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 never saw him again because I believe he went straight on board a mail-boat
which left within the hour for other ports of call in the direction of Aspinall. Mr.
Jones's characteristic insolence belongs to another man of a quite different type.
We were more puzzled than dazzled, it is true; but even the most sober-minded
among us began to think that there was something in it. The Tesmans appointed
agents, a contract for government mail-boats secured, the era of steam beginning
Something white on the wharf; so he steamed in and went ashore in a small boat.
Heyst, right enough. Put a book into his pocket, always very polite. Been strolling
on the wharf and reading. I remain in possession here,” he told | Captain ...
boat. I. could. not. see. another. living. being. anywhere. Yes. He had a book in
his hand. He looked exactly as we have always seen him—very neat, white
shoes, cork helmet. He explained to me that he had always had a taste for
... of the old wharf.” Davidson didn't like to take his steamer alongside— for fear of
being indiscreet, I suppose; but he steered ^lose inshore, stopped his engines,
and lowered a boat. He went himself in that boat, which was manned, of 5o VI ...
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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
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