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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Our invasion must have displeased him because he got off the chairs brusquely
and walked out leaving with me an indelibly weird impression of his thin shanks.
One of the men with me said that the fellow was the most desperate gambler he ...
“Queer chap, that Swede,” was his only comment; but this is the origin of the
name “Enchanted Heyst” which some fellows fastened on our man. He also had
other names. In his early years, long before he got so becomingly bald on the top,
... like this, it was natural Later in the day, the fine paid, and the two of them on
board the brig, from which the guard had been removed, Morrison—who, besides
being a gentleman, was also an honest fellow—began to talk about repayment.
As a matter of fact, many of us did not hear of this death till months afterward—
from Schomberg, who disliked Heyst gratuitously and made up a piece of sinister
whispered gossip: “That's what comes of having anything to do with that fellow.
A fellow like that for manager? Phoo!” Was it the clairvoyance of imbecile hatred,
or mere stupid tenacity of opinion, which ends sometimes by scoring against the
world in a most astonishing manner? Most of us can remember instances of ...
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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