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The Secret Agent The story is set in London in 1886 and deals largely with the life of Mr. Verloc and his job as a spy. The novel deals broadly with the notions of anarchism, espionage, and terrorism.
By Louis rocks wisp Ely
Don't be deceived by the title!!
The title and average ratings make this book seem far better than it is. It's boring, full of over elaborate long winded descriptions and is done at such a slow pace. I actually fell asleep whilst reading it. Gave up reading it properly after about page 400, have skimmed through to around page 1000 and now finally given up altogether.
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (1899) is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow's life as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is "a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land". In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz.
Joseph Conrad A riverboat captain named Marlow receives a simple assignment: to float upriver, deep into the heart of the colonized Congo, and find a wayward ivory trader named Kurtz. Yet the job is much more than it seems. Life in the jungle has transformed Kurtz into a sick, dangerous, ambitious, and manipulative man, and the search to find him begins to weigh heavily on Marlow's soul.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Aldous Huxley, Jane Austen, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, E. E. Cummings, Alexandre Dumas, Joseph Conrad, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Jack London, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Victor Hugo & E. M. Forster This book contains now several HTML tables of contents. The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work.
This 1st volume contains the following 50 works, arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names:
Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane: Emma Balzac, Honoré de: Father Goriot Barbusse, Henri: The Inferno Brontë, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes Butler, Samuel: The Way of All Flesh Carroll, Lewis: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Cather, Willa: My Ántonia Cervantes, Miguel de: Don Quixote Chopin, Kate: The Awakening Cleland, John: Fanny Hill Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph: Nostromo Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans Crane, Stephen: The Red Badge of Courage Cummings, E. E.: The Enormous Room Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders Dickens, Charles: Bleak House Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: The Idiot Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Hound of the Baskervilles Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo Eliot, George: Middlemarch Fielding, Henry: Tom Jones Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary Flaubert, Gustave: Sentimental Education Ford, Ford Madox: The Good Soldier Forster, E. M.: A Room With a View Forster, E. M.: Howards End Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: The Sorrows of Young Werther Gogol, Nikolai: Dead Souls Gorky, Maxim: The Mother Haggard, H. Rider: King Solomon’s Mines Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter Homer: The Odyssey Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hugo, Victor: Les Misérables Huxley, Aldous: Crome Yellow James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady
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Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (1899) is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow’s life as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is “a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land”. In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz.
Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Allan England, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Louis Stevenson, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Joseph Conrad, Leo Tolstoy & Thomas Hardy An anthology of 50 classic books with an active table of contents to make it easy to quickly find the book you are looking for.
"20,000 Leagues Under the Seas" by Jules Verne
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"The Afterglow" by George Allan England
"Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
"Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery
"Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne
"Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis
"The Beautiful and Damned" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses" by Robert Louis Stevenson
"The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini
"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"The Death of Ivan Ilych" by Leo Tolstoy
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
"Emma" by Jane Austen
"Far From the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
"Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" by Mary Shelley
"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
"Howards End" by E.M. Forester
"The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance" by H.G. Wells
"Jacob's Room" by Virginia Woolf
"Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy
"The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling
"The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757" by James Fenimore Cooper
"Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
"Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka
"Moll Flanders" by Daniel Defoe
"My Man Jeeves" by P.G. Wodehouse
"The N****r of the ''Narcissus" by Joseph Conrad
"Nostromo" by Joseph Conrad
"On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
Joseph Conrad The title character, James Wait, is a West Indian black sailor on board the merchant ship Narcissus sailing from Bombay to London. Wait falls ill with tuberculosis during the voyage, and his plight arouses the humanitarian sympathies of many of the crew, five of whom rescue him from his deck cabin during a storm, placing their own lives and the ship at risk. Captain Alistoun and the old sailor Singleton, on the other hand, remain concerned primarily with their duties as sailors and are indifferent to Wait's condition.
