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Tales of Hearsay: Suspense by Joseph Conrad

Tales of Hearsay: Suspense

by Joseph Conrad

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An odds and ends collection of short-stories which spans Conrad's literary career published shortly after his death. It works surprisingly well. 'The Warrior's Soul' and 'Prince Roman' are perhaps the least interesting, although the latter draws on Conrad's Polish heritage. 'The Black Mate', an early story, shows Conrad had a great sense of humour. The Captain, a fervent spiritualist, anticipates the superstitious First Mate, Ransome, in 'The Shadow Line'. Best of all is 'The Tale', Conrad's only story about the First World War. A Royal Navy ship on patrol encounters a ship from a neutral country, which is suspected of supplying German U-boats. The story is, quite literally, about the 'fog of war' and has a savage twist at the end which had me thinking long after I had finished it. ( )
  David106 | Jul 1, 2015 |
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This is a collection of short-stories which spans Conrad's literary career published shortly after his death. Conrad was a Polish-born English novelist. His success is even more amazing since he did not learn to speak English until he was in his 20's. Conrad's narrative style places him at the beginning of the Modernist period of literature. This volume published in 1911 contains four tales; The Warrior's Soul, Prince Roman, The Tale, and The Black Mate. (Excerpt from Goodreads)… (more)

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