An Island Tale

Book - 1998
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Joseph Conrad possessed a matchless gift for embodying life as it is lived under extreme physical and psychological pressure. Victory, his last masterpiece, tells the story of Axel Heyst, a radically isolated, philosophically minded soul living apart on a remote Pacific island, who performs two acts of instinctive kindness and thereby embroils himself in storms of greed and vengeance, and of love and mercy.

When Heyst impulsively rescues a young English musician, Lena, from the predations of a lascivious hotel owner named Schomberg, he cannot know that she will be the means of releasing him from the emotional detachment with which he has long barricaded himself. Their affair does not last long, however, once the enraged Schomberg sends agents of revenge to invade Heyst's island retreat. Out of the maelstrom of violence and tragedy that ensues, Conrad produces a profound, unflinching meditation on human connection and redemption.
Publisher: New York ; Alfred A. Knopf, 1998
ISBN: 9780375400476
Branch Call Number: FIC CON J
Additional Contributors: Tanner, Tony


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I just checked this out of the MAG branch and someone used INK to mark passages. Who does this and why do they think it's okay? Hopefully SPL has another copy because it is too distracting to read as is. SAD PANDA!

Oct 16, 2011

"Even the simian Pedro was out of sight, crouching on the doorstep, his red little eyes fastened with animal-like devotion on Mr. Jones, who was in discourse with Heyst in the other bungalow--the conversation of an evil spectre with a disarmed man, watched by an ape."

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