Dedicated to the Sea Dec 28, 2007
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 !