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Freya of the Seven Isles

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There is a degree of bliss too intense for elation.

This little-known novella from one of the masters of the form is so unusual for Joseph Conrad's work in several respects, although not in its exotic maritime setting or its even more exotic prose—it is unusual in that it is one of his very few works to feature a woman as a leading character, and to take the form of a roman
Paperback, 118 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Melville House (first published 1912)
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Melville House Art of the Novella
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World's Greatest Novellas
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بسام عبد العزيز
Mar 23, 2015 بسام عبد العزيز rated it did not like it
وجدت النسخة وسط 5 كتب ثمنها جميعا 5 جنيهات.. أي أنها لم تكلفني سوى جنيها واحدا.. كانت صفقة جيدة بالنسبة لي..
حسنا.. الآن أعلم أن الجنيه كان أكثر مما تستحقه هذه الرواية!

جوزيف كونراد مرة أخرى بأسلوبه السمج الممل. يحكي هذه المرة عن فتاة تحب بحارا انجليزيا.. لكن في نفس الوقت هناك بحار هولندي يحبها.. فيقوم البحار الهولندي بإتهام الانجليزي بتبديد السلاح و بذلك يفرق الهولندي بين الحبيب و حبيبته.. ممممم... هذا كل شئ!!

الثلاثة سطور الماضية ... بقدرة قادر -ولا تخرج قبل ان تقول سبحان الله- ... تم مطهم إلى أ
a  Lena
May 29, 2015 a Lena rated it really liked it
Joseph Conrad, čovjek koji je engleski naučio tek u dvadesetim kao svoj treći jezik (nakon maternjeg poljskog i francuskog), a na istom počeo da piše tako divne rečenice i postao jedan od najvećih i najznačajnijih pisaca engleskog modernizma je za mene, bez imalo pretjerivanja, fascinantna ličnost. Iako je bio veliki realistički pisac, u njegovim djelima susrećemo i elemente romantizma. Priče o dalekim zemljama i pustolovinama u egzotičnim sredinama zasnovane su na njegovim ličnim doživljajima m ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Emily added it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I'd forgotten how much I enjoy Joseph Conrad, with his tropical marine settings and his thoughtful, melancholy narrators. Spending a sunny afternoon with Freya of the Seven Isles kindled my interest in revisiting Lord Jim, Victory and Heart of Darkness, and in exploring the rest of his work that I haven't read.

Freya is a classic tragedy of the kind the reader sees coming from the opening pages due to the flaws-which-are-often-actually-virtues of the characters, yet still hopes will turn out righ
Sep 12, 2016 Siv30 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
יש משהו מאוד מבלבל בנובלה הזו: מחד עימות איימתני בין 2 גברים בני תרבויות שנלחמו על שטחי כיבוש, בפרק יוצא מן הכלל על הגילוי שפרייה אוהבת את האנגלי שלה. ומאידך הסתמיות של הנקמה והחורבן שמושת על הדמויות לא פרופורציונלי לאירועים המתוארים בה.

חורבן סופי ומתמשך דווקא של הדמויות החיוביות מעין צדיק ורע לו.

חלק מהנובלה הזו גם משעמם והיא צוברת תנופה ועוצמה בפרקים השלישי והרביעי. אחר כך שוב היא מאבדת נפח. אבל לפעמים צריך חהסתפק בשני פרקים עוצמתיים בלבד.
Adrianne Mathiowetz
Jul 01, 2010 Adrianne Mathiowetz rated it really liked it
This is my favorite kind of book: beautifully written with hilarity snuck in. The heroine is mythically stunning and slowing waving her handkerchief at you from the pier, her pale skin glowing in the setting sun. The one she loves is a mischievous but lovable rapscallion beneath her social class. Her father is adoring and blissfully ignorant, tending his tobacco. The narrator, in one slip, confesses he just wants to smooch the maid. Essentially, everyone is breathtakingly lovely and constantly l ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Ram rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A nice story, well written, interesting characters.

Set around an Island in the Indian Ocean. Two men loving one woman, a tragic ending.

Everything seems fine, and I have no complaints but it did not really catch me.

Somehow each character had his/her destiny and they went to it without giving much of a fight.

The fact that it is a Novella , gives it an extra point. While I did enjoy reading it, I am not sure if I would like to read more of the same for another hundreds of pages.
Louise Garnier
Jul 30, 2016 Louise Garnier rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Conrad since "Heart of Darkness". I like his writing even though sometimes I feel he is showing off his knowledge of the language. He makes a simple story sound posh.

Although I really enjoy his short stories, this one isn't that good. It was 'more of the same' type of sailing novella, with common characters sharing a common story. Funnily enough I expected more action; at some point it seems that something big will happen but then the story dies. The only character that seems
May 06, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
How have I gotten through my many readings without having read Joseph Conrad before?

I actually picked this book because I wanted to try a new author and these seemed like a good choice. Great has a sensible young woman who is easy on the eyes. She has many men interested in her, two more so than others. One Freya loves the other lusts after her.

