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 was in a little hotel in the Island of St. Thomas in the West Indies (in the year '75
) where we found him one hot afternoon extended on three chairs, all alone in the
loud buzzing of flies to which his immobility and his cadaverous aspect gave a ...
Do you mean chairs and tables?” Davidson asked with unconcealed
astonishment. Heyst did mean that. “My poor father died in London, It has been
all stored there ever since,” he explained. “For all these years?” exclaimed
Davidson, thinking ...
Not a soul was in sight, not even a China boy—nothing but a lot of painted iron
chairs and tables. Solitude, shade, and gloomy silence—and a faint, treacherous
breeze which came from under the trees and quite unexpectedly caused the ...
Footsteps and voices resounded on the verandah —I beg pardon, the piazza; the
scraping of chairs, the ping of a smitten bell. Customers were turning up. Mrs.
Schomberg was begging Davidson hurriedly, but without looking at him, to say ...
He ordered another drink, to get the Chinaman out of the room, and then seized
the parcel, which was reposing on a chair near him, and with no more than a
mutter—“This is something of yours”—he rammed it swiftly into a recess in the ...
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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