Er Rover!! Dec 16, 2010
The Rover is a classic by Joseph Conrad, set in post-revolutionary Toulon. It was one of the set books for University of London Board 'O'-level English Literature in 1966, which is when I first read the book. It's a short novel which took me all term to read because, at the time, I didn't get it! I reread a copy purchased from Alibris in 2 days because, now, I do get it! In 1966 I didn't realise that Conrad, back in 1923, was an englishman of the 'old colonialist' school who was just showing off his knowledge of french and France in an affected and pretentious way which is really irritating to read now that we are all much better travelled! Had I realised this, aged 15, I might have scored even worse than I did at O-level English!!