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Lord Jim Paperback – September 5, 2013
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''Lord Jim belongs to no era because it is timeless, novelistic art at its most sublime. . . Narrator Frederick Davidson is nothing short of perfection in his portrayal of Marlowe's complex persona. . . . '' --Library Journal --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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The novel is the story of Jim, an overly romantic seaman, who during a moment of crisis loses his courage. He is first mate on a pilgrim ship bound for Mecca and after the ship collides with an unseen object and is in danger of sinking, he abandons ship leaving the human cargo to fend for its own. He is dogged by his guilt and spends years drifting around the East trying to find the right occasion by which he might redeem himself. Eventually he ends up in the forests of Malaysia where he becomes a god-like protector of the indigenous people and is given the title of "Lord." But no matter how successful Jim might appear to his followers, and to the omnipresent narrator of the novel, he still cannot forget his moment of weakness. Jim's self-centeredness prevents him from moving forward with his life and condemns him to a life of voluntary exile, all the time proclaiming that he is not good enough to live in the outside world. He is willing to risk all future happiness and fortune to be able to face his demons once again without losing his nerves. Ironically, it is his last "heroic" act that destroys all the good that Jim has painstakingly built up, essentially bringing chaos to his Eden like world.Read more ›
Ashamed and humiliated, Jim dedicates the rest of his life to two things: escape the memory of that fateful night, and redeem himself. This agonizing quest to recover his dignity in front of his own eyes leads him to hide in a very remote point in the Malayan peninsula, where he will become the hero, the strong man, the wise protector of underdeveloped, humble and ignorant people. Jim finds not only the love of his people, but also the love of a woman who admires him and fears the day when he might leave for good. The narrator, Captain Marlow (the same of "Heart of Darkness") talks to Jim for the last time in his remote refuge, and then Jim tells him that he has redeemed himself by becoming the people's protector. Oh, but these things are never easy and Jim will face again the specter of failure.Read more ›
Lord Jim is a fascinating, complex psychological character study of someone who bore on his back the burden of absolute, utter disgrace, yet who longed for an opportunity to demonstrate, at least to himself, if no one else, that his one great moral failure should not define the whole of his character. And thus he remained true to himself, to the bitter end. When all his colleagues ran off to avoid standing up and being held accountable, exposed to public scrutiny, public contempt, and public ridicule, Jim alone answered for his actions to the high maritime court. And when he had made that ill-fated bargain with a human devil incarnate, Gentleman Brown, that turned out SO badly, once again, he alone, stood up before the high judge and accepted his responsibility, and the final, inevitable decree. He could have fled, but instead, like Socrates, he saw nothing to flee to. He had acted thusly, he accepted his responsibility, and he held himself accountable to others whom had placed their faith and trust in him.Read more ›
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For as cheaply as I got it ($13), it was a steal: near perfect condition and wholly genuine in its build: the leather binding was real- or at least felt and looked it, and the gold... Read morePublished 17 days ago by John LeBrun
I know it's a classic, and it was recommended to me by my brother-in-law...but, I struggled with the old writing style and vocabulary and sentence structure, and for the fact, the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Mulligan
Worth reading for the language and the setting in the South Seas but a long slow push to get through it. Victorian morality and a very long winded tale of a tragic hero. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Powerful, complex and captivating plus a little sad and I like sad. Justifiably viewed as a classic.Published 2 months ago by Richard
It was a really good book, and I think that it is comparable to other books by Joseph Conrad, most namely Heart of Darkness.Published 2 months ago by HarlequinHonor
This was a difficult slog. When you read something written this long ago and the sentences are often up to fifty words long the action plods. Read morePublished 2 months ago by joyful27
Conrad shows us the deliusion of romanticam and how it can lead to the deTh of its adherents. Prefigures the English aristocrats who walked romantically into the machine guns at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew M.