Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard, Volume 1

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2006 - Fiction - 412 pages
11 Reviews
The narrative deals with the ideals of a man and his inability to live up to them. The vividly drawn characters are dealt with severe blows at the hands of fate. It is a story of betrayal and deceit of the protagonist; not only to the other characters but also to his own principles. A beautiful amalgamation of the past and the present is ingeniously presented. An intriguing read.
 

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User Review  - BayardUS - LibraryThing

I thought it a strange choice for Conrad to name this book Nostromo, as I found that character to be particularly problematic. He plays a very minor role in the beginning half of this novel, though ... Read full review

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User Review  - missizicks - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful novel, redolent with the atmosphere of 19th century South America, the coming of the railways, the exploitation of the land and minerals and the upheaval of revolution and ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER TWO
9
CHAPTER FOUR
26
CHAPTER FIVE
42
CHAPTER SIX
55
CHAPTER SEVEN
109
CHAPTER ONE
169
CHAPTER THREE
190
CHAPTER FIVE
217
CHAPTER SIX
263
CHAPTER SEVEN
285
CHAPTER EIGHT
349
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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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