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The unchanging Man of history is wonderfully adaptable cloth by his power of
endurance and in his capacity for detachment. The fact seems to be that the play
of his destiny is too great for his fears and too mysterious for his understanding.
blood individual who stands behind the infinitely more familiar figure of the book I
remember as a mysterious Swede right enough. Whether he was a baron, too, I
am not so certain. He himself never laid a claim to that distinction.
The world of finance is a mysterious world in which, incredible as the fact may
appear, evaporation precedes liquidation. First the capital evaporates, and then
the company goes into liquidation. These are very unnatural physics, but they ...
Most of the places he traded with were unknown not only to geography but also
to the traders' special lore which is transmitted by word of mouth, without
ostentation, and forms the stock of mysterious local knowledge. It was hinted also
... rumour sprang out that Heyst, having obtained some mysterious hold on
Morrison, had fastened himself on him and was sucking him dry. Those who had
traced these mutters back to their origin were very careful not to believe them.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DanielSTJ - www.librarything.com
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 - LibraryThing
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