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 reader need not be told that I have not forgotten him, though. My contact with
the faithful Pedro was much shorter and my observation of him was less complete
but incomparably more anxious. It ended in a sudden inspiration to get out of ...
Citizen of Colombia, Peter, Pedro—I don't know that he ever had any other name.
Pedro, alligator-hunter. Oh, yes—I'll pay his board with the half-caste. Can't help
myself. He's so confoundedly devoted to me that if I were to give him the sack ...
You chase all the Chinamen to bed early, and we'll get Pedro here every evening
. He isn't the conventional waiter's cut, but he will do to run to and fro with the tray,
while you sit here from nine to eleven serving out drinks and gathering the ...
He remained in the billiard-room, serving out drinks to the unspeakable Pedro
with an air of not seeing the growling monster, of not knowing where the drinks
went, of ignoring that there was such a thing as a music-room over there under
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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