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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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
and the cobbler at his stall stick to his last in undisturbed confidence in the virtues
The reader need not be told that I have not forgotten him, though. My contact with
the faithful Pedro was much shorter and my observation of him was less complete
but incomparably more anxious. It ended in a sudden inspiration to get out of ...
It seems to me but natural that those three buried in a corner of my memory
should suddenly get out into the light of the world—so natural that I offer no
excuse for their existence. They were there, they had to come out; and this is a
... of the branch of the Oriental Banking Corporation in Malacca—to whom Heyst
exclaimed, in no connection with anything in particular (it was in the billiardroom
of the club): - “I am enchanted with these islands!” He shot it out suddenly ...
He looked with sudden disfavour at that noble forehead, at those great martial
moustaches, at the tired eyes of the man sitting opposite him. Who the devil was
he? What was he, Morrison, doing there, talking like this? Morrison knew no more
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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