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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Axel Heyst was also a smoker; and when he lounged out on his verandah with
his cheroot, the last thing before going to bed, he made in the night the same sort
of glow and of the same size as that other one so many miles away. : In a sense ...
... for silly gossip at the cost of his customers. It was he who, one evening, as
Morrison and Heyst went past the hotel—they were not his regular patrons—
whispered mysteriously to the mixed company assembled on the verandah: 18
patrons—whispered mysteriously to the mixed company assembled on the
verandah: “The spider and the fly just gone by, gentlemen.” Then, very important
and confidential, his thick paw at the side of his mouth: “We are among ourselves;
Footsteps and voices resounded on the verandah —I beg pardon, the piazza; the
scraping of chairs, the ping of a smitten bell. Customers were turning up. Mrs.
Schomberg was begging Davidson hurriedly, but without looking at him, to say ...
Davidson stepped out on the verandah. The party of customers there had
become aware of the explosive interlude in the doorway. Davidson knew one of
these men, and nodded to him in passing; but his acquaintance called out: “Isn't
he in a ...
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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