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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His eyes were green, and to this day every cat I see reminds me of the exact
contour of his face. What he was travelling for or what was his business in life he
never confided to me. Truth to say the only passenger on board that schooner
Then he who has become Ricardo in the book would go below into that beastly
and noisome hole, remain there mysteriously, and coming up on deck again with
a face on which nothing could be read, would as likely as not resume for my ...
He showed these willingly, but was very reserved as to anything else. He had
had an “amusing time,” he said A man who will go to New Guinea for fun—well!
Later, years afterward, when the last vestiges of youth had gone off his face and
had gone off his face and all the hair off the top of his head, and his red-gold pair
of horizontal moustaches had grown to really noble proportions, a certain
disreputable white man fastened upon him an epithet. Putting down with a
In the face of this passion Heyst made, with his eyebrows, a slight motion of
surprise which would not have been misplaced in a drawing-room. Morrison's
despairing reserve had broken down. He had been wandering with a dry throat
all over ...
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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