Joseph Conrad Jim, the well-loved son of an English parson, goes to sea to make a name for himself. Just how he is to become "Tuan Jim" or "Lord Jim," however, remains to be told. With his youthful, romantic aspirations for the sea, he is physically powerful; he has "Ability in the abstract." He roams the Asian south seas as a water-clerk, moving from place to place, always trying to outrun, it seems, a particular fact of his past. The story then cuts to an early incident where Jim lost an opportunity to prove his mettle: he "leapt" too late, missing his chance. Then, after a long injury and hospital stay, instead of deciding to return to England, Jim accepts the position of chief mate of the Patna, an old local steamship carrying 800 Muslim pilgrims to Mecca.
Joseph Conrad The story takes place at sea, near the Gulf of Siam, and is told from the perspective of a young nameless Captain. The captain is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having only joined their company a fortnight earlier. The Captain is furthermore unsure of himself, questioning his ability to fulfill the role of such an authoritative figure. While on look-out duty one night, the captain encounters a naked swimmer holding onto the side ladder of the ship. He helps the mysterious swimmer onto the boat and hides him in his cabin without the rest of the crew's knowledge. He then learns of the mysterious swimmer's past. His name is Leggatt, and he swam away from a nearby ship, called the Sephora, where, as chief mate, he killed another crew member for insolence during a storm. The captain keeps Leggatt hidden in his quarters, away from the suspicious crew members and a visit from the skipper of the Sephora. Eventually the Captain allows Leggatt to escape by bringing the ship perilously close to land for Leggatt to swim away safely, though this risky sailing maneuver nearly sends the ship into the rocks, testing the Captain's seamanship. He succeeds and leads the ship away.
Joseph Conrad One of the major themes of the novella is the contrast between Conrad's characters who are imaginative men aware of the larger issues of life and conscious of the potential for disaster and the literal minded and relatively unaware Captain MacWhirr. MacWhirr is a hard working captain devoted to routine and loyal to the needs of the Nan-Shan and the interests of her owners.
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Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness Audio Edition is a fully-integrated text and eBook of Joseph Conrad's classic psychological novella. This selection includes a table of contents and embedded audio at the beginning of each section so the reader can listen while they read. The story follows narrator Charles Marlow, a boat captain, and his expedition down a river. Conrad carefully exploits the horrors of African colonization, delving into the absolute darkness and evil of the human condition.
Joseph Conrad Two colonial officers extol the benefits they are bringing to an African village in the form of 'quays and warehouses, and barracks - and billiard-rooms'. A French republican who has fathered three idiot sons makes his peace with the Church, only to have an idiot daughter. A woman chooses not to leave her husband but he leaves her. Such are the ironies of Conrad's earliest short stories, which are not apprentice work but miniature masterpieces in their own right. As astoundingly original in construction as the great novels that were to come, these tales are in many ways more challenging and more disturbing still. A sense of human existence as surprising and often perplexing informs every part of this remarkable collection. Complex, arresting, and unsettling, these are indeed 'tales of unrest'.
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness is a short novel written by Joseph Conrad, presented as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow’s job as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. This river is described to be “... a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land.” In the course of his commercial-agent work in Africa, the seaman Marlow becomes obsessed by Mr. Kurtz, an ivory-procurement agent, a man of established notoriety among the natives and the European colonials.
The story is a thematic exploration of the savagery-versus-civilization relationship, and of the colonialism and the racism that make imperialism possible. Originally published as a three-part serial story, in Blackwood's Magazine, the novella Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness as the sixty-seventh of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.
Joseph Conrad The novel's most striking formal characteristic is its shifting narrative and temporal perspective with the first section from the viewpoint of a sailor, the second from omniscient perspective of Axel Heyst, the third from an interior perspective from Heyst, and the final section.
Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Jules Verne, Jack London, Alexandre Dumas, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Joseph Conrad, Sir Walter Scott, Charlotte Brontë, Louisa May Alcott, Gustave Flaubert, George Eliot, Victor Hugo, Herman Melville, William Somerset Maugham, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Hermann Hesse, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, James Joyce & Emily Brontë Table of Contents The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Translated by Constance Garnett
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne Translated by Geo M. Towle The Call of the Wild by Jack London The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Translated by Constance Garnett
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Translation by John Ormsby Dracula by Bram Stoker Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert Translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling Middlemarch by George Eliot
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood Moby Dick by Herman Melville Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Translated by Gunther Olesch, Anke Dreher, Amy Coulter, Stefan Langer and Semyon Chaichenets A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Ulysses by James Joyce
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Joseph Conrad Set in the imaginary South American republic of Costaguana, this work is an illustration of the impact of foreign exploitation on a developing nation. As Sulaco, site of an English/American controlled silver mine establishes its independence, its ideals are inevitably compromised.
Joseph Conrad Although Polish by birth, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) is regarded as one of the greatest writers in English, and Heart of Darkness, first published in 1902, is considered by many his "most famous, finest, and most enigmatic story." — Encyclopaedia Britannica. The tale concerns the journey of the narrator (Marlow) up the Congo River on behalf of a Belgian trading company. Far upriver, he encounters the mysterious Kurtz, an ivory trader who exercises an almost godlike sway over the inhabitants of the region. Both repelled and fascinated by the man, Marlow is brought face to face with the corruption and despair that Conrad saw at the heart of human existence. In its combination of narrative and symbolic power, masterly character study and acute psychological penetration, Heart of Darkness ranks as a landmark of modern fiction. It is a book no serious student of literature can afford to miss.
Joseph Conrad An autobiographical short story written in 1898 and included as the first story in the 1902 volume Youth, a Narrative, and Two Other Stories. This volume also includes Heart of Darkness and The End of the Tether, which are concerned with maturity and old age, respectively. "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."
Lewis Carroll, Emily Brontë, Victor Hugo, Edgar Rice Burroughs, E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Homer, Aldous Huxley, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, E. E. Cummings & H.P. Lovecraft This book,contains now several HTML tables of contents
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This 1st volume of "100 Books You Must Read Before You Die" contains the following 50 works, arranged alphabetically by authors' last names:
Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women
Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice, Emma
Balzac, Honoré de: Father Goriot
Brontë, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights
Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes
Butler, Samuel: The Way of All Flesh
Carroll, Lewis: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cather, Willa: My Ántonia
Cervantes, Miguel de: Don Quixote
Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
Cleland, John: Fanny Hill
Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone
Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness, Nostromo
Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans
Cummings, E. E: The Enormous Room
Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders
Dickens, Charles: Bleak House, Great Expectations
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot
Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie
Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo
Eliot, George: Middlemarch
Fielding, Henry: Tom Jones
Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary, Sentimental Education
Ford, Ford Madox: The Good Soldier
Forster, E. M.: A Room With a View, Howards End
Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: The Sorrows of Young Werther
Gogol, Nikolai: Dead Souls
Gorky, Maxim: The Mother
Haggard, H. Rider: King Solomon's Mines
Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
Homer: The Iliad & The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Misérables
Huxley, Aldous: Crome Yellow
James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady
Lovecraf H.P: The Call of Cthul
Joseph Conrad The Mirror of the Sea is a collection of autobiographical essays first published in various magazines 1904-6 (Summary by Wikipedia). Conrad early in his life earned his bread as a Master Mariner in sailing ships. In his Author's Note to this work, Conrad states,"Beyond the line of the sea horizon the world for me did not exist .Within these pages I make a full confession not of my sins but of my emotions. It is the best tribute my piety can offer to the ultimate shapers of my character, convictions, and, in a sense, destiny---to the imperishable sea, to the ships that are no more, and to the simple men who have had their day."
Joseph Conrad In fact it is part of what might be called a ‘trilogy in reverse’. An Outcast deals with events that take place in 1872, whereas Almayer’s Folly is set about 1887. An Outcast provides what might in modern media terms be called a ‘back story’ to the first novel. There is also a third volume in the series called The Rescue that deals with events set even earlier in the 1850s – but this was not published until 1920.
