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 don't remember ever being so moved by the desolate end of a complete
stranger. I looked down the skylight, and there was the devoted Martin busy
cording cowhide trunks belonging to the deceased whose white beard and
hooked nose ...
If of all the personages involved in the “mystery of Samburan” I have lived longest
with Heyst (or with him I call Heyst) it was at her, whom I call Lena, that I have
looked the longest and with a most sustained attention. This attention Criginated
He was tall and lantern-jawed, and clean-shaven, and looked like a barrister who
had thrown his wig to the dogs. We used to remonstrate with him: “You will never
see any of your advances if you go on like this, Morrison.” He would put on a ...
Being hailed across the street he looked up with a wild worried expression. He
was really in trouble. He had come the week before into Delli, and the
Portuguese authorities, on some pretence of irregularity in his papers, had
inflicted a fine ...
He looked with sudden disfavour at that noble forehead, at those great martial
moustaches, at the tired eyes of the man sitting opposite him. Who the devil was
he? What was he, Morrison, doing there, talking like this? Morrison knew no more
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DanielSTJ - www.librarything.com
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cecrow - www.librarything.com
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