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Joseph Conrad: Complete Short Stories (Library of Essential Writers Series)

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Joseph Conrad is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most insightful writers on the human condition. His tales of characters compelled by circumstance to make difficult moral choices in a world seemingly bereft of a moral center are among the most provocative in modern literature.

Although Conrad set his stories in a wide variety of locales, ranging from the Pacific

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Published October 11th 2007 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1917)
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J.G. Keely
Conrad should be known for more than 'Heart of Darkness'. As good a book as it is, it shows only a minute glimpse of what he is capable of. The delicacy, humor, wit, and sheer beauty he shows in this collection marks him as one of the most talented writers of his time, and with one of the most unique voices.

I at once compared him to Chekhov, for he shares with Chekhov a remarkable psychological insight, and hence is capable of constructing characters by merely hinting at notions and moods, or by
Nov 02, 2013 William1 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 20-ce, poland
The Return -- In the year 1900 an affluent London man returns home from his job in the City to find note from his wife. She has left him for the editor of literary magazine, a "fat ass" according to the husband, whose publication the husband himself supports. The story renders the husband's inner torment exquisitely. It's an oddly bombastic story for Conrad, who I usually think of as this master of the subtly modulated voice. I suspect the influence of Henry James.
Jenny Shipp
Sep 08, 2009 Jenny Shipp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the exact book I am reading. I bought an old Modern Book of his stories. I read his story titled "Youth" and was dazzled. I love sea stories that are not all horror but are about a journey. I loved Kon Tiki, such an adventure! So here is this short story, told to the reader by someone listening to an old salt named Marlow who tells a story about a sailing trip he took when he was young (Joseph Conrad spent his first 18 years of young adulthood sailing in the early 1800s). It just GOT ...more
Luke Crawford
Oct 18, 2016 Luke Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You must read "The end of the tether" - well, really and the rest of it, too. The whole thing is beautiful. Nobody reads anything but "The Heart of Darkness" - and if you ask me, that's not nearly as good.

Robert Zaslavsky
Jan 23, 2016 Robert Zaslavsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conrad's mastery of the short story form is as great as his mastery of the novel form. This is a rich and imaginative collection of varied gems that help one to see the organizing principles of Conrad's longer work more clearly.
May 29, 2014 Ghaggard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the great writers. Love reading his writing. Never read "the idiots" before. Very intense.
Gordon Lawrence
Apr 28, 2016 Gordon Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart of Darkness, the inspirtion for Apocalypse Now, is a wonderful novel of Colonialism and the forces that drive humankind.
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Have only read "Heart of Darkness" from this collection.
Feb 13, 2011 John is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Read "the nigger of the 'narcissus'" for the first time.
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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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“A man may destroy everything within himself, love and hate and belief, and even doubt; but as long as he clings to life he cannot destroy fear: the fear, subtle, indestructible, and terrible, that pervades his being; that tinges his thoughts; that lurks in his heart; that watches on his lips the struggle of his last breath.” 2 likes
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