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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... matter of proportion. There should have been a remedy for that sort of thing.
And yet there is no remedy. Behind this minute instance of life's hazards Heyst
sees the power of blind destiny. Besides, Heyst in his fine detachment had lost
... a fellow passenger of mine on board an extremely small and extremely dirty
little schooner, during a four days' passage between two places in the Gulf of
Mexico whose names don't matter. For the most part he lay on deck aft as it were
As it fell calm in the course of the afternoon and continued calm during all that
night and the terrible, flaming day, the late “Rich man” had to be thrown
overboard at sunset, though as a matter of fact we were in sight Df the low,
Some said he was a partner, others said he was a sort of paying guest, but the
real truth of the matter was more complex. One day Heyst turned up in Timor.
Why in Timor, of all places in the world, no one knows. Well, he was mooning
As a matter of fact, many of us did not hear of this death till months afterward—
from Schomberg, who disliked Heyst gratuitously and made up a piece of sinister
whispered gossip: “That's what comes of having anything to do with that fellow.
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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