Conrad can take a simple idea and gradually pull out of it the deep complexities of man. Typhoon is a novella that basically cooks a brilliant story out of a storm + a boat + Captain MacWhirr and his crew. Setting was fantastic. Char ...more
I think Conrad is the true heir to Shakespeare, for even though not a native English speaker himself he harnessed the language with astonishing power and brilliance. When he describes a storm, you can taste and feel the sea water against your face. And I doubt he has a rival depicting moral ambiguity. Life is continually pushing into the unknown, facing down some un ...more
He is an artist of the English language and the fact that it is not his first langauge makes his virtuosity all the more astounding. Typhoon is more about a storm of humanity amidst a chaotic event than about the storm itself.
MacWirr is a simple, brutally honest and innocent, almost naive, seaman. No doubt Conrad had seen his like many times before. As he liked to say ...more
This is the disintegrating power of a great wind: it isolates one from one's kind. An earthquake, a landslip, an avalanche, overtake a man incidentally, as it were--without passion. A furious gale at...more
Vero capolavoro di equilibrio compositivo e di intensità espressiva, questo racconto fonde in maniera perfetta una strabiliante potenza descrittiva dell'evento naturale e una sottile capacità introspettiva dell'animo umano.
Le scene della tempesta richiamano alla memoria immagini, atmosfere, colori e suoni dell'Inferno dantesco, sia nello scatenarsi furioso degli elementi, sia nel groviglio violento dei corpi e delle emozioni. ...more
Why do I like Joseph Conrad so much? I am drawn by the power of the sea and of dark, barely explored lands, held by the power of a good yarn, but most of all amazed by astonishing character studies presented in flawless prose by a man who did not speak English until his twenties and had no published works until he was thirty-five. In Typhoon, Conrad steers us into the eye of a storm with the taciturn, unimaginative Captain MacWhirr in command. Whether we shall co ...more
"Di tempeste ne aveva incontrate, naturalmente. Era stato bagnato fino all'osso, sbattuto, travagliato... Ma non aveva mai intravisto la forza incommensurabile e la collera smodata, la collera che passa e si esaurisce senza ma ...more
Non dimenticherò il capitano MacWhirr, alla fine del racconto ho sentito per lui un enorme affetto. La sua decisione, quello ...more
The writing is majestic - the tension of the plot, the depth of the characters (or intentional lack of depth as it suits the theme), the moral dilemmas, the shifts ...more
Ho letto un estratto su un libro di testo alle medie e mi ha catturato.
Una nave in mezzo alla tempesta, l'intrepido comandante al timone che tenta il tutto e per tutto con il suo mozzo/assistente.
Ma tutto ciò dura 2 pagine forse, poi solo e soltanto "e la nave rollava" "e i cinesi nella stiva stanno morendo sballottati qua e là".
Quando alla fine la nave giunge al porto si tira finalme...more
It is hard to decide if the descriptions of the 'Celestials' are simply a product of their time, or a more ironic comment on the inherent racism of the British empire. The captain's undemonstrative humanity hints at the latter, but I don't know enough about Conrad to decide.
I particularly loved the tragic 'letter- ...more
Joseph Conrad's writing is flawless. If I had any complaint from his other books that I have read (Heart of Darkness & Lord Jim), it would be that he can be too dense at times. Lord Jim, especially, seemed to ramble on quite a bit, and though the writing was beautiful, I think it could have benefited from some editing.
Typhoon does not suffer from this flaw. Conrad perfectly balances description, pacing, dialogue, and character development. As usua ...more
Mi sono ritrovata a passare da un comodo divano a una nave in mezzo a una tempesta, preoccupandomi per la mia sorte e altalenando tra la speranza di rivedere casa e la paura di perire insieme ai coolies.
Fortunatamente (oppure no?) alla fine mi sono ritrovata sul divano.
Typhoon is about a stai ...more
Not so. Silly me. In defense I'll mention that it had been quite a while since I'd read Conrad.
What sets writing like this apart as real literature is the fact that it's about more than just the storm. And h ...more
I think one reason I don’t write and publish more than I do is because I am far too slow on the trigger. The ubiquity of blogging hasn’t helped this any since I usually find that someone else much more intelligent and articulate than I has blogged on what I think of as MY SUBJECT in a manner far more perspicacious, acute and interesting than I could manage. Take Charles Simic’s meditation on boredom during the recent power outages along the east coast, blog ...more
The author's introduction mentioned this and three other stories, so I was somewhat worried that all four stories would be together; I'm not a huge fan of short stories and the book wasn't very long to hold four not-short stories. Luckily, this edition only had Typhoon; the other stories were published individually, which made it a short novel.
The plot itself was straightforward and rather obvious from the title. What m ...more
"Typhoon" was my favourite of the three. The way Conrad writes it, you get a really good idea of what it is to be caught in the middle of such a storm, both physically and mentally.
If you have to choose between getting "Typhoon" by itself or in a collection wi ...more
Last sentence: "I think that he got out of it very well for such a stupid man."
Plot summary (Wikipedia):
This is a classic sea yarn that describes how Captain MacWhirr sail ...more
My thrill at having experienced the excellent caliber of authorship found in Typhoon cannot be understated. His words and way absolutely envelope me. His skill at telling a story is just plain mind shattering. He drew me in, engaged me, kept me wondering, and held me in suspense, and then he put me down perfectly. All done by way of the direct yet subtly stylish voice that in my less than humble opinion all great writers should have. Wise he is and he even brings to bare excellent com ...more
Meh. I'm not sure why I'm so underwhelmed by this story - it had all the elements of a good tale: interesting characters, a setting at sea, dramatic descriptions of human fate pitted against nature, and Conrad's typical understated irony.
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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 Bri ...more