Lord Jim & Nostromo (Modern Library (Paperback))

Lord Jim Nostromo Modern Library Paperback WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT D KAPLANCOMMENTARY BY VIRGINIA WOOLF HAROLD BLOOM EDWARD SAID F R LEAVIS AND ROBERT PENN WARREN Never were Mr Conrad s felicity of phrase and charm of atmosphere o

  • Title: Lord Jim & Nostromo (Modern Library (Paperback))
  • Author: Joseph Conrad Robert D. Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780375754890
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT D KAPLANCOMMENTARY BY VIRGINIA WOOLF, HAROLD BLOOM, EDWARD SAID,F R LEAVIS, AND ROBERT PENN WARREN Never were Mr Conrad s felicity of phrase and charm of atmosphere obvious A book of the rare literary quality of Lord Jim is something to receive with gratitude and joy The New York TimesOriginally published in 1900WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT D KAPLANCOMMENTARY BY VIRGINIA WOOLF, HAROLD BLOOM, EDWARD SAID,F R LEAVIS, AND ROBERT PENN WARREN Never were Mr Conrad s felicity of phrase and charm of atmosphere obvious A book of the rare literary quality of Lord Jim is something to receive with gratitude and joy The New York TimesOriginally published in 1900, Lord Jim is one of Joseph Conrad s most complex literary masterpieces The story of a young sailor whose moment of cowardice haunts him for the rest of his life, Lord Jim explores Conrad s lifelong obsessions with the nature of guilt and the possibility of redemption Nostromo is considered by many to be Conrad s supreme achievement, and Conrad himself referred to Nostromo as his widest canvas Set in the fictitious South American republic of Costaguana, Nostromo reveals the effects that misguided idealism, unparalleled greed, and imperialist interests can have on a fledging nation V S Pritchett wrote Nostromo is the most strikingly modern of Conrad s novels It is pervaded by a profound, even morbid sense of insecurity which is the very spirit of our age Robert D Kaplan s Introduction explains why the two novels together form Conrad s darkest glimpse into the flawed nature of humankindSEPH CONRAD 1857 1924 grew up amid political unrest in Russian occupied Poland After twenty years at sea in the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894 Over the next three decades, he revolutionized the English novel with works such as Youth 1902 , Heart of Darkness 1902 , Typhoon 1903 , The Secret Agent 1907 , Under Western Eyes 1911 , Chance 1913 , and Victory 1915 BERT D KAPLAN is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and the author of seven books of travel and foreign affairs that have been translated into a dozen languages, including Balkan Ghosts, The Ends of the Earth, and An Empire Wilderness, all bestsellers, and a collection of essays, The Coming Anarchy He lectures frequently to the U.S military.

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  • Joseph Conrad Robert D. Kaplan

    Joseph Conrad born J zef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was a Polish born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner He then began to work aboard British ships, learning English from his shipmates He was made a Master Mariner, and served than sixteen years before an event inspired him to try his hand at writing.He was hired to take a steamship into Africa, and according to Conrad, the experience of seeing firsthand the horrors of colonial rule left him a changed man Joseph Conrad settled in England in 1894, the year before he published his first novel He was deeply interested in a small number of writers both in French and English whose work he studied carefully This was useful when, because a need to come to terms with his experience, lead him to write Heart of Darkness, in 1899, which was followed by other fictionalized explorations of his life.He has been lauded as one of the most powerful, insightful, and disturbing novelists in the English canon despite coming to English later in life, which allowed him to combine it with the sensibilities of French, Russian, and Polish literature.

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  • "I think this is one of Conrad's finest novels, on the same level as Nostromo (I should let it be known that, unlike most people, I found Nostromo and Lord Jim to be better than The Secret Agent and Heart of Darkness). Conrad created a very interesting, complicated character in "Lord" Jim, a man with intense inner struggles. It is compelling reading because while Jim suffers from feelings of regret and moral inferiority, he displays a convincingly strong external appearance. The reader learns th [...]


  • I read this about the time the Peter O'Toole movie version came out. My older brother was reading the book for a college course and left a copy laying around. I picked it up and was enthralled by the story. That English was Conrad's second language (his first: Polish) has always amazed me. Later, I would read Nostromo, following a lead in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. Nostromo has the whole western imperialism thing down; you can see America's follies in Vietnam and the Middle East written [...]


  • The ever fascinating tale of yearning towards heroism, shame and the heroism that arises from shame--Lord Jim. More beautiful writing you won't hope to read for a long time.



  • Frustrating difficult for me to stick with, for whatever reason, and consistently goes from my "currently reading" list to my "to-read" list. Make of that what you will.



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