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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It became manifest to me less than two minutes after I had set eyes on him for the
first time, and though immensely surprised of course I didn't stop to think it out. I
took the nearest short cut—through the wall. This bestial apparition and a certain
Morrison didn't understand. This was one of those things that don't happen—
unheard of things. He had no real inkling of what it meant, till Heyst said definitely
: “I can lend you the amount.” “You have the money?” whispered Morrison. “Do
and a pair of great dazzling wings to sprout on the Swede's shoulders—and didn'
t want to miss a single detail of the transformation. But if Heyst was an angel from
on high, sent in answer to prayer, he did not betray his heavenly origin by ...
I didn't go ashore with them. We didn't stay more than a couple of hours
altogether. Landed two thousand cocoanuts and cleared out. I have agreed to
pick him up again on my next trip in twenty days' time.” V DAVIDSON happened
to be two ...
Of course, he didn't care. He wanted to see whether the mechanism would work
again. It did. It said they were not. They were of all sorts, apparently. It paused,
with the one goggle eye immovably gazing down the whole length of the room
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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