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Lord Jim (Wordsworth Classics) (Wordsworth Collection) Reprint Edition
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The novel is the story of Jim, an overly romantic seaman, who during a moment of crisis loses his courage. He is first mate on a pilgrim ship bound for Mecca and after the ship collides with an unseen object and is in danger of sinking, he abandons ship leaving the human cargo to fend for its own. He is dogged by his guilt and spends years drifting around the East trying to find the right occasion by which he might redeem himself. Eventually he ends up in the forests of Malaysia where he becomes a god-like protector of the indigenous people and is given the title of "Lord." But no matter how successful Jim might appear to his followers, and to the omnipresent narrator of the novel, he still cannot forget his moment of weakness. Jim's self-centeredness prevents him from moving forward with his life and condemns him to a life of voluntary exile, all the time proclaiming that he is not good enough to live in the outside world. He is willing to risk all future happiness and fortune to be able to face his demons once again without losing his nerves. Ironically, it is his last "heroic" act that destroys all the good that Jim has painstakingly built up, essentially bringing chaos to his Eden like world.Read more ›
Ashamed and humiliated, Jim dedicates the rest of his life to two things: escape the memory of that fateful night, and redeem himself. This agonizing quest to recover his dignity in front of his own eyes leads him to hide in a very remote point in the Malayan peninsula, where he will become the hero, the strong man, the wise protector of underdeveloped, humble and ignorant people. Jim finds not only the love of his people, but also the love of a woman who admires him and fears the day when he might leave for good. The narrator, Captain Marlow (the same of "Heart of Darkness") talks to Jim for the last time in his remote refuge, and then Jim tells him that he has redeemed himself by becoming the people's protector. Oh, but these things are never easy and Jim will face again the specter of failure.Read more ›
Lord Jim is a fascinating, complex psychological character study of someone who bore on his back the burden of absolute, utter disgrace, yet who longed for an opportunity to demonstrate, at least to himself, if no one else, that his one great moral failure should not define the whole of his character. And thus he remained true to himself, to the bitter end. When all his colleagues ran off to avoid standing up and being held accountable, exposed to public scrutiny, public contempt, and public ridicule, Jim alone answered for his actions to the high maritime court. And when he had made that ill-fated bargain with a human devil incarnate, Gentleman Brown, that turned out SO badly, once again, he alone, stood up before the high judge and accepted his responsibility, and the final, inevitable decree. He could have fled, but instead, like Socrates, he saw nothing to flee to. He had acted thusly, he accepted his responsibility, and he held himself accountable to others whom had placed their faith and trust in him.Read more ›
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Rip off - the ado book does not work - I want to return - very unhappy-Published 28 days ago by acb
Conrad’s lengthy psychological novel, a classic for over a century, requires patient attentiveness on the part of readers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Plume45
The language in this book is great. The story is somewhat difficult to follow as a great portion flip flops in time.Published 2 months ago by James Mackowski
Despite what critics say, the story is extremely nostalgic of colonialism and of what good imperialism did to the mind development of personalities and countries.Published 2 months ago by Marco Notarnicola
I read this book long ago and gave it two stars. I thought at the time that it was really two books sort of sutured together at the nearly exact halfway point of the finished... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. P.
Review is for this particular edition, not the book. The book I purchased, on the Kindle, was labelled as 'illustrated' and 'formatted for e-readers'. Read morePublished 4 months ago by 8 String Samurai
This is a long drawn out book that I had so much trouble getting through for school.Published 6 months ago by Jennifer P
Once you get used to Conrad's way of writing narrative with multi-level quotations, you know this is a real gem, dark yet somewhat hopeful,depressing with moments of real clarity... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph C. Aiello, Jr.