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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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 the habit of asserting
His most frequent visitors were shadows, the shadows of clouds, relieving the
monotony of the inanimate, brooding sunshine of the tropics. His nearest
neighbour—I am speaking now of things showing some sort of animation—was
an indolent ...
... fences in the sheen of long grass, something like an overgrown bit of road
slanting among ragged thickets towards the shore only a couple of hundred
yards away, with a black jetty and a mound of some sort, quite inky on its
And perhaps it was some sort of enchantment. There are more spells than your
commonplace magicians ever dreamed of. Roughly speaking, a circle with a
radius of eight hundred miles drawn round a point in North Borneo was in Heyst's
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
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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
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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