Joseph Conrad This is an amazing chilling tale of horror which, as the author intended, is capable of many interpretations. Set in the Congo during the period of rapid colonial expansion in the 19th century, the story deals with the highly disturbing effects of economic, social and political exploitation of European and African societies and the cataclysmic behaviour this induced in some individuals. A very influential story, it provided the plot of the film Apocalpyse Now.
Joseph Conrad Classic shortish story by Conrad that relates his self-thought alienation from British society, as a young foreign man survives a shipwreck off the coast of Kent, England only to be shunned by most of the townsfolk.
Joseph Conrad The story follows Captain Tom Lingard, the recurring protagonist of The Lingard Trilogy, way to help a native friend regain his land when he falls in love with a married woman. whose yacht he saves from floundering.
Joseph Conrad The title of the exhibition, derived from a collection of Conrad's short stories Twixt land and sea (1912), is meant to serve as a metaphor. However, it does not intend to refer only to life choices of the writer and places where his characters function. The title opens the space between the land and the wide sea for dreams, feelings, moral choices, remembrances and - above all - the art. Conrad will guide you through this realm with fragments of his works and letters.
Joseph Conrad N****r of the ‘Narcissus’, Joseph Conrad. Revised version of http://ota.ox.ac.uk/id/1780 . First edition published in 1897. Originally transcribed, deposited and tagged in TEI compatible format by Jeffrey Triggs..
Joseph Conrad A young sea captain tests his mettle off the coast of Siam in this nineteenth-century psychological tale from the author of Heart of Darkness.
When his sailing ship is anchored in the Gulf of Siam—now Thailand—a first-time sea captain questions his ability to command. Anxious and eager for his crew to like him, he takes the first shift of the night watch. Alone in the dark, he encounters a mysterious man swimming alongside the vessel. The captain allows him to board and learns that the stranger, Leggatt, was first mate on another ship and he claims to have accidentally murdered a man.
Torn between arresting Leggatt for his crime and secretly harboring him in his own cabin, the young captain faces a choice more difficult than any he has ever known. Forced to determine Leggatt’s fate, the captain must consider the safety of his crew and the ramifications his decision will have on his own future.
As in his classic works Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, author Joseph Conrad crafts a gripping read, endowing a nautical adventure with questions of morality and self-discovery.
Joseph Conrad This collection of four Joseph Conrad tales was first published in 1916 and includes "The Planter of Malta," "The Partner," "The Inn of the Two Witches" and "Because of the Dollars." Having English as an acquired language did not deter Conrad from becoming one of the greatest prose stylists in English literature. A master at creating atmosphere, he portrayed individuals suffering from isolation and moral disintegration, and particularly the clash between primitive cultures and modern civilization.
Joseph Conrad Miss Flora de Barral is the daughter of an imprisoned swindler left to fend for herself, with no real standing in society. She must depend on the kindness of strangers, and some kindnesses come with strings attached. Will meeting Captain Anthony give Flora the dignity and happiness she seeks? The story is told by several different perspectives in this romance novel.
Joseph Conrad In a decision that will change his life and his character, Charles Marlow accepts employment as captain of a river steamboat for an ivory trading company. Once he arrives at the Central Station, Marlow receives an assignment to travel deep into the heart of the Congo to bring back Mr. Kurtz, a station chief who has fallen ill. While repairing his steamboat and preparing for the journey, Marlow hears rumors that Kurtz is a man driven mad by his godlike power over the natives. How will Marlow fare on this mission? Will he be able to retrieve Mr. Kurtz and escape the wilds of the jungle unscathed? More than just an adventure story, Heart of Darkness also serves as a discussion on the colonization of Africa. Read the classic that has sparked heated debate and analysis from the time of its publication to the current day.
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Joseph Conrad It was in 1868, when nine years old or thereabouts, that while looking at a map of Africa of the time and putting my finger on the blank space then representing the unsolved mystery of that continent, I said to myself.
