In Victory (1915) Conrad returns to the Malay Archipelago, to the setting of his first mature novel, Lord Jim, and in Axel Heyst he creates a hero who is in many ways similar to Jim, a noble altruist destroyed by his ideals. Heyst is emotionally crippled by the influence of his dead father, a sceptical philosopher who has bequeathed to Heyst an attitude to life summed up in the father's dying words: 'Look on - make no sound.' Despite this injunction Heyst allows himself to become inextricably involved with an English Cockney girl whom he rescues from Giancomo's Travelling Ladies' Orchestra and carries off to his isolated retreat on the island of Samburan. His action incurs the fatal wrath of Schomberg, the island's innkeeper, who sends in pursuit of Heyst three demonic strangers whose invasion of his island paradise leads rapidly to the novel's violent and tragic close.
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... did not matter much. “I have told my owner of it,” said the conscientious
commander of the Sissie. His owner had a face like an ancient lemon. He was *
small and wizened—which was strange, because generally a Chinaman, as 28
small and wizened—which was strange, because generally a Chinaman, as he
grows in prosperity, puts on inches of girth and stature. To serve a Chinese firm is
not so bad. Once they become convinced you deal straight by them, their ...
A Chinaman appeared in response to the bell. Schomberg turned to him very
severely: “Take the gentleman's order.” Davidson had to be going. Couldn't wait
—only begged that Heyst should be informed that the Sissie would leave at
The Chinaman approached, and after referring him to the white man by a nod the
hotel-keeper departed, mutvering to himself. Davidson heard him gnash his teeth
as he went. Davidson sat alone with the billiard-tables as if there had been not ...
... and no one speaking to her. Schomberg himself took no more interest in her
than may be implied in a sudden and totally unmotived scowl. Otherwise the very
Chinamen ignored her existence. She had interrupted Davidson in his reflections
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DanielSTJ - www.librarything.com
Conrad managed to develop characters, imperfect, that all drove themselves forward on their own agendas to the story's conclusion- facilitating and enabling it along the way. He manages to keep the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cecrow - www.librarything.com
In the first part we get an outsider's view of Axel Heyst's character, actions and motives without being certain who he is or what actually drives him. I found this off-putting until the second part ... Read full review