Victory: An Island Tale

Victory: An Island Tale Joseph Conrad Mara Kalnins
  • Title: Victory: An Island Tale
  • Author: Joseph Conrad Mara Kalnins
  • ISBN: 9780199554058
  • Page: 259
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  • Victory: An Island Tale Joseph Conrad Mara Kalnins Victory An Island Tale Victory was the last of Conrad s novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago It tells the story of Axel Heyst who damaged by his dead father s nihilistic philosophy has retreated from the world of com
    Victory was the last of Conrad s novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago It tells the story of Axel Heyst who, damaged by his dead father s nihilistic philosophy, has retreated from the world of commerce and colonial exploration to live alone on the island of Samburan But Heyst s solitary existence ends when he rescues an English girl from her rapacious patron and brinVictory was the last of Conrad s novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago It tells the story of Axel Heyst who, damaged by his dead father s nihilistic philosophy, has retreated from the world of commerce and colonial exploration to live alone on the island of Samburan But Heyst s solitary existence ends when he rescues an English girl from her rapacious patron and brings her back to the island She in turn recalls him to love and life, until the world breaks in on them once with tragic consequences In this love story Conrad created two of his psychologically most complex and compelling characters in a narrative of great erotic power.This new edition uses the first edition text and includes a new chronology and bibliography.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .
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    1. 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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    1. 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 D.H 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 a [...]

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    2. Axel Heyst, the Swede, is running away, but since it is himself he wants to escape from, that is clearly an unattainable goal Growing up with his crank of a father, a widower, in London Town, the elder Heyst, writes little books of his unpopular philosophy , making a small profit, from the few, who like them, and just gets by Having fled his native land, they didn t understand the Baron s unusual ideas not sure if he deserved that title , as nowhere else does, either He despises the world, and t [...]

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    3. CONTEMPLARE, SENZA MAI FARE RUMORE 1919, di Maurice Tourner il padre di Jacques , cinema muto.Ho deciso di leggerlo perch in un intervista Joan Didion diceva che prima di iniziare un nuovo romanzo rileggeva sempre Victory di Conrad I have never started a novel, I ve never written one without rereading Victory It opens up the possibilities of a novel It makes it seem worth doing.Mi sono chiesto perch.1930, Dangerous Paradise di William A Wellman.E adesso che anch io ho letto Victory di Conrad, co [...]

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    4. My victory over Victory by Joseph Conrad was last gasp and hard fought Unfortunately, I am not going to build any triumphal arches to commemorate it.I feel like a veteran For a few weeks I have been bombarded with boredom Stabbed with a bayonet of disappointment Outflanked by the characters I didn t care about Shot with conversations which led nowhere To cut a long story short, Victory turned out to be almost a defeat It doesn t comfort me much to realize that one of my brothers in arms was Vlad [...]

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    5. Now and then, we must leave the literature of our day and delve deeper in time and in literary style Joseph Conrad has survived time as a classic, because his work is of classic quality I submerged into Victory as into cool, deep water, to emerge refreshed and moved by the literary experience Woe, yes, to the man whose heart has not learned to hope or love and is love without hope possible or trust in life Without hope, without love, without trust, life is but a living death Axel Heyst, Conrad s [...]

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    6. If you feel like reading a complex psychological novel that will make you ponder the meaning of life, this is a book for you Not that you will be provided with any definite answers, mind you Victory strikes me as a rather ambiguous work, one that is intentionally left open to interpretations Consequently, if you like clear questions and answers, this is not a novel for you, for there is a lot to ponder in this one Nevertheless, I must hurry to add the novel is not written as a meditative philoso [...]

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    7. I read pretty much everything Conrad wrote back in the 80 s but having booked a holiday in Indonesia I had to take one of his far eastern novels Great to read about the dead calm Java Sea while looking out over the dead calm Java Sea Anyway,1 No one writes better than Conrad in English Some are as good but different Pynchon, Dickens, even Updike but no one is better.2 Only those that haven t read him associate him with adventure books for boys What he is really about is the psychology of life wh [...]

