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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Hardly enough to knock a man on the head for from behind, I must confess; but
that the skipper had a narrow escape, the governor himself could not deny
afterwards.” “Do you want me to understand, sir, that you mind there being one
life more ...
Not that we expected to see much of the schooner, but it was just as well to make
certain, if possible; and then it was cooler out of the woods, in the breeze. Well,
the governor was there right enough, lying comfortable on a rug, where he could
At that time we had only one revolver between us two—the governor's sixshooter,
but loaded only in five chambers; and we had no more cartridges. He had left the
box behind in a drawer in his cabin. Awkward ! I had nothing but an old ...
You saw the beauty's neck, didn't you? Hard as iron, too. Down we both went.
Seeing this the governor puts his revolver in his pocket. “'Tie his legs together, sir,
I yell. “I'm trying to strangle him.' “There was a lot of their fibre-lines lying about.
“'I might have shot you, says the governor, quite concerned. “'But you are glad to
have saved a cartridge, sir, I tell him. “My jump did save it. It wouldn't have done
to let him get away in the dark like that, and have the beauty dodging around in ...
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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