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The Nigger of the "Narcissus" (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, March 23, 2016
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"This edition is particularly good for students at the introductory level because of the chronology and helpful introduction." --Mary Morzinski, Berry College
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Conrad suggests he was among the crew but at other times assumes the stance of an omniscient observer (as when he reports that conversation between Donkin and Jim Wait in the closed deck house). Yet he does this in other novels and I can live with it for the reward of his evocation of the sea--at least I think it's a realistic evocation of the sea, I who have voyaged only in air conditioned cruise ships and a small inland sail boat.
More important than Conrad's nautical narration is his penetration into the psyche of nearly everyone on board. The first customer reviewer was wrong to say that "the loathsome Donkin" stands for the crew and to align the novel with political literature. A great humanistic work cannot be demeaned to the status of a political analysis, at least this one can't.
The last pages of the novel are as melancholy a picture of the vanished men of a dead age as I can imagine. They have undergone three fates (except for Donkin, who of course succeeds): death at sea, death by land, and transfer to a steam vessel, the latter equated with a sort of death.
Even the material remnants of that age are fragmentary and unsatisfactory, a few ships in dock as museum specimens and the great East India docks transformed to the trendy "Docklands" development.
For me, the portrayal of the gale that had the two and a half dozen men strapped to the ship as it lolled in tremendous waves for twenty-four hours ON ITS SIDE (how scary is that?), is the highlight of the novel. For Conrad, though, I think he meant it to be the tale of a black seaman who came on board, feigned illness to get out of his duties, and then slowly but surely realized that he really was very sick and was facing his imminent death.Read more ›
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This thick gothic like narrative is first of all a big bore and difficult to find any redeeming qualities in. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Luis Madrid
Book three of my "Reading through Conrad" experiment. This one I listened to on audio book and the experience really showcases the weaknesses of the format. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by SG
The Narcissus is about to set sail from Bombay to London and a crew is mustered. Amongst them is Donkin,a surly agitator who demands his rights, and James Wait, a huge black man... Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by An admirer of Saul
This book was titled "Children of the Sea" in the American edition. It's a quite good book, some what the form of it falls in between a novel and a shortstory. Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by Rune Rindel Hansen
This is simply one of the best books ever written about men and going to sea.(period)Published on December 19, 2008 by keno