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The Portable Conrad (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Conrad , Michael Gorra
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A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusions-Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This revised edition of The Portable Conrad features the best known and most enduring of Conrad's works, including The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness, and The Nigger of the "Narcissus," as well as shorter tales like "Amy Forster" and "The Secret Sharer," a selection of letters, and his observations on the sinking of the Titanic.




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"This is the best one-volume selection of Conrad available. Michael Gorra's learned and acute introduction puts both Conrad, and Conrad criticism, in essential context."
-James Wood

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"This is the best one-volume selection of Conrad available. Michael Gorra's learned and acute introduction puts both Conrad, and Conrad criticism, in essential context."
-James Wood


Product Details

  • File Size: 1085 KB
  • Print Length: 756 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic; Reprint edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001JK9BWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection March 7, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This great collection has three of Joseph Conrad's excellent short novels -- The...Narcissus (Amazon won't allow the full title), Heart of Darkness, Typhoon) -- and two excellent short stories "Youth" and "The Secret Sharer." This is not only convenient but a great value, making the book a great buy for anyone who can track it down.

Though not in Joseph Conrad's top tier, The...Narcissus (Amazon won't allow the full title) is an excellent novel that would be most writers' best. Conrad turned to writing when nearly forty after more than twenty years at sea, and his early work is dominated by what he experienced on his many voyages. This is no different but significant in coming after his last trip, thus serving as both a goodbye to the sea and a formal introduction to writing. It is not his first novel but is in many ways his most representative - the culmination of his early sea adventure slant and the real beginning of the dense psychological penetration characterizing his masterpieces. Conrad wrote that it was the book by which he would stand or fall as an artist, and so it is; nearly everything great about his later work is here, and there are bits of excellence to which he rarely or never returned. He stands tall indeed.

Like nearly all Conrad, the book works on two levels. The most obvious is a rollicking sea adventure. Those who love the picaresque voyages so common in nineteenth century literature will hardly find a better one; this has all the excitement, suspense, and drama one could want. The voyage has many trials: grueling challenges, hairs-breadth escapes, great tests of strength and stamina, and more. Nearly everything bad that could happen does, pushing weathered sailors to the max in a way that is both entertaining and a tribute to human will and endurance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New edition March 19, 2012
By Bobby52
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Buyers be aware that the current Penguin edition of the Portable Conrad has a different selection of stories from the earlier edition. Several of the reviews refer to stories which are no longer included. (Check out the table of contents!) Still, it is a great selection, including the Secret Sharer (but no longer including Youth).
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4.0 out of 5 stars intense Read December 14, 2011
By Karin
Format:Kindle Edition
I just want to say that this is a great concentration of essays, and Conrads writings, both pro and against Joseph Conrad. If you are not ready to sit down and delve into the mystery and multiple connotations his writings have to offer, then don't purchase this book, it takes time, patience and most of all a desire to understand. His novels have been viewed racist, apocalyptic, humanistic, sympathetic or even as a visual tool of his time. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read December 30, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This item was bought for my husband as per his Christmas list. He was pleased to receive the book on Christmas day! It arrived on time and was easy to order.
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