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Lord Jim (1900)

by Joseph Conrad

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This immortal novel of the sea tells the story of a British sailor haunted by a single youthful act of cowardly betrayal. To the white men in Bombay, Calcutta, and Rangoon, Jim is a man of mystery. To the primitive natives deep in the Malayan jungle, he is a god gifted with supernatural powers. To the beautiful half-caste girl who flees to his hut for protection, he is a lord to be feared and loved. Lord Jim-- Conrad' s classic portrait of a man' s guilt, his search for forgiveness, and his final, tragic redemption-- is a work of enduring value and one of the world' s great masterpieces.… (more)
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A young man with exalted fantasies of himself cannot recover his self-esteem after one act of cowardice. The result is the loss of his best friend, the deaths of people who have trusted him, heartbreak of the woman who loved him and his own death.
  ritaer | May 3, 2021 |
Dalle labbra dell'amico Marlow apprendiamo la storia di Lord Jim, di una colpa che, sebbene, in apparenza, affrontata con fierezza e coraggio nelle aule di un tribunale e punita secondo giustizia, vede comunque il "peccatore" fuggire da un luogo all'altro non in cerca di redenzione, ma di un luogo in cui dimenticar il proprio disonore. E anche quando il destino sembra rimettere le carte in gioco e concedergli di riviver le circostanze del passato, diversi avvenimenti sopraggiungono a precludergli quest'opportunità (forse) di far pace con i propri demoni. Detto questo, lo considero un romanzo di formazione a metà. Buone le premesse, buono lo snodo narrativo principale, ma Jim rimane un mero fantasma, un personaggio caratterizzato di sfuggita, quasi una sorta di comparsa che non vede quell'approfondimento psicologico e quella crescita (in positivo o in negativo) che forse il romanzo avrebbe dovuto prevedere e che mi sarei aspettato. ( )
  Carlomascellani73 | Apr 5, 2021 |
A thrilling & interesting story of an honorable but unfortunate seaman. Utilizes a surprising meta device to frame the story - the whole book is being told by a sailor at a bar.

The writing was beautiful but I found it to be overly ornate & overwrought at points. Was really a slog to get through some sections. Ultimately worthwhile. Great & tragic ending! ( )
  boxofgeese | Feb 23, 2021 |
I liked this quite a bit! Conrad is a little too wordy at times for my taste but this is a sharply written/observed novel about a lot of things that don't have names and can't be easily described. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
As others have noted, this could have been a bit shorter. And Conrad's habit of nesting the story within another character's narration (Marlow of Heart of Darkness) is a bit annoying. Still, there is a lot of interest in this story of a man trying to escape a terrible act of cowardice. ( )
  datrappert | Dec 27, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Conrad, JosephAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, J. DonaldIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crossley, StevenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hampson, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lorch, FritzTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mathias, RobertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monod, SylvèrePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monsarrat, NicholasIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mursia, UgoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prinzhofer, RenatoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siciliano, EnzoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stafford, EdForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"It is certain my Conviction gains infinitely, the moment another soul will believe in it."

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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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This immortal novel of the sea tells the story of a British sailor haunted by a single youthful act of cowardly betrayal. To the white men in Bombay, Calcutta, and Rangoon, Jim is a man of mystery. To the primitive natives deep in the Malayan jungle, he is a god gifted with supernatural powers. To the beautiful half-caste girl who flees to his hut for protection, he is a lord to be feared and loved. Lord Jim-- Conrad' s classic portrait of a man' s guilt, his search for forgiveness, and his final, tragic redemption-- is a work of enduring value and one of the world' s great masterpieces.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141441615, 0141199059

Urban Romantics

2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.

Editions: 1909438030, 1909438162

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