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 never saw him again because I believe he went straight on board a mail-boat
which left within the hour for other ports of call in the direction of Aspinall. Mr.
Jones's characteristic insolence belongs to another man of a quite different type.
... of months afterwards, have fixed my conception of blind, furious, unreasoning
rage, as manifested in the human animal, to the end of my days. Of the nigger I
used to dream for years afterwards. Of Pedro never. The impression was less
But he never did that. Afraid of mosquitoes, very likely. Neither was he ever
tempted by the silence to address any casual remarks to the companion glow of
the volcano. He was not mad. Queer chap—yes, that may have been said, and in
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 ...
Morrison never had any spare cash in hand. With his system of trading it would
have been strange if he had; and all these debts entered in the pocketbook
weren't good enough to raise a milrei on—let alone a shilling. The Portuguese
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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
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