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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... characteristic insolence belongs to another man of a quite different type. I will
say nothing as to the origins of his mentality because I don't intend to make any
damaging admissions. It so happened that the very same year Ricardo—the ...
We had with us also, lying prostrate in the dark and unspeakable cuddy of that
schooner, an old Spanish gentleman, owner of much luggage and, as Ricardo
assured me, very ill indeed. Ricardo seemed to be either a servant or the
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 not come
out of his supineness. “Martin Ricardo, secretary. You don't want any more of ...
Mr. Jones, lolling back idly in a chair, looked up, Ricardo, as idle, but more
upright, made no sign. “Won't you have a drink with me before retiring?” went on
Schomberg, sitting down by the little table. “By all means,” said Mr. Jones lazily.
And when he glanced aside uncomfortably, he met Ricardo's grin uncovering a
lot of teeth, though the man seemed absorbed in his thoughts all the time. “And, .
noreover,” went on Mr. Jones in that distant tone of his, “you can't help yourself.
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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