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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It appears that he stayed with a Dutch government doctor in Amboyna, a friend of
his who looked after him for a bit in his bungalow. He became visible again rather
suddenly, his eyes sunk in his head, and with a sort of guarded attitude, as if ...
There's no more romantic temperament on earth than the temperament of a
company promoter. Engineers came out, coolies were imported, bungalows were
put up on Samburan, a gallery driven into the hillside, and actually some coal got
The couple lived at the edge of the forest, and she could sometimes be seen
gazing towards the bungalow shading her eyes with her hand. Even from a
distance she appeared to be a shy, wild creature, and Heyst, anxious not to try
Subsequently some of them—those that did not belong to the storerooms and the
empty bungalows, and could not be regarded as the common property of this
community of two—were returned to Heyst, tied in a bunch with a piece of string.
11 DURING his master's absence at Sourabaya, Wang had busied himself with
the ground immediately in front of the principal bungalow. Emerging from the
fringe of grass growing across the shore end of the coal-jetty, Heyst beheld a
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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