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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... that other one so many miles away. : In a sense, the volcano was company to
him in the shades of the night—which were often too thick, one would think, to let
a breath of air through. There was seldom enough wind to blow a feather along.
He was like a feather floating lightly in the work-aday atmosphere which was the
breath of our nostrils. For this reason whenever this looker-on took contact with
things he attracted attention. First, it was the Morrison partnership of mystery; then
What did you want to speak to me for? I don't care what it is, but you must do
something.” Her attitude was fierce and entreating at the same time —clamorous,
in fact, though her voice had hardly risen above a breath. It was clamorous
... time running his hotel, people think; and yet it seems to me I would just as soon
let you rip me open and burn the whole show as not. There!” A low whistle was
heard. It came from Ricardo, and was derisive. Schomberg, breathing heavily ...
At the mention of the fly, he re-enforced the severe dignity of his attitude as one
inflates a collapsing toy balloon with a great effort of breath. The easygoing,
relaxed attitude of Ricardo was really appalling. “That's so,” he went on. “I am that
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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