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Among his early works are Outcast of the Islands (1896), The Nigger of the
Narcissus (1897), Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Typhoon (1903). The
writing of his later period includes The Secret Agent (1907), Chance (1914), and
It was in a little hotel in the Island of St. Thomas in the West Indies (in the year '75
) where we found him one hot afternoon extended on three chairs, all alone in the
loud buzzing of flies to which his immobility and his cadaverous aspect gave a ...
Every one in that part of the world knew him, dwelling on his little island. An
island is but the top of a mountain. Axel Heyst, perched on it immovably, was
surrounded, instead of the imponderable stormy and transparent ocean of air
There was a coal-mine there, with an outcrop in the hillside less than five
hundred yards from the rickety wharf and the imposing blackboard. The
company's object had been to get hold of all the outcrops on tropical islands and
exploit them ...
I met a man once— the manager of the branch of the Oriental Banking
Corporation in Malacca— to whom Heyst exclaimed, in no connection with
anything in particular (it was in the billiard-room of the club) : "I am enchanted
with these islands!
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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