Jim, no other name is given except the rather pretentious one of Lord, which he acquires later on A son of an English clergyman, who seeks adventure, among other things at sea And becomes the first mate of the rusty, old, local steamer Patna at the age of 23 Going from port to port, mostly in the western Pacific But everything changes, when taking 800 pilgrims to Mecca, something hits the ship underneath, springing a major leak, not good Opening a hatch, our friend Jim sees water flooding the Patna, any moment she will sink to the bottom of the abyss Reporting to the obese German captain, what he found The to be honest not brave officers of the steamer agree with Jim, and decide little time remains, before the vessel goes under What about all the passengers Never a big deal, a shortage of lifeboats, will doom them anyways No warning is given Besides, its every man for himself The captain and his officers take the only lifeboat left after a vigorous struggle and go overboard Leaving one man dead he collapsed of a heart attack The wavering Jim, finally jumps into the sea, to save himself, no hero Yet strangely the Patna doesn t disappear under the waves and everyone is rescued by a French gunboat Of course, all the officers careers are over, after they are picked up too by a different vessel, nobody would hire such cowards The first mate even testifies at the naval inquiry, the only one of the officers that does , all lose their papers Later Jim travels from Asian harbor to harbor, he gets supplies for ships in need but always sneaking off when his true identity is discovered People by then do not care, only the ashamed Jim, still fortune improves when meeting Captain Marlow, an old friend of his Soon Mr.Stein, a rich European trader with a fabulous butterfly collection, gives him a job, in an Indonesian island jungle He quickly helps to defeat a local warlord and receives the name Lord Jim for his vigorous efforts The Englishman has the power, he can do anything he wants there, finding love with a mixed race girl, life can be sweet, however will the moody man every cleanse his soul of his demons Enemies are around, trying to bring down Lord Jim s jungle kingdom.One of Joseph Conrad s greatest novels, the story of a man who seeks redemption, some place under the sun to live happily, fully, not be condemned for his past indiscretionsA beautiful dream Jim, A Young British Seaman, Becomes First Mate On The Patna, A Ship Full Of Pilgrims Travelling To Mecca For The Hajj When The Ship Starts Rapidly Taking On Water And Disaster Seems Imminent, Jim Joins His Captain And Other Crew Members In Abandoning The Ship And Its Passengers A Few Days Later, They Are Picked Up By A British Ship However, The Patna And Its Passengers Are Later Also Saved, And The Reprehensible Actions Of The Crew Are Exposed The Other Participants Evade The Judicial Court Of Inquiry, Leaving Jim To The Court Alone He Is Publicly Censured For This Action And The Novel Follows His Later Attempts At Coming To Terms With His Past The Novel Is Counted As One Of Best Books Of The Th CenturyJoseph Conrad , Was A Polish Author Who Wrote In English After Settling In England Conrad Is Regarded As One Of The Greatest Novelists In English, Though He Did Not Speak The Language Fluently Until He Was In His Twenties He Wrote Stories And Novels, Often With A Nautical Setting, That Depict Trials Of The Human Spirit In The Midst Of An Indifferent World He Was A Master Prose Stylist Who Brought A Distinctly Non English Tragic Sensibility Into English LiteratureContents Lord JimMemoirs Letters A Personal Record Or Some ReminiscencesThe Mirror Of The SeaNotes On Life LettersBiography Critical Essays Joseph Conrad A Biography By Hugh WalpoleJoseph Conrad By John Albert MacyA Conrad Miscellany By John Albert MacyJoseph Conrad By Virginia Woolf The outlook is bleak Conrad s last book of the nineteenth century offers the certainty that we can never be good enough, if you are lucky disillusionment will result, if less lucky disaster, and your own death will be a mercy Ideals, civilisation and values, even love, none have a chance in the face of our universal insufficiencies, however before we start getting too pessimistic the novel itself is an exercise in optimism at least Conrad demonstrates, we can talk about these things, even with aplomb and in foreign languages like English There is such magnificent vagueness in the expectations that had driven each of us to sea, such a glorious indefiniteness, such a beautiful greed of adventures that are their own and only reward What we getIn no other life is the illusion wide of reality in no other is the beginning all illusion the disenchantment swift the subjection complete p.101 In a heap of ways this book reminded me of Heart of Darkness, playing with the same themes, though from a different point of view, using the same Marlow narrator to frame the central narrative The Kurtz character is the central figure in this story but we are closer to him Conrad expands the stream of narration style to book length and in this edition Conrad added a later defence arguing that this was a realistic conceit, there have been longer speeches in parliament he says, however he