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The Inheritors (Echo Library) Paperback – December 1, 2007
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About the Author
Polish author Joseph Conrad is considered to be one of the greatest English-language novelists, a remarkable achievement considering English was not his first language. Conrad s literary works often featured a nautical setting, reflecting the influences of his early career in the Merchant Navy, and his depictions of the struggles of the human spirit in a cold, indifferent world are best exemplified in such seminal works as Heart of Darkness, Lord JimM, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, and Typhoon. Regarded as a forerunner of modernist literature, Conrad s writing style and characters have influenced such distinguished writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, and George Orwell, among many others. Many of Conrad s novels have been adapted for film, most notably Heart of Darkness, which served as the inspiration and foundation for Francis Ford Coppola s 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
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Top Customer Reviews
The idea of this, so to speak "anti-Vulcan" type being able to infiltrate, dominate, and at last annihilate, all proximate competition resonates deeply with us because, really, it is more than an idea: it is history. Or, more precisely, prehistory: The reason we homosapiens believe ourselves to be alone "in God's image" amongst "the beasts that perish", or, in the words of the brilliant ethologist Desmond Morris "a kind of fallen angel rather than a naked ape", is more than probably because, at some point in prehistory, homosapiens *simply and ruthlessly, wiped out every other hominid - and perhaps even every anthropoid - that could reasonably(!) compete with us for the inheritance of the Earth*.Read more ›
It is a novel that must be read carefully as it is full of political intrigue with just enough science fiction to make it more intriguing. Several key ideas spring to my mind having read it:
1. Beware politicians.
2. Beware beautiful women from another dimension.
3. Don't let strangers impersonate a family member.
4. Be true to one's values, family and friends
If you can do this, perhaps you would have faired better than the protagonist of this book and would have had a much happier ending. Sometimes, tradition is a good thing to hold on to.
BTW: It may offend some readers as there are some racially tinged dialogue in the novel, not an atrocious amount, but be aware.