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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The windows must be specially well shuttered, because I could not spy the
smallest gleam of light from that direction; but I can't believe that those beggars
would go in there only to sit and think of their sins in the dark.” “That's strange.
The concert was over; the audience had gone; the concert-hall was dark; and
even the Pavilion, where the ladies' orchestra slept after its noisy labours,
showed not a gleam of light. Heyst suddenly felt restless in all his limbs. As this
... the gleam of her teeth within. “And then I won't be any good,” she added with
conviction. “That I won't! I can only be what you think I am.” He made a slight
movement. She put her hand on his arm, without raising her head, and went on,
... and the girl apart as long as possible, Mr. Jones received the suggestion
without the slightest stir, even in the deep sockets of his eyes, where a steady,
faint gleam was the only thing telling of life and attention in his attenuated body.
The darkness of the forest at night, and in it the gleam of a lantern, by which a
figure is digging at the foot of a tree-trunk. As likely as not, another figure holding
that lantern—ha, feminine! The girl! The prudent Ricardo stifled a picturesque
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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