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An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad

An Outcast of the Islands (original 1896; edition 2013)

by Joseph Conrad (Author)

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Title:An Outcast of the Islands
Authors:Joseph Conrad (Author)
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013), 192 pages
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Tags:Ocean, Ships, Death, Love, War, Ants, Rivers, Racism, Sexism, Trees, Dutch, Malaysia

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An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad (1896)



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Lingard vs Willems: a latter day Spy vs Spy.

If I didn't know that HEART OF DARKNESS was next up on DailyLit.com, this would be the all time most depressing Conrad novel.

The plot goes through multitudinous convolutions involving a cast of thoroughly mostly unfathomable and unlikable characters.

The incredible depictions of nature, notably the river, redeem the book from obscurity, as well the (unintended?) humor
in awaiting the arrival of Willems wife. ( )
  m.belljackson | Nov 19, 2016 |
Available as a free audiobook from https://librivox.org/ ( )
  captbirdseye | Mar 4, 2014 |
Conrad writ small. Think of this as a sketch for [b:Heart of Darkness|4900|Heart of Darkness (Green Integer)|Joseph Conrad|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165482062s/4900.jpg|2877220] to think the best of it. As is often the case in Conrad, men are flawed and the protagonist tumbles down a slippery slope, women are monstrous or associated with man's internal monster/savages (i.e., non-white people), savages abound and are sly and disgusting in their primativeness, and the not-very-heroic hero is subsumed by the darkness. Only here, there's more racism and less narration that stays close to the narrator. The segments where the non-white natives talk among themselves serve as not-very-convincing exposition. Ah, well. Conrad got better with practice. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
A prequel (though they didn't have the term yet) to Conrad's first, Almayer's Folly, with the same setting and many of the same characters and with the same murky, ambiguous conflict -- racial and sexual with some general-purpose lust and a few Daddy issues rolled in -- this one doesn't quite make it up to the level of the first, to my eye.

Not that it was bad, there just wasn't enough plot to keep things moving and the location, so foreign in the first, was now well-known territory and so incapable of holding my attention.

Worth reading, but if I was going to recommend one Conrad book this wouldn't be it. ( )
1 vote steve.clason | Sep 19, 2011 |
"An Outcast of the Islands" is typical Conrad, both in its structure and content. The interpenetration of man and nature is constant. The novel is a dark journey, but a rewarding one. In it, Conrad sharpened his tools and forged his craft.
  billyfantles | Sep 12, 2006 |
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When he stepped off the straight and narrow path of his peculiar honesty, it was with an inward assertion of unflinching resolve to fall back again into the monotonous but safe stride of virtue as soon as his little excursion into the wayside quagmires had produced the desired effect.
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A run of bad luck at cards, the failure of a small speculation undertaken on his own account, an unexpected demand for money from one or another member of the Da Souza family--and almost before he was well aware of it he was off the path of his peculiar honesty. It was such a faint and ill-defined track that it took him some time to find out how far he had strayed amongst the brambles of the dangerous wilderness.

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Joseph Conrad's second novel follows the downfall of Peter Willems, a disreputable man who attempts to find refuge from a scandal in a native village.

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