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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199539030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199539031
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cedric Watts is an authority on Conrad and the author of numerous books and articles on Conrad including Joseph Conrad: A Literary Life (1989), A Preface to Conrad (2nd edn 1993), and Joseph Conrad (1994). For OWC he has edited Heart of Darkness and Other Tales and other Conrad books for other publishers, most recently Lord Jim for Broadview Press.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By moose/squirrel on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Conrad was one of the most psychologically subtle of English novelists, and his century-old portrait of Captain McWhirr in the title story is unforgettable - not so much because of the drama, though there's eventually plenty of that, but because of Conrad's unsurpassed ability to describe complex, perfectly convincing characters you've never read about before. McWhirr is a strange mixture of meticulousness and stupidity, shyness and guts, small-mindedness and fair play. By the end of the story, you still think he's very much a fool and probably incompetent to command a sailing vessel. Yet you can't discount his determination and ability to do exactly what's needed (as well as what's right)when the time for action arrives.

Those whose reading skills are pushed to the limit by celebrity bios won't understand or appreciate this book. Despite the one-star reviews below, there are no "gay" characters here, and no sex at all. So if that's what you want, look elsewhere. But if you're up to a classic of English fiction, written with an enormous sensitivity to language (Conrad, BTW, grew up speaking Polish and only began English in his teens) these stories will stick with you.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "princessjeanne111" on January 20, 2003
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For the other reviewers, I can't believe that the only things you gathered from the book was that it was about 2 gay men and a typhoon. The book is about how people react in times of crisis, and how sometimes you can't run away from your problems; you have to face them head-on. We have MacWhirr, who is innocent, calm, and quiet, yet unwaivering and unknowingly bold during the time of disaster. Then there's Jukes, who jabbers constantly, passes judgement on people, and during time of crisis he freezes, is mostly pessimistic, and practically daydreams. And finally, there's the second mate, who is an all around sneaky and immoral person, who during bad times often "jumps ship" and declares defeat before it's even begun. MacWhirr says many times throughout the story that you have to face things, and you don't know if somethings really bad unless you have been right in the middle of it. It's a story about a man who's had his normal, peaceful life turned upside-down by an unrelenting and, in the end, revealing storm.
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One of my Favorite writers, Joseph Conrad excels in this book of shorter works. When it arrived it was in PERFECT condition! Thank you!
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By Liliane Aubert on August 11, 2013
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I sent this book to my grandson in the States, but I read the copy I had. Conrad is such a good story teller and just grips you.
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