A collection of Conrad's most enduring work, edited by Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gorra A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusions-Joseph Conrad is one of the ...
A collection of Conrad's most enduring work, edited by Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gorra A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusions-Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This revised edition of "The Portable Conrad" features the best known and most enduring of Conrad's works, including "The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness," and "The Nigger of the "Narcissus,"" as well as shorter tales like ""Amy Forster"" and ""The Secret Sharer,"" a selection of letters, and his observations on the sinking of the Titanic. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Joseph Conrad, an expatriate of Poland, was orphaned at a young age and raised by an Uncle who allowed him to learn navigation, whereupon he sets off to become a Master of Ships in England and succeeds in having a good career. However, upon his voyages to various exotic destinations, he becomes fluent in telling a story of what he has seen, and is inspired to put it down in writing ! This becomes his new direction and he has filled many a page with stories of Africa, and other adventures. He is especially adept at portraying characters involved in a moment of crisis and heroism. In " Narcissus", he winds a tale involving different reactions to the illness and demise of an alien in their midst: a last minute recruit for the boats crew who is initially unwanted by the men ! How this story ends is an interesting comment on the vagaries of human nature ! You will enjoy this one and many of the sea faring experiences that Conrad shares with the reader !
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