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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The second point on which I wish to offer a remark is the existence (in the novel)
of a person named Schomberg. That I believe him to be true goes without saying.
I am not likely to offer pinchbeck wares to my public consciously. Schomberg is ...
The orchestra was rather smaller than the one that performed at Schomberg's
hotel, had the air more of a family party than of an enlisted band, and, I must
confess, seemed rather more respectable than the Zangiacomo. musical
And this sudden display of purposeful energy shook the incredulity of the most
sceptical more than any scientific demonstration of the value of these coal-
outcrops could have done. It was impressive. Schomberg was the only one who
Most of us can remember instances of triumphant folly; and that ass Schomberg
triumphed. The T. B. C. Co. went into liquidation, as I began by telling you. The
Tesmans washed their hands of it. The Government cancelled those famous ...
As I have said, we were not much interested; but Schomberg, of course, could not
understand that. He was protesquely dense. Whenever three people came
together in his hotel, he took good care that Heyst should be with them. “I hope
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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