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    8. I enjoyed this novel from the pen of Joseph Conrad it may be my favorite of his works although Conrad has the knack for writing consistently good novels that makes it hard to rank them Victory s most striking formal characteristic is its shifting narrative and temporal perspective with the first section from the viewpoint of a sailor, the second from omniscient perspective of Axel Heyst, the third from an interior perspective from Heyst, and the final section I found the character of Axel intere [...]

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    9. I will in all likelihood remember Victory as one of the inconsistent reads I ve ever encountered, not in terms of tone, style or plot but in terms of my fluctuating interest in the tale Conrad spun and what he wanted to say with it Often I felt myself pushed away by a lumbering pace and wooden caricatures to the outer ionosphere of reader absorption, nearing a point where the thin gravity of my interest in its grander themes was the only thing keeping me from snapping off into orbit and relegat [...]

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    11. Note Joan Didion s favorite she reads it before every novel she writes It opens up the possibilities of a novel It makes it seem worth doing.

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    12. Strange to read a classic, be caught up in its story, only to find myself surfacing two thirds through and realizing that the thing is flawed Heavy handed Christian allegory, bizarre and artificial conceptions of gender even for the time , unresolved narrative gaps Victory is a book that wants to be beautiful, but stumbles too much in being meaningful Yes, this isn t out of character for contemporary works or even some unfortunate books of our moment , but the further the narrative carries, the [...]

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    13. From BBC Radio 4 Drama The world premiere of Harold Pinter s screenplay of Josef Conrad s last major novel, in a special adaptation for radio by Sir Richard Eyre.It s 1900 in the Dutch East Indies Disenchanted with life and humanity, Heyst, a mysterious Swedish Baron, lives alone on a deserted island.He believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others, but his life is altered when he visits the neighbouring island for a doctor s check up Here he meets and falls in love with Len [...]

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    14. Eu j havia lido 3 livros dele e os achei um pouco dif ceis Esse aqui foi diferente, me senti envolvida desde as primeiras linhas.Publicado em 1915 traz como protagonista Axel Heyst, um homem que sofreu desde a inf ncia a influ ncia de seu pai, fil sofo pessimista que pregava que o mundo era local de dor e ilus o Heyst acredita ent o que viver isolado, sem ter nenhum v nculo humano evitar que ele possa ser derrotado pelo mundo O livro mostrar os dois momentos de sua vida em que isso n o foi poss [...]

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    15. What is interesting about Conrad is that he is a writer with one foot in the Victorian age as in the manner of his storytelling and one in the modern age as in his characters and themes The book s sensibility is reflective of this disconcerting dualism.For me, the main theme that emerges is that of detachment and isolationism and their consequences For various reasons, Heyst removes himself from the world, wanting no part of it But the world will not be ignored and eventually comes to find him I [...]

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    16. I didn t know anything about this book when I started it other than 2 facts it was written by the author of The Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, and it was on the Guardian s list of 1000 novels everyone should read After I started, I quickly found myself engaged in this somewhat odd story about a very odd man, Heyst A little farther into the story, I went back to find in which category the Guardian s list had placed this book was surprised to find it was in the Love category rather than the War [...]

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    17. I often struggle with the classics and classic authors This book is delightful in that it s a slice of another time, but it s literature in the sense that nothing fantastical happens Nothing much happens at all, really We have characters in an tropical locale, a small town in the Malay Archipelago Axel Heyst is a loner who seems to have a stereotypical heart of gold he s willing to help anyone that asks, even though he largely prefers to keep to himself in an abandoned coal mining compound His i [...]

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    18. One of my favorite writers is Graham Greene and one if his favorite writers is Joseph Conrad thus I feel he deserves my attention for that reason alone But Conrad casts a much larger shadow than that I read Heart of Darkness in high school and was impressed by the artistry of the story as much as the film it later inspired I felt the need to read Conrad in my post college days and read Lord Jim and in recent years and The Secret Agent since it was referenced heavily in the post 9 11 days by jou [...]

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    19. Conrad is pretty damn near the the top of his game in this book Which since he s such an exceptional writing genius means that a good time can be had by anyone who s reading though I don t think it s a spoiler to say that almost all of the book s participants come to a bad end.Unsurprisingly, the colonial content is well very colonial Though the smartest, straightest character is Chinese And the most evil is European.The women here are clever either emotionally, or practically if than a little [...]

