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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I went down on my knees!” “You are a believer, Morrison?” asked Heyst with a
distinct note of respect. “Surely I am not an infidel.” Morrison was swiftly
reproachful in his answer, and there came a pause, Morrison perhaps
interrogating his ...
And even Heyst could hardly keep incredulity out of his politely modulated voice
as he asked if it was a fact that Morrison had not that amount in hand. Morrison
hadn't. He had only a little English gold, a few sovereigns, on board. He had left
somebody asked him once with shallow scorn. “Drinks! Oh, dear, no!” The
innkeeper was not mercenary. Teutonic temperament seldom is. But he put on a
sinister expression to tell us that Heyst had not paid perhaps three visits
altogether to ...
He isn't the sort of man one can speak familiarly to. There's something in him.
One doesn't care to. “'But what's the object? Are you thinking of keeping
possession of the mine?' I asked him. “'Something of the sort, he says. “I am
He was asking everybody about everything, and arranging the information into
the most scandalous shape his imagination could invent. From time to time he
would step up, his blinking. cushioned eyes, his thick lips, his very chestnut beard
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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