doesn t seem to have settled the issue definitively by having the book recorded on to wax cylinders and inventing the audio book.The back cover records praise from Virginia Woolf, and it is not so far, I suppose, from stream of narrative to stream of consciousness.The chief thing which caught my attention at least to start with is how character driven the book is Conrad dreams up his Jim, sets him on the page like some clockwork toy and then watches his non linear progression what will happen to such and such a person when they are in a position when they realise they are not good enough, what will they do then If they were to get a second chance how might that come about and how might that chance play out, so long as we assume that every that happens must be congruent with Jim s character And there we go we have a novel It is quite remarkable.For a while I was uncomfortable with the storyline of broken white man floats in on native population and saves them, rules over them justly as their Lord, but Conrad wasn t comfortable with anything so straight forward either a happy colonialist ending was not congruent with his or Lord Jim s character.The downside is that Heart of Darkness is better, compressed, distilled, punchier, this book is only going to come out the worse in comparison. It has been over a week and a half since I last finished a book This is so extremely unusual I m trying not to hold it agains the collection of books I ve been reading that week in a half, but at times it s hard I find myself eyeing Ulysses suspiciously, poke The Reality Dysfunction every once in a while to see if it s moved, or tuck The Idiot in my purse to try to get through just a little Does anyone else think it s odd that a 600 Dostoyevsky book is the only one that will fit in my purse And Lord Jim, which I ve also had underway for most of that time And is the first of the bunch I actually finished Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Ponderous and difficult to follow, but still a beautiful piece of work I say difficult to follow in the sense that Conrad did not always balance his action and exposition in Lord Jim There were large sections of backstory or the minutia of character Certainly character is the cornerstone of this work in which a man buries himself deeper and deeper into a manageable backwoods fiefdom of sorts in order to escape his own failings on the larger stage of civilization, so it s hard to fault Conrad on this point The show, don t tell writers credo is perhaps driven home today than it was in his time, so my complaint is biased since I m viewing the book through a modern day reader s mentality And although I love philosophy so much I considered majoring in it in collage, I personally prefer to read work that moves Yes, do give me inner struggles, philosophizing, moralizing and the like, but I d rather they were slipped into the action, like a pill hidden in the dog s food in order to get the animal to eat it This animal will swallow pretty much anything if it s wrapped in a delicious facade I m only human. 785 Lord Jim, Joseph ConradLord Jim is a novel by Joseph Conrad originally published as a serial in Blackwood s Magazine from October 1899 to November 1900 An early and primary event in the story is the abandonment of a passenger ship in distress by its crew, including a young British seaman named Jim He is publicly censured for this action and the novel follows his later attempts at coming to terms with himself and his past 1997 1362 415 19 So much to say about this novel One one hand it s an adventure tale, but on the other it s a harbinger of the modern novel, told from various points of view, creating an almost cubist vision of one man s struggle with guilt and morality The prose is beautiful and the characters fascinating, every one of them plagued by their own inner demons Jim, himself, is almost a younger version of Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, but my favorite characters were probably Brierly, the forboding sea captain, and Stein amidst all his butterflies.This novel is steeped in so much beauty and melancholy The passages about the Patna disaster are devastating Well worth a read. Lord Jim is an incredibly frustrating book It s part imperial adventure, part psychological study, in the vein of Joseph Conrad s most famous work, Heart of Darkness However, whereas Heart was brief and elegant, Lord Jim is a repetitive slog I spent as much time trying to figure out who was telling the story as I did actually enjoying the story.The book tells of the eponymous Jim, who is a mate aboard the merchant ship Patna, which is carrying hundreds of Muslim pilgrims Mid voyage, the ship has engine trouble, and then starts taking on water A squall is coming The captain and crew is convinced that the Patna is going to sink They are equally convinced that telling the pilgrims of this fact will start a panic resulting in all their deaths So the brave captain and his hearty men depart the ship in a lifeboat Jim follows suit The only problem the ship doesn t sink Later, it is towed into harbor, with no loss of life The crew of the Patna, Jim included, go on trial before the shipping board Eventually, he loses his sailing