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
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
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
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
Conrad has such a tremendous sense of humour and needless to say the book is stunning. Captain MacWhirr is literal, dull, unchanging and unimaginative yet he is sturdy, stolid and tenacious with soundness of mind in the face of great fear.
He is neither heroic nor courageous, in fact, his co-workers loathe him of his inability to understand things and rightly so he was incredibly...more
For me, Typhoon lacked the stunning and immediate sense of place and time that Heart of Darkness immerses the reader in from the first word, as well as the sense of impending... something, the suspense, in other words. Also, the language is more archaic, which is to say, given the time it was written, it gets bogged down in words. I'm no Elmore Leonard purist; I love words and language, as long as they're saying...more
In Typhoon a good captain and a very good ship get caught in a v. strong hurricane off China. Like his other tales of the sea, this one tells about what happens when men see death as almost imminent. Some make consistent rati...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
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
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
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
It's one of those books where you imagine yourself living the events with the characters. This book has its own breathing, the same as a tempest: calm before it begins, stuffy inside it without a moment of respite, and then quiet again, which leaves you wonddering where all this noise and chaos is gone...
Definitely recommend it!
Non dimenticherò il capitano MacWhirr, alla fine del racconto ho sentito per lui un enorme affetto. La sua decisione, quello...more
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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
I missed the quite obvious symbolism and sympathy in Heart of Darkness. But the storm in this story is a nice vessel for Conrad's descriptive powers. Not sure what point he is trying to make in describing Chinese in the disparaging way he does, but I'm sure he has a larger purpose. Keep a dictionary handy for this one, you can't go wrong with Conrad.
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