I loved the voice of this novel. You know how some voices in a book are so clear you can hear them in your head better than any audio book? That would be
Mar 20, 2009 Meredith rated it really liked it
Freya of the Seven Isles might be seen as Conrad's experiment in how far the novella genre could dip into the tragio-comic mode. It is, indeed, a tale torn "between laughter and sobs" (69). Freya tells the story of a love triangle in which two seamen compete for the hand of the beautiful Freya Nelson. Freya plans to run away to sea with the amiable, if foolish, Jaspar Allen. The plan is ruined by the cruel intervention of the Dutch naval officer Heemskirk, can't bear the thought of being laughed ...more
Heather Clitheroe
Apr 27, 2012 Heather Clitheroe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Another of the Melville House 'Art of the Novella' series, and this will be one that I keep instead of passing on to the community bookshelf at work. Conrad is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, and Freya does not disappoint: the florid prose is quite beautiful.

I started to all on him on one of those January days in London, one of those wintry days composed of the four devilish elements, cold, wet, mud, and grime, combined with a particular stickiness of atmosphere that clings like an un
Mohamed Karaly
رواية قصيرة بشخصيات نمطية وإطار كلاسيكى ساخر، قصة حب عادية، يرويها شخص طيب النوايا ومتذاك ٍ ..ومن وراء هذا، أو من خلاله، يشرق أسلوب كونراد العبقرى بلمحاته المميزة وكادراته المظلمة التى تهيم فيها روحه، والحواف الضبابية المتآكله للبحر، حيث تفقد الحقائق والمشاعر تحديدها وينمو الرعب. وحيث كل حدث تافه او هاجس عابر تنبنى عليه كوارث ..مشاعر خوف وعداء ..عقد ذنب وارتياب، أجساد ذابلة وموت يأتى فى ثانية
Nov 11, 2014 Guillermo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuatro estrellitas y media más. Esto es alta literatura.

Freya es una chica linda que pretenden dos hombres pero ella ha entregado su corazón a uno que lo comparte con su bergantín, el Bonito. Es un triángulo de inminente resolución, en cuanto Freya llegue a la mayoría de edad. En cuarenta páginas la tensión es insoportable. Y llega el horrible desenlace, mezcla de destino y azar. El lector queda arruinado.
Feb 22, 2015 Yasser rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ثاني قصة أقرأها لجوزيف كونراد.. بعد اللورد جيم

قصة كانت رتيبة حتى الفصل قبل الأخير، حتى بدأت الأحداث في التسارع وبدأ التشويق يحضر.
أعتقد أن الخمس فصول الأولى كان يمكن اختصارهم لحد كبير، فقد كان فيهم تطويل للأحداث بشكل واضح
Cathy (cathepsut)
Feb 20, 2011 Cathy (cathepsut) rated it it was amazing
I liked the prose, the characters were vivid and the setting was great. If someone had pointed out to me that a lot of Conrad's stories and books have a marine setting, I would have picked up his books a long time ago. I educated myself now and read about him on Wikipedia. I also added Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim to my list of books-you-should-read-before-you-die and my ever growing free Kindle library.

For someone whose first or second language was not English, Conrad wrote in it beautifully
Jun 06, 2016 Bruce rated it really liked it
Freya is well written and picks up momentum as it progresses.
Kyle K
Aug 12, 2015 Kyle K marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction-classics
Story located in the book "A Conrad Argosy."
Ana Maria Rînceanu
You know I really remember Joseph Conrad's writing to be dark and poetic, but its so nice to see a sense of humor, even if it's a dark one. The story starts out on a humorous tone which makes the tragic ending all the more poignant. This is the story of a sensible girl Freya who wants to please others first, leaving her desires and even her love as an afterthought. I liked the story, but I did find it at times a bit too long (maybe I should have read something a little more fast paced since my m ...more
Everett Darling
Nov 27, 2008 Everett Darling rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sailors
Recommended to Everett by: A Sailor. A Lady, Sailor.
Shelves: 2008
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Melville House Publishing
This beautifully packaged series of classic novellas includes the works of Anton Chekhov, Colette, Henry James, Herman Melville, and Leo Tolstoy. These collectible editions are the first single-volume publications of these classic tales, offering a closer look at this underappreciated literary form and providing a fresh take on the world's most celebrated authors.
Isla McKetta
Jan 07, 2014 Isla McKetta rated it liked it
A nice little story. At times it felt like a romance novel, but not in a bad way. Just the right amount of seafaring knowledge and information.
Sep 29, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Another short novella by Conrad about the sea; this time with elements of true love, rancor, revenge, and death. Such a sad ending that rose up out of the hope and love at the first of the book. Human nature and deceit are the follies of this story. A fine read.
Dec 01, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
Such wonderful writing, such well-drawn characters, such an interesting setting! I alternated between laughing and wanting to cry. Conrad is just great, and this novella is...well, wonderful.
Khaoula  Dahia
Oct 29, 2015 Khaoula Dahia rated it it was ok
Shelves: paper-book
ممل ممل ممل ممل ممل.. قتلني مللا.. و الترجمة متعبة نفسيا.. لا أظن إطلاقا أنّني قد أغامر مستقبلا و أفكر في اقتناء كتب لـ '' جوزيف كونراد ''
Feb 05, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Poignantly captures the raw extremes of deeply hidden dark nature and lofty elation. What contrast, what truth, what beauty lies in that!
Apr 05, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it
Enjoyable short book by Mr. Conrad. I actually think my heart broke for the man chasing the heroine.
Clarence Bucaro
Jun 12, 2016 Clarence Bucaro rated it really liked it
I loved this! Images that will last a long 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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