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Youth A Narrative Paperback – September 12, 2013
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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.
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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This is a good story to read on a birthday, like my 65th yesterday, when you wonder where your youth went and what remains of it as you peer forward into the precious and unknown... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Len Edgerly
Another great novel by Joseph Conrad. Always disturbing and moving you to question yourself once more.Published 5 months ago by Jose Santos Pais