly, Mrs. Beard,' I said. 'You are a good young man; I noticed how attentive you are to John—to Captain—' The train pulled out suddenly; I took my cap off to the old woman: I never saw her again... Pass the bottle.

"We went to sea next day. When we made that start for Bankok we had been already three months out of London. We had expected to be a fortnight or so—at the outside.

"It was January, and the weather was beautiful—the beautiful sunny winter weather that has more charm than in the summer-time, because it is unexpected, and crisp, and you know it won't, it can't, last long. It's like a windfall, like a godsend, like an unexpected piece of luck.

"It lasted all down the North Sea, all down Channel; and it lasted till we were three hundred miles or . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Youth by Joseph Conrad is a short, tragi-comic and brilliant portrait of a middle-aged man looking back to the vibrance and enthusiasm of his youthful self. The narrator is none other than Marlowe, Conrad’s intrepid voice from Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, and the story again finds him gathered wi

Since Youth is included in an anthology which I’m currently reading in Spanish, I was wondering if I should type a brief review just for this one. At the end, I decided to do so because I had read it in its original language as one friend of mine advised me: “you might read your first Conrad in Engl

I remember scarlet annotations on my school notebooks, like with a hot iron, which told me: too many repetitions!
This book is my revenge, my rehabilitation because Joseph Conrad uses it and abuses it on purpose, without appearing indigestible.
Miniature book in its format, but a great novel about you

The Summer of 1963 will be forever etched in my memory like the tablet of arcane hieroglyphics which it was: for it was the beginnings of my voyage into the mysterious, outré world of adulthood.

That Summer I was Sinbad the Sailor, sailing uncharted waters into vaguely baroque territory.

For as I recl

I am writing this, just having read the last page of Joseph Conrad's"Youth" and I feel myself awakening gradually, slowly, deliberately from a trance.

I cannot express in mere words how sublimely beautiful this tale - this mere novella of about a quarter of the length of Conrad's other novels - has

This could have occurred nowhere but in England, where men and sea interpenetrate, so to speak—the sea entering into the life of most men, and the men knowing something or everything about the sea, in the way of amusement, of travel, or of bread-winning.

By all that’s wonderful, it is the sea,

Judea faces a storm. It is a "Do or Die" situation for the crew.

JOSEPH Conrad was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the French merchant marine in 1874 and the British one in 1878. His merchant-marine career lasted 19 years,

Yes, I have seen a little of the Eastern seas; but what I remember best is my first voyage there. You fellows know there are those voyages that seem ordered for the illustration of life, that might stand for a symbol of existence.

How did you imagine your future when you’re young? Did you think then

“[…] the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort – to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every y

"O youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination of it! To me she was not an old rattletrap carting about the world a lot of coal for a freight - to me she was the endeavour, the test, the trial of life. I think of her with pleasure, with affection, with regret - as you would think

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