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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“I never see him,” Davidson had to confess to his owner, who would peer at him
silently through round, horn-rimmed spectacles, several sizes too large for his
little old face. “I never see him.” To me, on occasions, he would say: “I haven't a ...
Davidson stood wiping his wet neck and face on what Schomberg called “the
piazza.” Several doors opened on to it, but all the screens were down. Not a soul
was in sight, not even a China boy—nothing but a lot of painted iron chairs and ...
He confronted our open grins or quiet smiles with a serious round face. Heyst
had taken the girl away to Samburan; and that was no joking matter. The
loneliness, the ruins of the spot, had impressed Davidson's simple soul. They
Even if he had run off with your cash-box 5 * The big hotel-keeper bent down and
put his infuriated face close to Davidson's. “My cash-box! My—he—look here,
Captain Davidson 1 He ran off with a girl. What do I care for the girl? The girl is ...
Was she anything out of the way? Was she pretty? She couldn't have been
markedly so. She had not attracted special notice. She was young—on that
everybody agreed. The English clerk of Tesmans remembered that she had a
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Axel Heist, a profound skeptic, lives in solitude on an island in the South Seas. His aloofness mystifies some and angers others, but no one invades his island or his moral self-sufficiency. When he ... Read full review
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I like Conrad, and this was no exception. The story is typically Conradian in pondering big moral issues. It examines if we are able to escape the society and live far away from the evils of this ... Read full review