Joseph Conrad Set in eastern Borneo during the 1880s, Almayer's Folly recreates the conflicts of imperial Europe with the colonized East Indies through Kaspar Almayer's personal tragedy: his loss of both his daughter to her native lover and his dream of finding gold. This edition presents Joseph Conrad's first novel freed from seven layers of publishers' and typists' corruptions. Complete textual and contextual histories, full annotation and two regional maps are provided. This is the text, established through modern textual scholarship, as Conrad would have liked it to have appeared in 1895.
Joseph Conrad & Ford Madox Hueffer In this 1903 novel, a collaborative effort by Polish writer Joseph Conrad and English writer Ford Madox Ford, a young English man experiences both love and misfortune on ships and islands in the Caribbean.
Joseph Conrad A novella about a sea captain named Whalley who has had a financial disaster at the end of a distinguished career. All he wants is to leave his only daughter some money to help her deal with her unsuccessful marriage, so he invests his last 500 pounds in an old steamer owned by its chief engineer, a man named Massy, and serves as its captain on local runs.
Joseph Conrad THE six stories in this volume are the result of some three or four years of occasional work. The dates of their writing are far apart, their origins are various. None of them are connected directly with personal experiences. In all of them the facts are inherently true, by which I mean that they are not only possible but that they have actually happened. For instance, the last story in the volume, the one I call Pathetic, whose first title is Il Conde (misspelt by-the-by) is an almost verbatim transcript of the tale told me by a very charming old gentleman whom I met in Italy. I don’t mean to say it is only that. Anybody can see that it is something more than a verbatim report, but where he left off and where I began must be left to the acute discrimination of the reader who may be interested in the problem. I don’t mean to say that the problem is worth the trouble. What I am certain of, however, is that it is not to be solved, for I am not at all clear about it myself by this time. All I can say is that the personality of the narrator was extremely suggestive quite apart from the story he was telling me. I heard a few years ago that he had died far away from his beloved Naples where that “abominable adventure” did really happen to him.
Joseph Conrad It is nonetheless the principal contemporary source for information about the author's life. It tells about his schooling in Russian Poland, his sailing in Marseille, the influence of his Uncle Tadeusz, and the writing of Almayer's Folly. It provides a glimpse of how Conrad wished to be seen by his British public, as well as being an atmospheric work of art.
Joseph Conrad Retired skipper Hagberd goes from Colchester to Coalbrook in search of his son Harry, who ran away to sea. Failing to find him, Hagberd settled there. He confides his hopes for his son’s return to Bessie, the daughter of his next door neighbour and tenant. He makes elaborate preparations for Harry`s return, and assumes he will be a suitable husband for Bessie. She looks after her cantankerous father, who mistreats her. Hagberd advertises in the newspapers for information about his son, and meanwhile furnishes the cottage, for his arrival, letting nobody see the results. One day a man arrives at the cottage claiming to have news of Hagberd’s son – but the old skipper refuses to hear it, claiming that he has all the information he needs, as his son will be returning soon. The man turns out to be his son Harry, and Bessie he has kept up his hopes with the myth of `to-morrow’.
Joseph Conrad This is an part of the amazing work of Joseph Conrad who spent much of his life at sea, and his experiences as a mariner deeply influenced his fiction. He set many of his finest stories aboard ship, where his characters — closely confined, enduring the rigors of the sea — might struggle more intensely with the psychological and moral issues that engaged him.
Here are adventures of the sea and of the soul, related by a novelist considered one of the greatest writers in the language, reprinted from authoritative editions.
Joseph Conrad "Falk" is a story of the protagonist who confesses his crime. He holds back a dreadful secret that restricts his ability to live life To the fullest. This is depicts human psychology and unravelling events of the contemporary.
