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Classic shortish story by Conrad that relates his self-thought alienation from British society, as a young foreign man survives a shipwreck off the coast of Kent, England only to be shunned by most of the townsfolk. The one exception is the loving, if dull-witted, Miss Foster. (Summary by BellonaTimes)
Paperback, 28 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 (first published 1901)
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Amy Foster, a short story by Joseph Conrad, reveals the great range and depth of the master’s ability.

Though a short story, or novella, the language is tight and the imagery is thick with multiple meanings and the story reads slow and pregnant with interpretations. The most ready to mind is that this is strongly inspired by his own experience as a central European living in England and feeling socially and culturally isolated from those around him. While this departs from his usual stories cent
This was a sweet short story. It was about this man who was victim of a shipwreck to which he was the only survivor. Coming from a far-away country that doesn't speak English, he does not understand anybody (nor anyone can understand him) and therefore he is taken by a madman. Amy Foster, a sweet, kind young girl, sees that he means no harm and then she helps him by giving him some food. After that moment starts Yanko's love for her, calling her “charitable lady”.

It is said that this book is som
Maddy Hutter
This is a short story about a man who is shipwrecked on the English coast and stumbles ashore unable to speak any English. He is poorly treated by the villagers who distrust him and it is only a simple servant girl who falls in love and marries him. But things go poorly between them even after the birth of a son. Conrad is a subtle writer and there are tragic dimensions to this sad tale.
This was an interesting read. Short, sweet, and to the point. Amy Foster falls in love with a foreign man who was in a shipwreck, despite what the rest of town thinks. Their love develops quickly and deeply and it seems like nothing can keep them apart. However, things aren't always what they seem. Like any dramatic love story, things moved too quickly and the consequences are a bit drastic.
This story did not work for me. It felt more like an outline of a story that was never fully fleshed out. I think that this was mostly the result of the way the story was told - from the first person by someone who heard it told to them from someone else. Anyone who has every played telephone knows that the further removed you are from the actual events, the more diluted and distorted the story gets. Rather than getting into the main characters' heads to find out what their motivations are, we h ...more
Erin Flynn
So this is a short story on which the movie "Swept from the Sea" was based. I don't know why but for some reason last night the movie popped into my head, I haven't seen it in years, but remembered how much I liked it. It's overwhelmingly sad but really opens your eyes to the importance of treating people with kindness. I really enjoyed the story, though I don't know if I would have as much if I had not seen the movie first. The author is wonderful though, very talented with imagary and prose. I ...more
Laura Morrigan
A good story, although I liked the movie based on it, Swept By The Sea, better. The main flaw of this story is it is told by an outsider who liked the man but disliked Amy. Amy is a free spirit, and, in the time and isolated place in which she lives is seen as a bit simple, or worse. She falls in love with a foreign man, the sole survivor of a shipwreck, and they are married, but tragedy takes him from her.

The reason I enjoyed the movie more was it was shown more from her point of view, and her
This is a novella (or is the correct term "novelette") about this one emigrant who is shipwrecked off the English coast. He finds himself in a village where no one can understand him. I found it pretty heart-touching, which is surprising because the narrator is actually someone who is a friend of a doctor is in turn narrating the story to him. Also, the characters are never actually fleshed out. It's amazing that Joseph Conrad didn't learn to speak English fluently until his twenties but could d ...more
"She fell in love silently, obstinately-perhaps helplessly. It came slowly, but when it came it worked like a powerful spell; it was love as the Ancients understood it: an irresistible and fateful impulse- a possession! Yes, it was in her to become haunted and possessed by a face, by a presence, fatally, as though she had been a pagan worshipper of form under a joyous sky-and to be awakened at last from that mysterious forgetfulness of self, from that enchantment, from that transport, by a fear ...more
He just never disappoints me
The story troubles me. I don't understand why Amy, though attracted at first, becomes afraid of Yanko; why she refuses to understand and communicate with him; and why Yanko's foreign tongue represents unintelligible, appalling savageness to people around him all through the novel.
Is the author depicting Western's imperialism over the Orient by symbolizing Yanko as exotic, mysterious and foreign? And what effect does the third person narrative from Kennedy, with his sympathetic and objective view
Being a shipwrecked (moved from Denmark to USA 30 years ago) this short story really spoke to me. Beautiful description of the frustration of being a well-functioning stranger in a world that does not understand him.
Kathryn Cody
Trying to wean myself off paying for audible books. Listened to this as a volunteer production from audiobooks. The reader was uninspiring, lacking dramatic impact and stuttering at times. So hard to tell if it were the story or the delivery. Haven't read Conrad since college. It is an excellent portrayal of prejudice and hoe defining someone as 'other' reduces them to inhumanity and justifies bad treatment simply because they're different.
Jacob Rouse
"The doctor came to the window and looked out at the frigid splendor of the sea, immense in the haze, as if enclosing all the earth with all the hearts lost among the passions and fear."
Marts  (Thinker)
A sort of unusual short story by Conrad focusing on the effects of alienation on an individual in society due to ignorance.

César Lasso
A novella about loneliness and strangeness - told by someone else.

Haven't you ever felt like a stranger yourself?
Vivid story of rustic polishman stranded in strange land . { England }
An interesting story about acceptance of strangers.
si tu ne m'entends pas, je meurs... (frissons).
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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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“For you need imagination to form a notion of beauty at all, and still more to discover your ideal in an unfamiliar shape.” 3 likes
“brain as a shadow passes away upon a white screen. She lives in the cottage and works for Miss Swaffer. She is Amy Foster for everybody, and the child is 'Amy Foster's boy.' She calls him Johnny—which means Little John. "It is impossible to say whether this name recalls anything to her. Does she ever think of the past? I have seen her hanging over the boy's cot in a” 1 likes
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