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by Joseph Conrad

  • ISBN: 1420929712
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 264
  • ePub book: 1423 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1652 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 107

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A tale of the seaboard.

A tale of the seaboard. A Tale of the Seaboard. ISBN 978-1-775414-41-4. I don't mean to say that I became then conscious of any impending change in my mentality and in my attitude towards the tasks of my writing life.

Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature

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Insistently dramatic in its storytelling, spectacular in its recreation of the subtropical landscape, this picture of an insurrectionary society and the opportunities it provides for moral corruption gleams on every page with its author's dry, undeceived, impeccable intelligence.

Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)Conrad's foresight and his ability to pluck the human adventure from complex historical circumstances were such that his greatest novel, Nostromo - though nearly one hundred years ol. .

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Joseph Conrad, English author of Polish descent whose works include the novel Lord Jim and the short story Heart of.During his lifetime Conrad was admired for the richness of his prose and his renderings of dangerous life at sea and in exotic places

Joseph Conrad, English author of Polish descent whose works include the novel Lord Jim and the short story Heart of Darkness. During his lifetime Conrad was admired for the richness of his prose and his renderings of dangerous life at sea and in exotic places. But his initial reputation as a masterful teller of colourful adventures of the sea masked his fascination with the individual when faced with nature’s invariable unconcern, man’s frequent malevolence, and his inner battles with good and evil. To Conrad, the sea meant above all the tragedy of loneliness.

More books by Joseph Conrad. Nostromo is indeed a great book, but one that requires to be taken on its own merits. Approach it with no preconceptions, and stick with it for the first hundred or so pages. Things happen slowly at first, but then all hell breaks loose. And the most heroic event of all, Nostromo's famous ride to Cayta to hook up with the troops of General Barrios, is seen only in retrospect. Finally, we see into Nostromo's own mind - and what we see is what the silver of the mine has done to him. Upvote (0).

Joseph Conrad was an author who is remembered for novels like 'Heart of Darkness,' which drew on his experience . Did You Know? Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness inspired Francis Ford Coppola's film Apocalypse Now. Place of Birth. Berdichev (now Berdychiv), Ukraine.

Joseph Conrad was an author who is remembered for novels like 'Heart of Darkness,' which drew on his experience as a mariner and addressed profound themes of nature and existence.

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Set in the fictitious mining town of Sulaco, a port city in the imaginary country of Costaguana, "Nostromo" is widely considered as one of Joseph Conrad's best works. It is the story of Senõr Gould, an English expatriate who owns the silver-mining concession in the country. When the country becomes engulfed in increasing political turmoil, Senõr Gould charges Nostromo, his trusted head longshoreman, with the duty of hiding his silver so that it does not fall into the hands of his political enemies. "Nostromo" is a classic tale of the power of money, its ability to corrupt and the turmoil that this corruption can create.

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Qusicam Qusicam
While it is mostly thanks to _Heart of Darkness_ (1899) that Conrad secured a place for himself in the canon, most critics cite _Nostromo_ (1904) as his masterpiece. Having grown up in Latin America, I'd been wanting to read this novel for quite some time, but other Conrad books kept falling into my hands before this one did. I can now say that I agree with the consensus when it comes to _Nostromo_. It is evident from the very first pages that the author had found a story, a topic, a series of themes, and a tone that allowed him to produce the highest expression of his narrative art.

A story of revolt in colonial Latin America set in the imaginary republic of Costaguana (an accurate composite of Hispanic American nations), _Nostromo_ is divided into three parts. The first part, "The Silver of the Mine," introduces the reader to Charles Gould, administrator of the San Tomé silver mine, which is located in the town of Sulaco. The narrator relates the history of the mine, which first haunted Charles's father and now absorbs the attention of the inheritor. It's almost as if the mine were a person with a will of its own. Giorgio Viola, a Romantic freedom fighter who belonged to the ranks of Garibaldi, is another important figure in this first part, and the reader is allowed a glimpse of Gian' Battista Fidanza, the head longshoreman of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, the man the locals call Nostromo. As in most traditional narratives, the first part of the novel establishes the setting and states the problem. It becomes clear from the beginning that as the administrator of a silver mine, it is Charles Gould, and not the local political authorities, who actually holds power in Sulaco. This situation inevitably causes resentment among the local population.

The second part of the novel, "The Isabels," in which the main conflict takes shape, focuses on Antonia Avellanos (the daughter of one of Charles Gould's local friends) and the man who loves her, the journalist Martin Decoud. Antonia is political, and wants the best for the people of Sulaco; Decoud is not a patriot, he considers himself above all that, and as civil strife sets in he wants to leave Costaguana with the lady he loves. As Gould and Decoud realize that their interests (material in the first case, and romantic in the second) are in danger, they devise a plan to protect these interests and enlist the help of Nostromo, who may be the only man capable of carrying out the plan. The novel's third part, "The Lighthouse," presents the resolution of the conflict and describes the fates of the characters involved.

As Conrad points out in his foreword to the novel, _Nostromo_ is loosely based on an anecdote he heard as a young man, while working in the Gulf of Mexico. Conrad built the novel around the story of a man who, taking advantage of a local revolution, managed to escape with a lighter (a flat-bottomed barge) loaded with silver. Like Henry James, Conrad had the ability to construct entire stories starting from a brief real-life anecdote. It is known that _Lord Jim_ was conceived in the same way.

