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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Then he who has become Ricardo in the book would go below into that beastly
and noisome hole, remain there mysteriously, and coming up on deck again with
a face on which nothing could be read, would as likely as not resume for my ...
The mature, bad-tempered woman at the piano might have been her mother,
though there was not the slightest resemblance between them. All I am certain of
in their personal relation to each other is that cruel pinch on the upper part of the
l THERE is, as every schoolboy knows in this scientific age, a very close chemical
relation between coal and diamonds. It is the reason, I believe, why some people
allude to coal as “black diamonds.” Both these com. modities represent wealth; ...
Queer chap—yes, that may have been said, and in fact was said; but there is a
tremendous difference between the two, you will allow. On the nights of full moon
the silence around Samburan—the “Round Island” of the charts—was dazzling; ...
There was nothing forcible in the process, however. It was slow; and while the
liquidation—in London and Amsterdam— pursued its languid course, Axel Heyst,
styled in the prospectus “manager in the tropics,” remained at his post on ...
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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