Joseph Conrad The classic tale of terrorism from one of the twentieth century’s greatest novelists
To his friends and family Adolf Verloc is a typical London businessman. But in reality he is a secret agent for a foreign government. His assignment has been to stir up trouble among the local anarchist groups, but when his handlers become frustrated with his lack of progress, they demand a new course of action: Verloc will bomb the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
A masterpiece of intricate plotting and dark realism, The Secret Agent skips backward and forward in time as the repercussions of its central event are felt by every character—from the radicals who think Verloc is one of their own to the wife and brother-in-law he traps in his whirlwind of destruction. This is one of Joseph Conrad’s finest novels, and a portrait of the devastating effects of extremism, as relevant today as when it was first published more than a century ago.
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“The Secret Agent remains the most brilliant novelistic study of terrorism as viewed from the blood-spattered outside.” —The New York Times Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), born to Polish parents in a region of the Russian Empire that is now part of Ukraine, was orphaned at eleven years old and joined the French merchant marine at sixteen. He sailed to the West Indies, Australia, and Borneo, and spent six months captaining a steamer on the Congo River, an experience that inspired his best-known work, Heart of Darkness. One of the great prose stylists, he wrote all of his novels—including the masterworks Lord Jim, Nostromo, and The Secret Agent—in English, his third language.
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Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of the Western canon.
The story tells of Charles Marlow, an Englishman who took a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a ferry-boat captain in Africa. Heart of Darkness exposes the dark side of European colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters: the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans' cruel treatment of the natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil. Although Conrad does not give the name of the river, at the time of writing the Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River, was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. In the story, Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver. However, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization, in a cover-up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region.
This symbolic story is a story within a story or frame narrative. It follows Marlow as he recounts from dusk through to late night, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary his Congolese adventure. The passage of time and the darkening sky during the fictitious narrative-within-the-narrative parallel the atmosphere of the story. (Wikipedia)
Joseph Conrad In Joseph Conrad’s only story set in World War I, he shows the sobering change that has taken place between a society of definitive values to a world of uncertainty. As the narrator tells this “tale”, a twist unfolds that is sure to leave the reader imagining what it might be like to have been in the same predicament. Conrad chooses the frame narrative as his literary technique that has been used in other stories such as “Heart of Darkness” and “Youth: A Narrative.”
Russell McCall illustrates “The Tale” with his abstract paintings in a way that captures the opaque nature of the story.
Joseph Conrad An enthralling novel of Gaspar’s inspirational rise from obscurity to light. Remarkable for its irony, it marvellously presents man’s capacity for self-deception. Gaspar Ruiz joined the republican forces during a revolutionary war in an un-named South American country. He was captured by the Royalist forces and forced to bear arms. Having been recaptured by the republicans, he is about to be shot as a deserter and a traitor.
Joseph Conrad A woman's judgment: intuitive, clever, expressed with felicitous charm--infallible. A judgment that has nothing to do with justice. The critic and the judge seems to think that in those distant lands all joy is a yell and a war dance, all pathos is a howl and a ghastly grin of filed teeth, and that the solution of all problems is found in the barrel of a revolver or on the point of an assegai. And yet it is not so. But the erring magistrate may plead in excuse the misleading nature of the evidence. The picture of life, there as here, is drawn with the same elaboration of detail, coloured with the same tints. Only in the cruel serenity of the sky, under the merciless brilliance of the sun, the dazzled eye misses the delicate detail, sees only the strong outlines, while the colours, in the steady light, seem crude and-without shadow. Nevertheless it is the same picture. And there is a bond between us and that humanity so far away. I am speaking here of men and women--not of the charming and graceful phantoms that move about in our mud and smoke and are softly luminous with the radiance of all our virtues; that are possessed of all refinements, of all sensibilities, of all wisdom--but, being only phantoms, possess no heart.
Joseph Conrad The Shadow Line is an extraordinary account of a kerfuffle that occurred on board a sailing ship, involving an unexpected sequence of events. It is a real psychological thriller, and Conrad's talent for describing bizarre characters in all of their astonishing detail is at its most fine. The book lays a spell on its reader long before the spectre of a sailing ship afloat in a supernatural silence, all of her crew dying and dead, is raised.