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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play of his destiny is too great for his fears and too mysterious for his
understanding. Were the trump of the Last Judgment to sound suddenly on a
working day the musician at his piano would go on with his performance of
Beethoven's Sonata ...
The flesh and blood individual who stands behind the infinitely more familiar
figure of the book I remember as a mysterious Swede right enough. Whether he
was a baron, too, I am not so certain. He himself never laid a claim to that
The world of finance is a mysterious world in which, incredible as the fact may
appear, evaporation precedes liquidation. First the capital evaporates, and then
the company goes into liquidation. These are very unnatural physics, but they ...
Most of the places he traded with were unknown not only to geography but also
to the traders' special lore which is transmitted by word of mouth, without
ostentation, and forms the stock of mysterious local knowledge. It was hinted also
A rumour sprang out that Heyst, having obtained some mysterious hold on
Morrison, had fastened himself on him and was sucking him dry. Those who had
traced these mutters back to their origin were very careful not to believe them.
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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