Victory: An Island Tale (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
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I am glad that I am alive, if, for no other reason, because of the joy of reading this book.' Jack London. First published in 1915, "Victory" follows the character Axel Heyst, a Swede who renounces the world and lives on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago. He is shaken from his self-imposed isolation, however, after a chance encounter with Lena, a young Englishwoman in a touring ladies' orchestra. Axel comes to her aid when she is accosted by a loutish hotel owner. They seek refuge on his island, and Axel begins to see the value of life as a relationship with Lena unfolds. All too soon, however, three men set on revenge for the hotel owner, arrive on the island. The events that follow spiral into a devastating tragedy, and Conrad ultimately compels readers to decide on what constitutes defeat or victory in this characteristically descriptive, powerful narrative.
  

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User Review  - Cecrow - LibraryThing

In the first part we get an outsider's view of Axel Heyst's character, actions and motives without being certain who he is or what actually drives him. I found this off-putting until the second part ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

As far as Conrad novels go, this was... well, pretty standard. The big difference is that it's not narrated by 'Marlowe,' so the prose is a little more readable. It's pretty pessimistic, of course. If ... Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE
9
CHAPTER TWO
12
CHAPTER THREE
17
CHAPTER FOUR
20
CHAPTER FIVE
23
CHAPTER SIX
31
CHAPTER SEVEN
34
PART TWO
36
CHAPTER SEVEN
112
CHAPTER EIGHT
117
CHAPTER NINE
119
CHAPTER TEN
124
PART FOUR
132
CHAPTER TWO
136
CHAPTER THREE
140
CHAPTER FOUR
143

CHAPTER TWO
41
CHAPTER THREE
48
CHAPTER FOUR
51
CHAPTER FIVE
54
CHAPTER SIX
60
CHAPTER SEVEN
67
CHAPTER EIGHT
76
PART THREE
84
CHAPTER TWO
88
CHAPTER THREE
89
CHAPTER FOUR
97
CHAPTER SIX
108
CHAPTER FIVE
147
CHAPTER SIX
155
CHAPTER SEVEN
158
CHAPTER EIGHT
160
CHAPTER NINE
166
CHAPTER TEN
172
CHAPTER ELEVEN
176
CHAPTER TWELVE
184
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
188
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
190
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About the author (2004)

Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

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