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Typhoon (1902)

by Joseph Conrad

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    The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure by Patrick O'Brian (edwinbcn)
    edwinbcn: A sailing ship in the South China Sea is hit by a typhoon, Patrick O'Brian reads like a younger version of Joseph Conrad, the romance of the sea and old klippers underway in the Far East.
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This grips and engrosses, and evokes the fearsome moments anyone who's been in heavy water in heavy weather knows too well without being pedantic about it (no one drowns--just about that helplessness with drowning somewhere at the back of the mind). It does it well, and so you dwell on the weather and water and not on the weird stuff about what makes a bold sailor bold and what turns a Chinaman into a beast. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Jul 15, 2017 |
In my opinion, his best work.

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  Garrison0550 | May 10, 2016 |
bookshelves: e-book, gutenberg-project, autumn-2013, seven-seas, published-1902, shortstory-shortstories-novellas
Read from November 16 to 20, 2013


"We're having gothic weather here - wind and rain - perfect for the season and for tumultuous books...on the first chapter of "Typhoon" right now, which seems appropriate. "- flister Esther

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Opening: Captain MacWhirr, of the steamer Nan-Shan, had a physiognomy that, in the order of material appearances, was the exact counterpart of his mind: it presented no marked characteristics of firmness or stupidity; it had no pronounced characteristics whatever; it was simply ordinary, irresponsive, and unruffled.

Elegant writing as always, especially as it was not his mother tongue.

2* Heart of Darkness
3* Typhoon
2.5* The Nigger of the Narcissus ( )
  mimal | Jan 1, 2014 |
One of the greatest examples in literature of landscape and nature treated as character. Although on one level this classic sea story is about the uneasy relations between the phlegmatic captain and his high-strung first mate, the antagonist, and in many ways the main character, is the storm itself:

This is the disintegrating power of a great wind: it isolates one from one's kind. An earthquake, a landslip, an avalanche, overtake a man incidentally, as it were--without passion. A furious gale attacks him like a personal enemy, tries to grasp his limbs, fastens upon his mind, seeks to rout his very spirit out of him.

This is my favorite of Conrad's novels, simply because the writing is so strong, evoking all the senses--you can feel it, hear, smell and taste the wind and water, and of course visualize it in all its shadowy hues, while the currents of man versus man, and men versus the elements, rage around each other like the storm itself. At the end, I felt like I had to rinse the salt water from my body. ( )
1 vote Feign | May 10, 2013 |
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  Listener42 | Sep 1, 2008 |
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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title--offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

Many chronicles have been written about life at sea, but few, if any, can compare with Joseph Conrad's masterpiece. It is the story of one unremarkable steamship captain, pitted against a storm of incredible fury. Captain Macwhirr has a reputation as a solid, steadfast man, who "having just enough imagination to carry him through each successive day, and no more" cannot fully believe any storm would be a match for his powerful ship. So, when the barometer and other clues begin to hint at trouble ahead, he is only moderately concerned and unwilling to change course and lose precious time-a decision that may prove more costly than he could ever have imagined.

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A sudden drop in atmospheric pressure alerts the Nan-Shan's captain, Mac Whirr, that the weather was turning nasty. The ship was on her way from the south toward the treaty port of Fuchau, with cargo in her holds and 200 Chinese coolies on board, when the typhoon struck.… (more)

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