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- Print Length: 153 pages
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- Publication Date: May 12, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082ZE4V6
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Almayer's Folly: a story of an Eastern river Kindle Edition
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Like An Outcast of the Islands Almayer's Folly deserves to be read. In these two novels Conrad conveys a theme that is even today still originally relevant: the passion between a man and a woman. What I mean to say is that Conrad's writing on the passion between man and woman does something that any writing before it does not do and any writing after it fails to superannuate. This is something that the Oxford reprint of An Outcast of the Islands does not recognize (being often concerned, apart from bare presentation of the novel, to disparage Conrad's English).
Almayer's Folly is reminiscent of V S Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas: like Mr Biswas Almayer has great plans to improve himself in the future. However, where Mr Biswas seems to succeed (building a house for himself), it is Almayer's plight to be completely disappointed, dying in the tropics without seeing Europe, even if, paradoxically, he manages something of a spiritual triumph in forgetting before he dies his beautiful daughter who has left him for a Balinese prince. Yet, though Almayer forgets his daughter, he seems to be gripped by a tragedy that he does not rise above.