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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I wondered where he had gone to—but now I know. He vanished from my ken
only to drift into this adventure that, unavoidable, waited for him in a world which
he persisted in looking upon as a malevolent shadow spinning in the sunlight.
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
He let himself go for the mere relief of violent speech, his elbows planted on the
table, his eyes bloodshot, his voice nearly gone, the brim of his round pith hat
shading an unshaven, livid face. His white clothes, which he had not taken off for
patrons—whispered mysteriously to the mixed company assembled on the
verandah: “The spider and the fly just gone by, gentlemen.” Then, very important
and confidential, his thick paw at the side of his mouth: “We are among ourselves;
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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