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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The reader therefore won't be surprised to hear that one morning I was told
without any particular emotion by the padrone of the schooner that the “Rich man
” down there was dead: He had died. in the night. I don't remember ever being so
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 ...
“Upon my word, I don't know why I have been telling you all this. I suppose
seeing a thoroughly white man made it impossible to keep my trouble to myself.
Words can't do it justice; but since I've told you so much I may as well tell you
“He, a baron? Get along with you!” For my part I haven't the slightest doubt that he
was. While he was still drifting amongst the islands, enigmatical and disregarded
like an insignificant ghost, he told me so himself on a certain occasion. It was a ...
... went ashore in a small boat. Heyst, right enough. Put a book into his pocket,
always very polite. Been strolling on the wharf and reading. I remain in
possession here,” he told | Captain Davidson. What I want to know is what he
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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