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The Rescue [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Conrad
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The great Conrad's 1920 novel was one of the last to be published before his death four years later. The plot follows the mislaid plans of protagonist Captain Tom Lingard, who, on his way to help a native friend regain his land, falls in love with a married woman whose yacht he saves from floundering.
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  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 733 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846372453
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (January 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JQU3XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten Conradian gem June 7, 2011
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Critics sniff at this book and consider it a failure. I don't. The first hundred pages or so are pure magic. Also, the woman who is at the heart of the story is Conrad's best realized female character. It's free online, so why not read it and make up your own mind? Characterizations and details, as usual, are flawless. The unexpected denouement will live in your memory for a long time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lingards Dilemna November 11, 2001
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The familiar Conrad hero Captain Tom Lingard(Outcast of the Islands) comes to the rescue of an English pleasure yacht that has foundered in the shallows just as war is about to break out between Malay tribes. Tom has war supplies including gunpowder stored in his own boat that has been turned into a fort and Tom's decisions will greatly effect the outcome of the war. Meanwhile though there is the English problem which Tom sees as being just that until he spies on board a lovely woman. Thats enough to distract our hero from his more pressing war time duties. Romantic Tom recalls Lord Jim and is in fact Jims brother, but he is not as complex or as troubled as Jim was so this is more a tale of pure adventure. External events take precedence over internal conflicts and so the adventure can be enjoyed for just that. Not one of Conrads most important works but still it exerts a lot of appeal. Anything by the best writer ever of sea and island tales is worth my time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Conrad is one of those authors whose books I read years apart in order to make his oeuvre last the course of my lifetime, and because they are emotionally disturbing. This book is one that I would put in the same category as his book titled 'The Rover.' Although the themes of the two books are dissimilar, they pull upon the same heartstrings in their treatment of love, loyalty and duty.
'The Rescue' expands these themes beyond the merely personal and places them within the context of the clash of cultures; social, historical, and political.
Enough of pretentiousness. What happens is that a magnificent specimen of a man gets caught up in native intrigue in the Indonesian Archipelago as he seeks to make good on a promise made years ago to a native prince intent upon restoring his claim to the throne. Problems arise when the personal yacht of a British diplomat enroute from Manila to Singapore runs aground at precisely the spot where our hero's promise is to be kept.
Suffice it to say that the yacht and its contents become the objects of desire to all the parties involved for various conflicting reasons.
Resolution of these conflicts invariably ends in tragedy, as Conrad himself predicts numerous times in the course of his narration.
Anyone who has been smitten by love at first sight will find this story especially engaging and sad and wonderful.
I take especial pleasure in Conrad's wonderfully improbable sentence structure and eccentric word play. His are the only sentences that I can take pleasure from reading repeatedly to myself in order to fully appreciate or comprehend the thought being conveyed.
I call this novel prescient because it appears obvious to me that F. Scott Fitzgerald borrowed heavily from this book when writing 'The Great Gatsby,' as the underlying themes of the two books are too similar and non-universal for there not to be a connection. Read them both and see if you don't agree.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Starts Well But Ends Badly June 23, 2012
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I tried to give this no stars but, alas, kindle won't go below one star. The novel starts well with Conrad's wonted power and incisiveness but degenerates about half-way through into the badness of which Conrad is also capable. It tells the story of the rescue of a British yacht stranded in the shallows by the hero of the novel, Captain Lingard, whom we might know from the earlier novel An Outcast of the Islands. The owner of the British yacht, Mr. Travers, intends studying the Dutch colonial system in the region, but the fate of Mr. Travers and the other people in the yacht lies in the hands of Captain Lingard, an adventurer, the only person capable of delivering the party out the hands of the warlords living on the coast. Mr. Travers objects to Captain Lingard but his wife, Edith, falls in love with him. What occurs is a kind of platonic dalliance between Captain Lingard and Mrs. Travers, at the expense of Mrs. Travers' husband. Mr Travers is a person we have grown used to disliking--race-conscious, class-conscious, patronizing towards women--but one would think he might properly object to the shenanigans conducted by Captain Lingard and his wife, notwithstanding the fact that he has, Conrad is quick to point out, a bald spot in the middle of his hair. In pursuance of this tawdry affair Conrad's writing becomes melodramatically awful. The novel rests on the account of the affair between Captain Lingard and Mrs. Travers and so must fail. The other characters--d'Alcacer, Jorgenson, Carter, Shaw--do not have sufficient interest (d'Alcacer is world-weary; Jorgenson represents death) to do anything for this novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read it if you enjoy Conrad. November 4, 2013
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Long drawn out chapters with some action but not enough to keep ones complete attention. It was not a book to read if you wanted to be captured by the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conrad's rescue August 13, 2013
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Not his best work but good. I have always like Conrad and have read many of his books. This is the first time for The rescue. The story was well written although a bit wordy for today but perfectly appropriate for when it was written.However, I was surprised by the ending. It was not what I expected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A real Classic
Very good.and fast moving. Stories remind me of more modern works like the Jack Reacher series. Plan on reading the rest of the series.
Published 11 months ago by Robert Boardman
2.0 out of 5 stars The Rescue
It was the first Joseph Conrad book I've read and it was a slow read for me. Took too long to introduce the characters.
Published 12 months ago by Sue Schumacher
2.0 out of 5 stars Could not get into the reading of this book
This was a very painful book to read through. It may be enjoyed by someone, but it never struck my fancy. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Bryington
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good yarn.
Conrad has an incredible command of language, but at times, uses it to excess---so much so that I found myself admiring the prose and technique, instead of becomming immersed in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by pemberton@clubnet.co.nz
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best use of my time
I tried really hard to finish this book, but I just couldn't--it moved too slowly for my taste. I hardly ever give up on a book, but I just couldn't spend any more time on it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peggy
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good read any Nicholas sparks book is worth the read.... I highly suggest this book.. I really enjoyed this book
Published 14 months ago by Crystal Douthti
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't click
Not every highly touted author can be successful with all readers. Conrad's writing style didn't pull me into the story let alone keep me interested.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars the rescue
Well written and interesting story. looking forward to reading more from this author.Keep up the good work and good luck.
Published 16 months ago by richard chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great quick read. It is very descriptive and I love the storyline of this book. Can't wait to read others like it.
Published 16 months ago by Chelsea Cornell
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying to get to the plot
I have read some of Joseph's books, but was entirely bogged down in this. I found it to be very verbose. I can manage some descriptions but felt this was entirely overdone. Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by glitzgirl
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