Besides offering a great story, _Nostromo_ is a complex analysis of capitalist colonialism. The topic is the same as that of _Heart of Darkness_, but in this case Conrad is more objective and less ambiguous. Latin America is shown as a highly unstable region, but it is as much a land of ideals and self-sacrifice as it is one of corruption. While the people want to be free and self-sufficient, those in power sell the country's valuable resources to foreign interests so as to increase their personal wealth and remain in power. Given this situation, revolution becomes inevitable. This is the sad history of Latin America, and in _Nostromo_ Conrad shows how clear a perception he had of it. The novel, which is deeper and more panoramic than _Heart of Darkness_, should be required reading for courses in Latin American history and politics.

As I was reading the novel, I felt that it could have been titled _Sulaco_, or even _The King of Sulaco_ (the title the locals give to Gould), instead. Nostromo himself does not emerge as a key figure until the second half of the novel, but towards the end it becomes clear why the story bears his name as its title. His nickname means "our man," and his last name, Fidanza, recalls the Italian "fidanzarsi," which means to get/become engaged. Like _Heart of Darkness_, _Lord Jim_, and so many other Conrad tales, _Nostromo_ revolves around an imposing male figure. Like Jim, Nostromo is a good man, but _Nostromo_ the novel is not marred by the technical imperfections that may be found in _Lord Jim_ (please see my review of this novel for more on this). While _Lord Jim_ may be more daring and groundbreaking in its use of narrative techniques, _Nostromo_ is polished to perfection and much more socially and politically involved. Regarding the female characters, critics have observed that Conrad's women are always beautiful and pure. The author may offer more of the same in _Nostromo_, but I found Antonia to be a memorable character, and she was particularly dear to Conrad because, as he points out in his "Author's Note," she was based on his first love.

In _Nostromo_, Conrad shows an understanding of locals and foreigners alike. Decoud, a Costaguanero, says, "There is a curse of futility upon our character: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, chivalry and materialism, high-sounding sentiment and a supine morality, violent efforts for an idea and a sullen acquiescence in every form of corruption. We convulsed a continent for our independence only to become the passive prey of a democratic parody, the helpless victims of scoundrels and cut-throats, our institutions a mockery, our laws a farce." Pages of Latin American history are summarized in these lines. The same character later describes Gould as "an Englishman," which to him means "simply that he cannot act or exist without idealizing every simple feeling, desire, or achievement. He could not believe his own motives if he did not make them first a part of some fairy tale." I was reminded of the title character in Graham Greene's _The Quiet American_ (1955). Another passage I loved, this time spoken by Gould: "The words one knows so well have a nightmarish meaning in this country. Liberty, democracy, patriotism, government--all of them have a flavour of folly and murder." The two cultures involved are worlds apart, irreconcilable.

One final comment. As I read, I often got the feeling that in a way the true central character of _Nostromo_ was not Gian' Battista, not Gould, not Decoud, but the silver itself. Isn't this appropriate in a novel about the workings of capitalism? Regarding revolution, Conrad did not exhaust the topic here. He would continue to explore it in his next two novels, _The Secret Agent_ (1907) and _Under Western Eyes_ (1911), both of which are excellent.

_Nostromo_ is as close to perfection as Conrad ever came. Besides being a landmark of English literature, it prefigures the work of some key Latin American novelists, such as Miguel Ángel Asturias, Alejo Carpentier, and Gabriel García Márquez, in whose _Love in the Time of Cholera_ (1985) Conrad himself makes a cameo appearance.

My next novel by Conrad will be _Victory_, but I may read some more of his short stories first.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the book!
Quashant Quashant
This is a fine adventure story with a distinctly populist edge. The hero is the captain of the dockworkers who tend ships in the fictional port of Sulaco, a tough, principled and highly capable man man who comes to believe he has been betrayed by his wealthy employers. The primary focus of the story's conflict is a fabulously wealthy silver mine that becomes a character in the novel all by itself. The mine is jeopardized by a revolution in the fictional country of Costaguana, the factionally riven and corrupt nation that Sulaco serves as the primary port. The revolution -- more of a civil war, actually -- threatens the hero, his masters and their women.

Though the book is written in a highly colored manner, it moves along at a rapid pace and contains enough suspense to keep the reader turning the pages. Most of it is told from the third person omniscient point of view, but a passage toward the end gives a single character a chance to summarize the conclusion of the revolution before the focus once again shifts to the hero.

I am looking forward to "Heart of Darkness," Conrad's masterpiece.
The book is swollen with Conrad's dour view of class conflict, colonialism, oligarchy, political fanaticism and the brutality of rich and poor alike. To mention the major turnabout in the story would be to spoil it for unfamiliar readers, but suffice to say there is a deep-seated morality to punishes the guilty and destroys the lives of their abettors.
Xellerlu Xellerlu
Much of Conrad's other work seems to rely heavily on description, with plot and characterization taking a back seat to the unfolding panorama of the world he sees. Heart of Darkness certainly struck me that way. Nostromo is completely different. I would say it has the most remarkably well-developed cast of characters I can remember from a novel, and a devilishly intricate plot. Reading it I was reminded again and again of the film Roshomon, where changing points of view give us completely different views of characters and no one is exactly as their observers believe them to be. Nor are they really as they believe themselves to be.

I've noticed in some authors a tendency toward sameness in their characters. Sure, their characters want different things, hold to different morale codes, are seduced by different vices. But at their core they have the same sort of mental energy, the same sort of world view, and strike me as different versions of the same person having chosen, or become trapped in, different life paths. Not so in Nostromo. These are strikingly different people, different in how they see the world, different in how the world impinges on their lives, almost as different as it's possible to imagine them. Conrad's triumph, in my opinion, is that he can imagine these people, describe them so unerringly, let us feel sympathy for each of them in turn, and yet never say, "Yes, this is the one who got it right."