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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT D. KAPLAN
COMMENTARY BY VIRGINIA WOOLF, HAROLD BLOOM, EDWARD SAID,
F. R. LEAVIS, AND ROBERT PENN WARREN

"Never were Mr. Conrad's felicity of phrase and charm of atmosphere more obvious. . . . A book of the rare literary quality of Lord Jim is something to receive with gratitude and joy."--The New York Times

Originally published in 1900, Lord J
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Paperback, 816 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1904)
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Al
Apr 07, 2013 Al rated it liked it
"I think this is one of Conrad's finest novels, on the same level as Nostromo (I should let it be known that, unlike most people, I found Nostromo and Lord Jim to be better than The Secret Agent and Heart of Darkness). Conrad created a very interesting, complicated character in "Lord" Jim, a man with intense inner struggles. It is compelling reading because while Jim suffers from feelings of regret and moral inferiority, he displays a convincingly strong external appearance. The reader learns th ...more
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Aug 14, 2007 Dennis Weiser added it
Recommends it for: any literate person
I read this about the time the Peter O'Toole movie version came out. My older brother was reading the book for a college course and left a copy laying around. I picked it up and was enthralled by the story. That English was Conrad's second language (his first: Polish) has always amazed me. Later, I would read Nostromo, following a lead in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. Nostromo has the whole western imperialism thing down; you can see America's follies in Vietnam and the Middle East written ...more
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Mar 04, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing
The ever fascinating tale of yearning towards heroism, shame and the heroism that arises from shame--Lord Jim. More beautiful writing you won't hope to read for a long time.
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Apr 12, 2009 Jacob marked it as to-read
Frustrating difficult for me to stick with, for whatever reason, and consistently goes from my "currently reading" list to my "to-read" list. Make of that what you will.
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Feb 14, 2011 Stacy Lewis rated it did not like it
Difficult to get into. Didn't enjoy it nearly as much as "Heart of Darkness"
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Aug 07, 2013 Phoenix rated it it was amazing
The stor of a young Midshipman escaping disaster an excellent classic
José Francisco
Apr 29, 2008 José Francisco rated it it was amazing
To be read with a cup of Porto and a cigar.
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Joseph Conrad (born Józef 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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