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Book Title: Victory|
ISBN 13: 9780140620986
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 14.49 MB
The author of the book: Joseph Conrad
Date of issue: 1994
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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 as bad as characters from Dickey or McCarthy. Additionally, Victory displays some of the most complex characterizations of Conrad’s bibliography. A careful student of Conrad’s work can see shades of Kurtz in Mr. Jones. As with many of Conrad’s writings, this deals with isolation, world-weariness, and distinctions between “civilized” and “native” societies and the ironies of atypical behaviors in each. Between the antagonists there is a recurring theme of tame versus untamed actions.
It seems that fans of Conrad generally fall into two camps, those who choose as their favorite Heart of Darkness and those who would select Lord Jim. I am definitively in the Heart of Darkness group, though I recognize the power of Lord Jim. F. Scott Fitzgerald said of Nostromo that if he could have written but one book, he would have wanted that book to be Nostromo. Victory, though it deals with many common themes of Conrad’s work, is a unique work in his canon and has a charm all its own and I could see where someone could say that it is his or her favorite.
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Read information about the authorJoseph Conrad (born Józef 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 more 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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