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 ...
Our invasion must have displeased him because he got off the chairs brusquely
and walked out leaving with me an indelibly weird impression of his thin shanks.
One of the men with me said that the fellow was the most desperate gambler he ...
Thus, unchecked by any sort of self-consciousness, Heyst walked up the central
pasSage. Several of the women, by this time, had found anchorage here and
there among the occupied tables. They talked to the men, leaning on their elbows
He had walked almost unwittingly into the straggling group of Zangiacomo's
performers. It was a shock to him, on coming out of his brown study, to find the girl
so near him, as if one waking suddenly should see the figure of his dream turned
And the contrast with the feminine form he had ever in his mind's eye made his
wife's appearance painful to his esthetic sense. Schomberg walked about
swearing and fuming for the purpose of screwing his courage up to the sticking
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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