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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Joseph Conrad. TO PER CEVAL - A N D M A ISIE GI B B O N NOTE TO THE
FIRST EDITION HE last word of this.
NOTE TO THE FIRST EDITION HE last word of this novel was written on the 29th
of May, 1914. And that last word was the single word of the title. Those were the
times of peace. Now that the Imoment of publication approaches I have been ...
... brave words expressing the truth of an indomitable faith could not but feel the
edge of a sharp knife at its throat. The unchanging Man of history is wonderfully
adaptable cloth by his power of endurance and in his capacity for detachment.
Often in the course of years an expressed sentiment, the particular sense of a
phrase heard casually, would recall him to my mind so that I have fastened on to
him many words heard on other men's lips and belonging to other men's less ...
Upon my word, the only thing I heard him say which might have had a bearing on
the point was his invitation to old McNab himself. Turning with that finished
courtesy of attitude, movement, voice, which was his obvious characteristic, 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