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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Often in the course of years an expressed sentiment, the particular sense of a
phrase heard casually, would recall him to my mind so that I have fastened on to
him many words heard on other men's lips and belonging to other men's less ...
What he seemed mostly concerned for was the “stride forward,” as he expressed
it, in the general organisation of the universe, apparently, He was heard by more
than a hundred persons in the islands talking of a “great stride forward for these ...
If so, they were failures. The enchantment must have been an unbreakable one.
The manager—the man who heard the exclamation—had been so impressed by
the tone, fervour, rapture, what you will, or perhaps by the incongruity of it that he
Upon my word, the only thing I heard him say which might have had a bearing on
the point was his invitation to old McNab himself. Turning with that finished
courtesy of attitude, movement, voice, which was his obvious characteristic, he
“I have no connection with the supernatural,” said Heyst graciously, moving on. “
Nobody has sent me. I just happened along.” “I know better,” contradicted
Morrison. “I may be unworthy, but I have been heard. I know it. I feel VICTORY 15.
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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