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Selected Short Stories

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Chosen and Introduced by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury, and Chairperson of the Joseph Conrad Society. This specially commissioned selection of Conrad's short stories includes favourites such as "Youth: A Narrative," a modern epic of the sea; "The Secret Sharer," a thrilling psychological drama; "An Outpost of Progress," a blackly comic prelude to Hear ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published January 5th 1997 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd. (first published 1917)
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David
I had some conflict rating this book. If it were based on Conrad's writing style, use of murky or ambiguous ethical scenarios, mystery, and savagery, I would rate it five stars. I greatly enjoyed 'An Outpost of Progress,' 'The Lagoon,' 'Prince Roman,' and 'The Tale,' but the short stories selections from his collections titled "Youth: A Narrative and other Stories" and "Typhoon and Other Stories" did not really appeal to me. I guess I prefer his earlier and later short stories. Much more of Conr ...more
Justin
**Note: This book was only marked for the story of "Il Conde", which we read in my English class for our unit. And this helps my challenge. :P

"Vedi Napoli e poi mori. [See Naples and then die.]"

This story is about a guy that everyone calls Il Conde. The narrator, which is not him, listens to the Count retell a story of a crime he encountered while the narrator was away. It involves him and a Cavaliere, or a Mafia man. What is this crime that he is talking about?

Well, for me, this was a bit co
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Rob Walter
Joseph Conrad combines three elements in his writing: compelling plots, evocative writing and dark subtexts. His settings are wonderful - African river banks redolent with freshwater mud in stifling humidity, Malay islands lush and forbidding, and the constant moral challenge of the high seas. His protagonists are rich and flawed and invariably surrounded by characters just as interesting. The drama is always perfectly pitched - races against time, ambitious deceptions, failures not yet realised ...more
Ivan
Conrad, seperti yang terlihat diwajahnya, menunjukan ketetapan hati, bahkan semacam kekerasan. Dalam, bahkan aku bilang hampir seperti Dostoevsky. Bedanya, Conrad is an Englishman. Hmm akan menarik menyimak Conrad dan Thomas HArdy hadir bersama dan bercakap-cakap....
Tyas
Joseph Conrad = the man whose work affected me with seasickness and depression that would last some long years. But I might try his work again now that I think I've past that melancholy (sort of).
Shreya Bakre Joshi
Romanticism. Old English at times.
So some heavy duty reading.
Only for ardent readers, I'd say..
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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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