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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He had no real inkling of what it meant, till Heyst said definitely: “I can lend you
the amount.” “You have the money?” whispered Morrison. “Do you mean here, in
your pocket?” “Yes, on me. Glad to be of use.” Morrison, staring open-mouthed, ...
While he was staring at the poster, a door somewhere at his back opened, and a
woman came in who was looked upon as Schomberg's wife, no doubt with truth.
As somebody remarked cynically once, she was too unattractive to be anything ...
To this she said nothing; and as she kept on staring fixedly in front of her, her
silence disconcerted DavidBon. It looked as if she had not heard him—which was
impossible. Perhaps she drew the line of speech at the expression of opinions.
Davidson viewed her profile with a flattened nose, a hollow cheek, and one
staring, unwinking, goggle eye. He asked himself: Did that speak just now? Will it
speak again? It was as exciting, for the mere wonder of it, as trying to converse
with a ...
The girl received this overture with the wide, motionless stare of profound
astonishment. Heyst, vexed with himself, suspected that she did not understand
what he said. One could not tell what nationality these women were, except that
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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