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on February 8, 2014
Conrad writes the most perfect of observations about human nature in the now romantic setting of a sailing ship, subject to the hazards of penurious owners, dangerous seas, & all manner of hardships. As a young man & as an older commander he knows the fallibility & failings of men, & does not pull his punches. This is seasoned with the pride of the best in doing their work well & sometimes in risking their lives to save the ship & thereby others on board, whether they deserve such heroism or not. It is more than adventure stories though. The text reflects on what has been learned the hard way, over a lifetime, & what sets apart men who will risk everything against the most powerful elements of wild wind & water. There is also chance, which unaccountably singles some men out for misery or greatness. Conrad's prose is unequalled. It moves easily from a brilliant description of place or mood to complex specialised proceedures; to the wider context of philosophy; & elegaic hymns of praise to the joys of being young & alive & of having your potential tried to its fullest, with no small degree of risk riding on the outcome. Such descriptions seem effortless & are always fluid & easy to read. Even at his most complex Conrad takes his reader by the hand & shows him what it is like to be a member of that crew. The sentences seem leisurely, but they are compact & full of necessary detail. Conrad never waffles. Like a hard-working man, he gets on with what is necessary.
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on July 20, 2016
I love this story (it's about 55-60 pages). It's not only a good read, but it's also quite important in the history of literature, appearing as it did at the end of the Victorian era and helping to usher in the modern era. If you only read one thing by Conrad, this could be it. Overshadowed by Heart of Darkness (for good reasons), but I like it better as literature.
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on May 21, 2013
The Kindle version of this book is different from what is advertised. If you need the case studies for a college class, you will have to order the actual book, not the Kindle version. I was very disappointed when I ordered the Kindle version to find that it only offered an intro to the author while the rest of the book remained the same. Luckily, Amazon lets you return it for a refund if you discover you have the wrong item.
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on May 2, 2015
A great book! I enjoyed reading it!
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on June 13, 2014
I love sailing and seafaring stories in general but the 3 in this book left me feeling a bit empty. Maybe it is the age of the stories or the nature of the times it describes, but each tale just seemed a bit ho-hum, and failed to excite me. Conrad spends a bit of time in each story developing the characters but only to the minimum necessary. I am probably very obtuse since I could never quite figure out who was the protagonist in any story; the stories all just seemed very flat to me.
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on November 30, 2014
Did not read
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