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The Secret Sharer [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Conrad
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  • File Size: 190 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084B1N80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conrad rules October 6, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great short story and I highly recommend it. This kindle edition has a few type-o's that you only notice if you are reading to savor every word, like I was, but other than that it is perfect. I agree with the other reviewer who said it is haunting; it is haunting in that it stays with you in an agreeable way. I finished it two days ago and am still happily turning it over in my mind.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but incredible September 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book on my Kindle because it was free but I was astounded. I read it in my spare time over the course of a few days. Quick, easy read but enchanting and hauntinly moving.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story=5 Stars, Edition=1 March 3, 2010
"The Secret Sharer" is one of Conrad's final works of major short fiction and one of his best. However, since it is widely anthologized -- e.g., in Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction --, it is hard to justify buying a standalone. The story is certainly worth reading by itself, but one might as well get other excellent stories with it.

"The Secret" finds Conradreturning to the sea after a long absence and has much of the suspense and adventurous spirit of his early works. Indeed, it may well be his most suspenseful and conventionally entertaining work of all; its influence on later writers is easy to see. This is so much so that it can be enjoyed by nearly anyone on this surface level, but as always with Conrad, there is deep symbolic value. "The Secret" again dramatizes outsider status, though more subtly and ambiguously than prior works like "Amy." It also deals with other important themes, including the clash of rules and personal morality, authority vs. individualism, etc. Reading it alone has the virtue of leading one to more Conrad, but why not just get more along with it?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A case study for any leadership seminar February 1, 2009
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The Secret Sharer is part of Conrad's so-called Bangkok trilogy with stories set in Thailand and its waters.
The narrator is a young captain who was recently given his first command, taking a ship that he does not know, with a crew that he does not know, from Bangkok back to England. Only the 2nd mate is younger than the captain, and he is an unpleasant know-all, while the chief mate is a somewhat dumb older fellow. The whole population on board is skeptical about the new boss. That's what he thinks.

And then he has his first real crisis right after leaving Bangkok, having been tugged out of the river to the sea, where the ship lies at anquor, waiting for winds to take it to the South through the Gulf of Siam. A Liverpool steamer lies nearby, and at night a runaway from that ship comes to our hero: the former 2nd mate of the steamer has been under arrest for killing a sailor in a fight. He has escaped and looks for help. Inexplicably, our narrator decides to help, hiding the escapee in his cabin, which heightens the tension between him and his crew, since he needs to behave funny to avoid detection.

The 'secret sharer' is in every respect a 'double' of the captain: age, education, looks, attitudes. The captain decides to help him get away by keeping him on board and taking him to land further South. In order to do that he has to give ununderstandable instructions to his crew, who think he is crazy and will lose the ship.
Which he very nearly does. This is about sailing too close to land. A metaphor for many comparable situations when there are conflicting objectives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it June 7, 2014
By J. Kim
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This dual person was not anything or had anything to do with "that was my double" kinda crap. It's this person hiding like a stowaway pleading at the same time from death penalty to die on the plant walk... it was so good. That's a true story of his observance from his adventures -- not a foo foo traveling vacationers like leisure... some heffer poppin from nowhere it seems. like huh?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Secret Sharer: Conrad in His Element" January 4, 2013
By gregh
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"The Secret Sharer" is Conrad at his best. It tells the story of a young man on his maiden voyage as captain in the British Merchant Service, isolated and endangered by his loyalty to a stowaway. Conrad had a special gift for writing about young men — especially young seamen — facing a life-altering challenge. The novel "Lord Jim" is about a similar challenge, which the young seaman fails to meet, thus dooming himself in a very subtle area of his ego. Conrad's novella (half-way between a "short" story like "Sharer" and a novel) "The Shadow Line" also involves a nerve-wracking challenge to a young sea captain. Actually, the great novella "Typhoon" involves a challenge too, but to a much older sea captain.

At the time that Conrad decided to write "Sharer," he was working on a long, tense novel about Russia ("Under Western Eyes") that had nothing to do with the sea. It's a very fine novel, but Conrad suffered so much in scratching it out that the experience might have shortened his life. By contrast, he wrote "Sharer" with the greatest of ease, and it's almost perfect. Conrad had been a Merchant Service captain himself (which is how he happened to add English to his native Polish and near-native French), and it may be that he was more comfortable when the conflict was in his element, aboard ship.

At any rate, the "The Secret Sharer" raises questions that critics still don't agree on. One of them is simply whether the young captain is only imagining his secret guest. You be the judge, but I think there's a clear answer to that question. Above anything else, the story is exciting. It's long for a short story — almost a novella — but you might well find yourself reading it all in one sitting. If you like intelligent, vivid suspense, you're bound to enjoy this experience. The story can be read again and again, revealing new perfections each time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good for a short story. I didn't understand a lot of what was being talked about due to the fact that I am not knowledgeable of ships and the sea; but it was well written and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Andie
5.0 out of 5 stars poetic, suspenseful, exciting
I found this very short book as a Kindle freebie and loved it. The first pages are like poetry, Conrad's descriptions are so rich I felt I was looking at a photograph.
Published 4 months ago by Joanna
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre tale worth reading
Lengthwise,this is a novella at best. It's an odd tale of which I'm still not quite sure what to make. It would have made a good episode of The Twilight Zone.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful sea story by Conrad
A wonderful short story by a master of the language. It certainly made an impression on me.

It is a sea story about a young sea captain on his first voyage on a sailing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hill Country Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork that remains a great read.
A masterwork, and remains a great read. A gem that stands as a reminder that a short novel can be just as powerful, if not more so, than a long one.
Published 13 months ago by gsfword
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
My daughter read this for literary class in school. It was a bit hard to get into. The vocabulary was a little hard to understand at times.
Published 15 months ago by Thomas McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership as blind dating
Joseph Conrad, sea-dog-turned-novelist, deconstructs a wary blind date between leader and led in the hundred-year-old fictional gem, The Secret Sharer. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Executive Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Conrad
This is one of Conrad's more famous sea tales and is often attached to Heart of Darkness. It is a strange one about meeting your doppleganger. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ipy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble with Hiding on a Sailing Ship
Joseph Conrad's gorgeous, captivating short-short story titled, "The Secret Sharer" was written in 1909 and published in 1910. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David Island
2.0 out of 5 stars unstatisfiing
I didn't like the ending, and i found the story confusing and vage. nothing seemed to connect into complete thoughts, and i was always wondering if were two characters or just one... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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