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 same observation will apply mutatis mutandis to Mr. Jones, who is built on a
much slenderer connection. Mr. Jones (or whatever his name was) did not drift
away from me. He turned his back on me and walked out of the room. It was in a ...
All the time he kept one ear turned to the cuddy in the manner of a devoted
servant, but I had the idea that in some. way or other he had imposed the
connection on the invalid for some end of his own. The reader therefore won't be
surprised to ...
... was in something of the jack-ashore spirit that I dropped a fivefranc piece into
the sauceboat; whereupon the sleepwalker turned her head to gaze at me and
said “Merci, Monsieur,” in a tone in which there was no gratitude but only surprise
Turning with that finished courtesy of attitude, movement, voice, which was his
obvious characteristic, he had said with delicate playfulness: “Come along and
quench your thirst with us, Mr. McNab l'' Perhaps that was it. A man who could ...
One day Heyst turned up in Timor. Why in Timor, of all places in the world, no one
knows. Well, he was mooning about Delli, that highly pestilential place, possibly
in search of some undiscovered facts, when he came in the street upon ...
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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
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