Lord Jim

Lord Jim

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Introduction and Notes by Susan Jones, St Hilda's College, Oxford.

First published in 1900, Lord Jim established Conrad as one of the great storytellers of the twentieth century. Set in the Malay Archipelago, the novel not only provides a gripping account of maritime adventure and romance, but also an exotic tale of the East. Its themes also challenge the conventions of nineteenth-century adventure fiction, confirming Conrad's place in literature as one of the first 'modernists' of English letters.

Lord Jim explores the dilemmas of conscience, of moral isolation, of loyalty and betrayal confronting a sensitive individual whose romantic quest for an honourable ideal are tested to the limit. In this novel, Conrad draws on his background as Polish emigr#65533;, as well as his first-hand experience as a seaman, to experiment radically with the presentation of human frailty and doubt in the modern world.

Publisher: Ware : Wordsworth Editions Limited, 1993.
ISBN: 9781853260377
1853260371
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 18 cm.

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patch666
Mar 22, 2017

S great book

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fugeninkan
Feb 14, 2017

I read Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer in college, which was awhile ago, but had never read anything else by Conrad. After hearing Burroughs talk about him I decided to read more of his stuff. Lord Jim I found to be difficult reading. It is very dense and detailed and sometimes I became pretty impatient with it because of the slow pace in which the story is told. One part of the book, maybe five or ten pages I just skipped. A few times I just skimmed for awhile to get on with the tale. But it's not as difficult as Henry James or Joyce. And the story is actually pretty engaging. One other reviewer called Jim a "miserable cur" which I have to disagree with. He makes a terrible mistake for which he can never forget or entirely forgive. But he makes a great effort to redeem himself and to conduct himself in an honorable way. I also liked reading about the seafaring life of the 1880's and life on the tropical islands. After finishing the book I have to say that was worth the effort.

Tyler__J Jun 09, 2015

I am in awe of several things, but mostly the language. This is prose that could stand in the ring with Melville and give as good as it took. As penetrating a look into the meaning of honor - or what honor used to mean a hundred years ago - as anything ever written.

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wbellott
Aug 06, 2011

I just couldn't get into it. I guess I'm not a Conrad fan. I found Conrad's style and characters tiresome. Jim *is* a miserable cur.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Jim, a naive water-clerk on a cargo ship, jumps off when the ship starts to sink. Since the Captain and officers cannot be found Jim is tried for abandoning the ship and its 800 passengers.

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