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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For the most part he lay on deck aft as it were at my feet, and raising himself from
time to time on his elbow would talk about himself and go on talking, not exactly
to me or even at me (he would not even look up but kept his eyes fixed on the ...
islands talking of a “great stride forward for these regions.” The convinced wave
of the hand which accompanied the phrase suggested tropical distances being
impelled onward. In connection with the finished courtesy of his manner, it was ...
... of a prince addressing another prince on a private occasion: “What an
unexpected pleasure. Would you have any objection to drink something with me
in that infamous wine-shop over there? The sun is really too strong to talk in the
... like this, it was natural Later in the day, the fine paid, and the two of them on
board the brig, from which the guard had been removed, Morrison—who, besides
being a gentleman, was also an honest fellow—began to talk about repayment.
The T. B. C. Co. went into liquidation, as I began by telling you. The Tesmans
washed their hands of it. The Government cancelled those famous contracts. The
talk died out, and pres– ently it was remarked here and there that Heyst had
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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