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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466200448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466200449
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Youth is about middle age; about the time when the "glow in the heart" dims and we look back in awe at the boundless faith of our early years. Like Heart of Darkness, it's narrated by Charles Marlow. And like Heart of Darkness, it's absolutely stunning, an unforgettable story, a book I will return to again and again.

Over a bottle of wine with friends, Marlow tells the tale of his disastrous first sea voyage to the East. Storms, collisions and explosions beset his vessel. Whatever can go wrong, does go wrong. Yet Marlow, now in his forties, remembers the journey with great happiness, as "the best time", a time when he felt indestructible, immortal, when he believed he "could last forever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men".

Marlow's companions nod in recognition. I did too. Being young and at sea: the best time. And all too soon it is gone and we too are sitting round a table with old friends, looking into tired eyes, seeing their lines and wrinkles, wondering where the years went and why we ever imagined we were all going to live forever.
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This is a tale of a young 2nd mate's first voyage in an old sailing ship that is trying to get to Bangkok, an exotic-sounding name that fills him with wonder. It's a hard-luck ship that has had to turn back three times before finally getting underway. But, why are the rats jumping ship ?
It's very enjoyable reading, humourous at times. Conrad describes life at sea in a manner that makes you want to have lived in that era. What always amazes me is his vocabulary, the exactness of his words ("the pellucid sky") . And English was a second language to him !
He captures the enthusiasm and romantic vision of life in the 2nd mate's reaction to a gale : "To me [the ship] was not an old rattle-trap carting about the world a lot of coal for a freight -- to me she was the endeavor, the test, the trial of life..."
The voyage continues without incident until, suddenly.....

I also recommend you read his book "Typhoon". That one really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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One of the English language's greatest authors spins a bittersweet tale of the sea and the end of youth. Superb.
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Excellent coming of age story at sea by the master of sea tales. Excellent read for any one who loves a good story well told.
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