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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She sat there in the smoke and noise, like an enthroned idol, smiling stupidly
over the billiards from time to time, speaking to no one, and no one speaking to
her. Schomberg himself took no more interest in her than may be implied in a
One was inclined to think of her as an It—an automaton, a very plain dummy, with
an arrangement for bowing the head at times and smiling stupidly now and then.
Davidson viewed her profile with a flattened nose, a hollow cheek, and one ...
He confronted our open grins or quiet smiles with a serious round face. Heyst
had taken the girl away to Samburan; and that was no joking matter. The
loneliness, the ruins of the spot, had impressed Davidson's simple soul. They
The speaker laughed aloud, while all the others sat smiling. Davidson stopped. “
Yes, rather.” His feelings were, he told us, those of bewildered resignation; but of
course that was no more visible to the others than the emotions of a turtle when it
I don't know whether it was his delicacy or his obesity which prevented Davidson
from clambering upon the wharf. He stood up in the boat, and, above him, Heyst
stooped low with urbane smiles, thanking him and apologizing for the liberty, ...
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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