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Lord Jim (Everyman's Library) (original 1900; edition 1992)

by Joseph Conrad

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Title:Lord Jim (Everyman's Library)
Authors:Joseph Conrad
Info:Everyman's Library (1992), Hardcover, 400 pages
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Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (1900)


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Intense and highly charged, this is one of those rare novels that packs the tragic impact of Greek theater. Some may be put off by the high rhetoric of Conrad's prose and especially by the unfortunate device of using a series of, sometimes embedded, narrators of totally improbable omniscience and verbal powers.. If you can accept the narrative frame and the somewhat slow pace produced by Conrad's elaborately poetic prose with its long descriptive passages winding through page-long paragraphs, if you can accept these stylistic quirks, you will find an engrossing story and a deep psychological study of guilt and personal failure. Jim, deserts his ships, and cannot forgive himself. He finds what he thinks is a new life in the East, where he, almost too quickly (the narrative time span isn't completely clear), the de facto leader of the local community. Fate intervenes in the persons of a group of European criminals and he once again fails to do his duty. He willingly submits to death. ( )
  sjnorquist | Jun 25, 2015 |
This books was hard to get through, Joseph Conrad has a very extensive vocabulary and I found myself using the dictionary quite often. The action was very parse in it's delivery and I found Conrad rambling on about useless information which cause me to have to read some chapters multiple times. I haven't really decided on if I liked his narrator telling the story to another character, it was like a character in the book reading a book to you. I thought it was really easy to lose contact with who was speaking. I have a hard time considering that this is considered one of the 100 greatest books of all times. My assumption is that their must not be very many good books in general. However, after stating all of this, I did find the boy some what entertaining. It was separated into three distinct areas: the trial, a wandering period and the island. I did not really fully get the antagonist, Lord Jim himself, as representing the main insight of this novel or as a physiological self-examining exploration as some reviews have suggested the book explores. Not that I don't see some of that in the novel, but I saw the book as expression of the world surround Tuan Jim and how self involved and critical the world is. ( )
  josmith16 | May 30, 2015 |
I struggled a lot to get through this book and I liked it less the more I read. It is a very interesting book, however, in terms of its themes and philosophy. Jim is an incredibly human character, who must live with the shame and guilt of his mistakes in a very stratified world of British seamanship and imperialism. My primary compliant is that this is a very psychological novel but the author never really gets into the main character's head. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | May 30, 2015 |
Difficult to follow. I'm currently reading an early edition, which may have a lot to do with the difficulty. ( )
  RussellBittner | Dec 12, 2014 |
LORD JIM is a novel focused on the imperial zeitgeist of the age. The age is the years between 1876 to the beginning of world war one. Europe was beaming in its nationalism, imperialism, and as well as aliances between nation states. Europe could be seen as a cage where the main event in the WWE would be held, in this corner Germany and the Hapsburgs vs. London and France. We see explorers controlling new lands and new people. We find adventures awaiting.
So what if you don't care about the imperial age? Are you a Star Trek or Battle Star Galactica fan? One then can imagine the ocean as deep space, and the natives as aliens. I found it easier to concentrate on the plot when I imagined Jim as captain Kirk. I could understand the imperialistic superiority over native cultures, if I thought of the natives as aliens or droids.
Conrad poses profound questions: Can a man run away from his past ruins? Or do they hunt him down till the present moment catches up with him? Is the earth big enough to hold the caper?"
I loved the narration by Stewart Lewis on Libri Vox. He does a great job with a tricky book. I could understand Conrad's humor by Stewart Lewis's reading of the novel.
The book overall was imperially commanding.

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  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
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Monod, SylvèrePrefacemain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Adams, J. DonaldIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hampson, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monsarrat, NicholasIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull. His voice was deep, loud, and his manner displayed a kind of dogged self-assertion which had nothing aggressive in it. It seemed a necessity, and it was directed apparently as much at himself as at anybody else. He was spotlessly neat, apparelled in immaculate white from shoes to hat, and in the various Eastern ports where he got his living as ship-chandler’s water-clerk he was very popular.
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When Lord Jim first appeared in 1900, many took Joseph Conrad to task for couching an entire novel in the form of an extended conversation--a ripping good yarn, if you like. (One critic in The Academy complained that the narrator "was telling that after-dinner story to his companions for eleven solid hours.") Conrad defended his method, insisting that people really do talk for that long, and listen as well. In fact his chatty masterwork requires no defense--it offers up not only linguistic pleasures but a timeless exploration of morality.

The eponymous Jim is a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. He is, we are told, "the kind of fellow you would, on the strength of his looks, leave in charge of the deck." He also harbors romantic fantasies of adventure and heroism--which are promptly scuttled one night when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink. Acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster. The Patna, however, manages to stay afloat. The foundering vessel is towed into port--and since the officers have strategically vanished, Jim is left to stand trial for abandoning the ship and its 800 passengers.

Stripped of his seaman's license, convinced of his own cowardice, Jim sets out on a tragic and transcendent search for redemption. This may sound like the bleakest of narratives. But Lord Jim is also touching, elevating, and often funny. Here, for example, the narrator describes the ship's captain (proving that clothes do indeed make the man):

He made me think of a trained baby elephant walking on hind-legs. He was extravagantly gorgeous too--got up in a soiled sleeping suit, bright green and deep orange vertical stripes, with a pair of ragged straw slippers on his bare feet, and somebody's cast-off pith hat, very dirty and two sizes too small for him, tied up with a manilla rope-yarn on the top of his big head. You understand a man like that hasn't a ghost of a chance when it comes to borrowing clothes.
This is formidable prose by any standard. But when you consider that Conrad was working in his third language, the sublime after-dinner story that is Lord Jim seems even more astonishing an accomplishment. --Teri Kieffer

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Jim, the first mate aboard the Patna, dreams youthful dreams of heroism and of the daring act that will prove his courage. But when the Patna collides with a mysterious obstacle, Jim panics and jumps free. This act of cowardice drives him to exile as a white trader in the remote tropical outpost of Patusan.… (more)

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