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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It is very obvious that on the arrival of the gentlemanly Mr. Jones, the single-
minded Ricardo and the faithful Pedro, Heyst, the man of universal detachment,
loses his mental selfpossession, that fine attitude before the universally
The same observation will apply mutatis mutandis to Mr. Jones, who is built on a
much slenderer connection. Mr. Jones (or whatever his name was) did not drift
away from me. He turned his back on me and walked out of the room. It was in a ...
I wonder what the point was. I never saw him again because I believe he went
straight on board a mail-boat which left within the hour for other ports of call in the
direction of Aspinall. Mr. Jones's characteristic insolence belongs to another man
... books,” he explained in his formal military manner, chest thrown out, beard
very much in evidence. The shaven man, sprawling in a long chair, with his air of
withered youth, raised his eyes languidly. “My name? Oh, plain Mr. Jones—put
Joseph Conrad. “My name? Oh, plain Mr. Jones—put that down—a gentleman at
large. And this is Ricardo.” The pock-marked man, lying prostrate in another long
chair, made a grimace, as if something had tickled the end of his nose, but did ...
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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
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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