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    20. Victory is the kind of book I never imagined that I would ever read It starts from the title, the cover page and the story itself However, there are certain authors that you cannot just run away from They keep taunting you everywhere you look and at last you just give in Makes one feel like a person who has been coerced into giving a confession Only this time, it does not lead to guilt but points to my innocence Reading this book like all relationships was full of ups and downs I really admired [...]

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    21. Conrad really nailed it with this one In the preface he writes that he wrote it as a single piece not as a serial published in periodicals and it shows The narrative hijinks that he deployed in his earlier novels has been tamed This makes this novel succeed as a thriller.But like the books of John le Carr , another author I m reading the complete works of, Victory is a thriller with benefits These benefits are astounding characters, unmatched psychological depth and the best writing from sentenc [...]

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    22. bbc programmes b053rz5rBBC description The world premiere of Harold Pinter s screenplay of Josef Conrad s last major novel, in a special adaptation for radio by Sir Richard Eyre.It s 1900 in the Dutch East Indies Disenchanted with life and humanity, Heyst, a mysterious Swedish Baron, lives alone on a deserted island.He believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others, but his life is altered when he visits the neighbouring island for a doctor s check up Here he meets and falls [...]

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    23. The Conrad I read, the I love Conrad Victory is a not just your standard story about good v evil, innocence and savagery It is about being an actor in life and love and not just an observer It is beautiful, sad and powerful.

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    24. Like Nostromo, the pacing of this is slowish in the first half and picks up in the second half Unlike Nostromo there is much less back story in this novel While the father of the main character is discussed and is important although dead, most of the rest of the characters have a history only within the scope of the story.One thing that came to me strongly was an echoing of The Tempest Particularly the characters Pedro and Wang seemed to be sort of inverted images of Calaban and Ariel.This story [...]

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    25. A pretty amazing climax is the high point of this Conrad novel, which explores love and identity on a remote island There s a lot to dislike about this book the blatant racism often a challenge with Conrad is pretty ridiculous, with it the most over the top with the Chinese character repeatedly described as inscrutable but also evident in the absence of humanity or complexity in any of Conrad s other non white characters It s incredibly frustrating Conrad s white characters are complex mixtures [...]

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    26. The book was first published in 1915 Axel Heyst ends up living on an island in what is now Indonesia, with a Chinese assistant Wang Heyst visits a nearby island when a female band is playing at a hotel owned by Mr Schomberg Schomberg attempts to force himself sexually on one of the band members, Alma, later called Lena She flees with Heyst back to his island and they become lovers Schomberg seeks revenge by attempting to frame Heyst for the murder of a man who had died of natural causes and late [...]

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    27. Audio book version George Guidall narrating.I really wanted to like this , but I felt that it dropped off in the final third of the book and I found the ending to be somewhat predictable, and beyond that predictability the d nouement felt slapdash and was unsatisfying Despite those criticisms the book is a worthwhile read and has many interesting moments and aspects to recommend it The trio of antagonists are engaging and reminiscent of some of Cormac McCarthy s characters, at least to my mind T [...]

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    28. Non stato facile addentrarsi in questo libro.Conrad ha una scrittura a cui non ero abituata, non avendo mai letto nessun altra sua opera in inglese, e l approccio stato difficoltoso ma, pi di tutto, ogni volta che iniziavo rimanevo come ipnotizzata dalla prima pagina, da quell incipit cos beh, stranamente ammaliante.La storia si dipana lentamente agli occhi del lettore, dapprima narrata tramite un noi collettivo non specificato che a volte diventa un io e che non esprime alcun giudizio o comment [...]

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    29. It is always a pleasure to read Conrad His mastery of the English language, his third tongue, never leaves me anything less than impressed.Published in 1916m Victory is one of Conrad s later novels and, though less well known than, say, Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, it definitely measures up amongst his best work.Set in the exotic East Indies, the action takes place mostly on Samburan, once a coal mining island, now the home of the enigmatic Swede, Heyst, and on Surabaya, where the oaf [...]

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