certificate Of all the men, only Jim seems ashamed And he is really ashamed I mean pathological Most of this book is devoted to his all consuming wallow The story is told in typical Conrad fashion, by which I mean it utilizes every contrivance known to LOST The first section of the book is written in the third person This was my favorite part It was fast moving, uncluttered, and clear Then Marlow, the loquacious raconteur from Heart of Darkness shows up and starts spinning his story Apparently recovered from the jaundice he got searching for Kurtz, Marlow is in the mood to talk And talk And talk He s the quintessential drunk uncle on Thanksgiving Long after everyone else has fallen asleep watching the Dallas game, he s still there, wine in hand, telling you the same thing for the fourth time This was my first view of Jim He looked as unconcerned and unapproachable as only the young can look There he stood, clean limbed, clean faced, firm on his feet, as promising a boy as the sun ever shone onThe next roughly two thirds of the book is told in first person by Marlow This section utilizes nested dialogue, so that Marlow will be relating a story in which a person within that story is also relating a story The number of unreliable narrators in Lord Jim is astounding When you look at a page, you see a mass of quotation marks It all gets very confusing Just to make it confusing, every once in awhile the book will jump back to third person Then the book ends with a letter written by Marlow to an unnamed man who d been listening to the original story It was the nested dialogue that did me in There s really no reason why you have to use quotation marks as Marlow tells his story It would ve been much simpler to just shift the book from third to first person while Marlow talks, instead of working Marlow s extended monologue into the third person format, requiring the use of quotation marks inside quotation marks For whatever reason, Conrad is insistent on jamming these essentially first person narratives into third person This choice wasn t a big deal in Heart of Darkness because the framing device was much simpler start by introducing Marlow Marlow tells his story end with Marlow finishing story In Lord Jim, it s a much bigger problem, because the narrative is jumping all over the place There are stories told within stories at times it s like opening a Russian nesting doll There are dozens of tangents and digressions and trying to keep straight who s doing the talking whether it s Marlow or Jim or some other characters requires constant attention I was also disappointed by how repetitive this book was Marlow takes an interest in Jim, for reasons I can only surmise old man obsessed with young manoh I ll just stop , and tries to get him a job Jim takes the job, does a good job, then quits whenever the Patna is brought up So Marlow gets Jim another Job, Jim does a good jobetc Finally, Marlow, through the help of his friend Stein, finds Jim employment on the island of Patusan, in the Malay Archipelago Here, Jim becomes a benevolent Kurtz and earns his honorific Lord He falls in love with a mixed race girl named Jewel, becomes friends with Dain Waris, a chief s son, and generally seems content though he will never stop brooding about his moment of cowardice, to the point where I wanted to slap the taste right out of his mouth The finale comes when a buccaneer named Gentleman Brown invades Patusan and Jim shows that a man s character is indeed his fate There are parts to like about Lord Jim Conrad is a great writer, and it almost goes without saying that if you read this book, you will find masterful descriptions, colorful imagery, and incisively wielded similes.Every morning the sun, as if keeping pace in his revolutions with the progress of the pilgrimage, emerged with a silent burst of light exactly at the same distance astern of the ship, caught up with her at noon, pouring the concentrated fire of his rays on the pious purposes of the men, glided past on his descent, and sank mysteriously into the sea evening after evening, preserving the same distance ahead of her advancing bowsThe awnings covered her deck with a white roof from stem to stern, and a faint hum, a low murmur of sad voices, alone revealed the presence of a crowd of people upon the great blaze of the ocean Such were the days, still, hot, heavy, disappearing one by one into the past, as if falling into an abyss of ever open in the wake of the ship and the ship, lonely under a wisp of smoke, held on her steadfast way black and smoldering in a luminous immensity, as if scorched by a flame flicked at her from a heaven without pity The nights descended on her like a benediction. This is the classic tale of redemption a man, running from himself for a momentary act of cowardice which brings lasting shame, atones for it in the depths of the Eastern jungles Brilliantly plotted and beautifully written only the undertone of white supremacy strikes a sour note sometimes.
Joseph Conrad born J zef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was a Polish born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner He then began to work aboard Br
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