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PDF ò BOOK An Island Tale FREE Ó Axel Heyst a dreamer and a restless drifter believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others Then he becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago and when it fails he turns his back on humanity once But his life alters when he rescues a young EnglishStruggles to save Heyst from the detachment and isolation that have inhibited and influenced his lifeMarked by a violent and tragic conclusion Victory is both a tale of rescue and adventure and a perceptive study of a complex relationship and of the power of love Although dreamlike this was a delicious journey through the dilemmas of existence and fate I started this novel with no expectations as I often have recoiled from Conrad's works in the past However after reading his The Secret Sharer and Falk A Reminiscence recently I had become a bit curious His language is different in its swirls and syntax at the same time as he attempts to describe layers of the psychology of his characters intertwined with the pulsations of nature It is charming in its own uniue way The destinies of the Swede Heyst and Lena unfold in conjunction with the waves wind the blazing heat of the tropics and the seemingly majestic force of the trees plants and insects surrounding them Human lives seem to matter less in this almost eternal setting of nature but Conrad yet attempts to focus on the patterns of existence and motivation as different lives intersect The I read the curious I became about Joseph Conrad as he seemingly occupies his own uniue niche with his writing style as well as themes As the pages unfolded I became engaged and appreciated the novel and Is this work about love fate or civilization and its discontents? Or perhaps a combination of all and ultimately a reflection of aspects of our own inner lives and dreams? Stellar

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Once But his life alters when he rescues a young English girl Lena from Zangiacomo's Ladies' Orchestra and the evil innkeeper Schomberg taking her to his island retreat The affair between Heyst and Lena begins with her release but the relationship shifts as Lena What is this for story? I have completed it and I still do not know Is it a tale of adventure? If that is what Conrad meant it to be it moves too slowly All of the action takes place at the end Is it a romance a love story? It cannot be classified as such either The characters are too aloof too lukewarm toward each other Is it meant to be a character study? Perhaps but I felt not a thing toward any of the characters neither the primary nor the secondary ones An attachment develops between the expatriate London raised Swede Axel Heyst and Lena an orphaned and destitute fiddle player Axel lives as a hermit on a small island in the Java Sea where he had been manager of a coal company which has gone bust Lena is one of an eighteen strong women’s orchestra mistreated and bullied by the group’s owner and conductor They are shipped from port to port as cattle as things at the whim of their boss They are to “please” the men at the shows Now they are playing at a hotel in Surabaya on Java which was at this time a Dutch colony The story covers the period from October 1912 to 1914 These are the two central characters The story evolves around them but I doubt any reader will care a fig for either There are a handful of secondary characters a hotel keeper named Schomberg and a trio of three scoundrels who visit the hotel It is at this hotel where the women’s orchestra is playing One of the scoundrels a Caribbean alligator hunter is drawn as a hirsute beast The lead figure of the trio abhors women all women Readers are t o l d of these characters’ peculiar traits but why they are as they are is not explained Are they put in the story for shock value? For excitement? Because this is intended as an adventure tale? Probably No I do not think we are to analyze these figures What they do doesn’t make sense Information is lacking At least Schomberg’s hatred toward Axel should have been explained so readers get a better grip on the events that followWang is another secondary figure in the tale He works for Axel Now I know that racism was commonplace during the colonial era One might say that Conrad is simply depicting what did exist In Conrad’s telling Chinamen are referred to as chinks and Blacks as niggers Always and many times There is not the slightest hint that indicates the author sees this as wrong Not everyone of the early 1900s was racist I find this aspect of the writing revolting It disturbed me than I thought it would The author’s nonchalance disgusts meFinally I also dislike the prose style It is wordy It is too fancy too grandiose A writer must fit the prose to the story told This is not done hereSo maybe this story is meant to be a romance an adventure tale and a character study a mix of all three The problem is that none is done well in any case not to my likingDavid McCallion narrates the audiobook He dramatizes but not in excess You can hear what is said There is too much of an uppity English twang for my liking I have given the narration two stars It’s OK Typhoon 4 starsHeart of Darkness and Other Tales 3 starsA Personal Record 3 starsVictory 1 starUnder Western Eyes TBRLord Jim TBRThe Secret Agent TBRThe Nigger of the Narcissus maybe

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An Island TaleAxel Heyst a dreamer and a restless drifter believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others Then he becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago and when it fails he turns his back on humanity Victory by Joseph Conrad is a dark psychological thriller Like all of Conrad’s work his mastery of the English language is immediately evident and he uses descriptive language of which DH Lawrence would be envious especially when describing the villains Victory is also reminiscent of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and in turn may have influenced Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita Conrad created two of the most devilish animalistic and brutish villains that ever plagued a story and are as bad as characters from Dickey or McCarthy Additionally Victory displays some of the most complex characterizations of Conrad’s bibliography A careful student of Conrad’s work can see shades of Kurtz in Mr Jones As with many of Conrad’s writings this deals with isolation world weariness and distinctions between “civilized” and “native” societies and the ironies of atypical behaviors in each Between the antagonists there is a recurring theme of tame versus untamed actions It seems that fans of Conrad generally fall into two camps those who choose as their favorite Heart of Darkness and those who would select Lord Jim I am definitively in the Heart of Darkness group though I recognize the power of Lord Jim F Scott Fitzgerald said of Nostromo that if he could have written but one book he would have wanted that book to be Nostromo Victory though it deals with many common themes of Conrad’s work is a uniue work in his canon and has a charm all its own and I could see where someone could say that it is his or her favorite