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Lord Jim [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Conrad
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Amazon.com Review

This compact novel, completed in 1900, as with so many of the great novels of the time, is at its baseline a book of the sea. An English boy in a simple town has dreams bigger than the outdoors and embarks at an early age into the sailor's life. The waters he travels reward him with the ability to explore the human spirit, while Joseph Conrad launches the story into both an exercise of his technical prowess and a delicately crafted picture of a character who reaches the status of a literary hero. A classic novel.

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Novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1900. Originally intended as a short story, the work grew to a full-length novel as Conrad explored in great depth the perplexing, ambiguous problem of lost honor and guilt, expiation and heroism. The title character is a man haunted by guilt over an act of cowardice. He becomes an agent at an isolated East Indian trading post. There his feelings of inadequacy and responsibility are played out to their logical and inevitable end. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450506755
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084753UI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,871 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult book to review May 12, 2014
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I found this book frustrating to read and now difficult to review. First, the story is somewhat interesting, but not terribly engaging. The first half was slow and the second half contained the bulk of the story. The prose was also frustrating...at times the language was beautiful and poetic, while at other times I was looking forward to the end of a paragraph that sometimes extended for several pages. Conrad had an incredible grasp of English (I used kindle's built in dictionary on several occasions). In summary, I'm glad I finally read this classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful read March 30, 2014
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this is a great story of the human condition and the consequences of choices made by the protagonist. I did not rate it higher because at times the prose was difficult to get through while managing to keep my full attention.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for High School Students September 7, 2012
By Togar
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Conrad, unlike most novelist, emphasizes the shortcomings of his heros. Lord Jim, a character of immense ability, comes to be defined by his failures. This is a monumental work of weakness, redemption, and ultimately, tragedy.

This is not a book for high school students. Teachers and administrators who assign it do their students a disservice. Stick to Heart of Darkness, which contains many of the same themes and literary merit, without what to high school students is over the top "wordiness." Lord Jim should be enjoyed at the individual's chosen time and pace.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb Prose. But Lost The Plot November 10, 2013
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This is a great book to read in terms of the lyrical style of the writing. I got lost in the ebb and flow of the writing, and got a little lost in the plot. This is not a simple tale, and I would need to come back to it again. I shall read it a bit more slowly than I did, and shall take it bit by bit.
I hope that they do not teach it in schools, because it is far too complex for most school kids.

While I got lost in the plot, I must say that I loved the writing.
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By alyssa
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I tried reading Lord Jim three different times before finally deciding to find a handy summary online to help me figure out the story. It was incredibly difficult to comprehend, even though the reading isn’t all that difficult. The story bounces back and forth, through time and through narration (Modernism at its finest, I suppose). If you can read this without a summary, you deserve a medal. The themes were interesting and inspired, but yikes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Jim October 10, 2012
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Like most of my modern classic favorites, I first read Lord Jim as a child, it was in an Illustrated Comics issue, he was my first flawed hero. As the book explores and explains more to Jim's character, it's a no-brainer--I love the book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Redemption in a man's world August 3, 2012
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"Lord Jim" is a morality tale and a story of individual redemption - Jim, as a junior officer in the merchant marine disgraces himself in a moment of crisis and spends the rest of his short life running from the resulting odium and attempting to redeem himself. Which he does, in his own eyes anyway, but his attempts to apply an individual code of honor when making decisions on behalf of others ends in tragedy.

The first half of the story - the tale of Jim's disgrace and the immediate consequences - is the strongest part of the book, with the second half of the book (and some of the rich descriptive language) slightly drawn out and tedious in comparison. Unlike some reviewers, I did enjoy the technique of Marlowe narrating the long, drawn out tale of Jim to his peers - in my experience, this is the way men left to their own devices tell morality tales about their own craft. I have certainly heard enough similar stories about the failings or virtues of soldiers I have never met during long waits at an LZ or during deathly dull nights on watch (and told a few of my own as well) to appreciate why Marlowe would tell such a 'yarn' in this way, and why it would be so eagerly accepted by his peers.

Readers who are only familiar with Conrad's Heart of Darkness may find Lord Jim a bit drawn-out by comparison, and it may have been an even better book if only the first half of the story was told. It is still a thought provoking read if you want to give some thought to the meaning and practical application of honor, responsibility and redemption.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling language June 23, 2014
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One of the most important books I have ever read. His sentence and paragraph structure is spell-binding. He may be the antithesis of the spare writing of Hemingway, but his language gives a life to the story that is unequaled. Worth the effort of taking your time to revel in his words.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Conrad At His Best
Probably Conrad's finest novel, barring "Nostromo." A classic and gorgeously written, scenic as all get out. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Edward Vaughn
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Conrad out does himself with his lengthy, almost poetic descriptions but the storyline barely supports such prose. Still well wort the read.
Published 1 month ago by Herkpilot
4.0 out of 5 stars long
Too much description too slow in some places. I like happy endings! After reading such a long book the ending was just too sad for me.
Published 1 month ago by Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars but know it's good.
Have't read it yet, but know it's good.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Wotton
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting Story but a hard read.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer gee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great similes and metaphors, not much story
Lord Jim had amazing use of language by Conrad. The story was short enough the book could have been much shorter.
Published 8 months ago by Robert Cool
1.0 out of 5 stars Not heart of darkness.
I dont know what happens in the end. I havent made it that far. It's weird and SLOW. Hard to get into.
Published 8 months ago by Jethro Bodine
5.0 out of 5 stars very intriguing story
Did the narrator in this piece love Jim or think him a fool? Did the narrator respect Jim, feel sorry for him, or what? Read more
Published 9 months ago by rave
5.0 out of 5 stars Why books are timeless
Conrad did not merely write about his age fed from his experiences of life, he wrote with an extraordinary insight into the very heart of us all; he seems to understand those fears... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gerard Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A wonderful book for any sailor or lover of the water. A very serious study of men and how one mistake can change a life forever.
Published 10 months ago by Alice
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