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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All I am certain of in their personal relation to each other is that cruel pinch on the
upper part of the arm. That I am sure I have seen! There could be no mistake. I
was in a too idle mood to imagine such a gratuitous barbarity. It may have been ...
... outlying part of his enchanted circle that he was nearly forgotten before he
swam into view again in a native proa full of Goram vagabonds, burnt black by
the sun, very lean, his hair much thinned, and a portfolio of sketches under his
He touched the stuff hanging over his arm. “An Indian thing, I believe,” he added,
glancing at his arm sideways. “It isn't of particular value,” said Davidson truthfully.
“Very likely. The point is that it belongs to Schomberg's wife. That Schomberg ...
The small platform was filled with white muslin dresses and crimson sashes
slanting from shoulders provided with bare arms, which sawed away without
respite. Zangiacomo conducted. He wore a white mess-jacket, a black dress
... being obviously weak in the audience, some of the musicians sat down
listlessly at unoccupied tables, while others went on perambulating the central
passage arm in arm, glad enough, no doubt, to stretch their legs while resting
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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