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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First the capital evaporates, and then the company goes into liquidation. These
are very unnatural physics, but they account for the persistent inertia of Heyst, at
which we “out there” used to laugh among ourselves—but not inimically. An inert
... badly hurt. We can promise him that, can't we, Martin?” The secretary retracted
his lips and looked up sharply at Schomberg, as if only too anxious to leap upon
him with teeth and claws. Schomberg managed to produce a deep laugh ...
Schomberg tapped the floor angrily with his foot and uttered an indistinct,
laughing curse. “What do you mean by flinging that damned trouble at my head?”
he cried. “I wish you would carry her off with you somewhere to the devil! I wouldn
't run ...
Mind! Don't let him go below till I return.' “I could not help asking why he told me
to rouse a sleeping man, when we wanted everybody on board to sleep sweetly
till we got clear of the schooner. He laughs a little and says that I didn't see all the
Laugh! I don't know what there was so funny about it, but I fairly shouted. What
between my laughing and his wriggling, I had a job in cutting him free. As soon
as he could feel his limbs he makes for the bank, where the governor was
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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