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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  19,036 ratings  ·  783 reviews
Lord Jim tells the story of a young, idealistic Englishman--"as unflinching as a hero in a book"--who is disgraced by a single act of cowardice while serving as an officer on the Patna, a merchant-ship sailing from an eastern port. His life is ruined: an isolated scandal has assumed horrifying proportions. But, then he is befriended by an older man named Marlow who helps t ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 10th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1900)
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Steve Sckenda
Aug 17, 2015 Steve Sckenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Needing Second Chances to be Brave
Jim jumped.

Jim serves as the first mate aboard the Patna, a vessel transporting 800 Haj pilgrims from Singapore to Mecca, but when the ship hits floating wreckage, Jim and the rest of the crew jump into a lifeboat and abandon the ship and the pilgrims. Yet, the bulkheads hold. Ship and passengers are saved-- but the reputation of the disgraced crew has been mortally wounded.

In his daydreams, Jim had fantasized about heroic adventures wherein he always chose death before dishonor, but “a man tha
Sep 06, 2007 Jango rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: classics, favorites
So much to say about this novel. One one hand it's an adventure tale, but on the other it's a harbinger of the modern novel, told from various points of view, creating an almost cubist vision of one man's struggle with guilt and morality.

The prose is beautiful and the characters fascinating, every one of them plagued by their own inner demons. Jim, himself, is almost a younger version of Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, but my favorite characters were probably Brierly, the forboding sea captain, a
The first half of this book is heavy work, Conrad throws a lot at you without a lot of dialogue to break it up. A very psychological novel based on the internal conflicts and consequences of past actions; in this case, the staff abandonment of a ship believed to be sinking with hundreds of ethnic travellers aboard.

This is told from various viewpoints, with each character having immense development and all trying to come to terms with their own inner debacles and problems.

You`re going to find tha
If you are a serious student of Conrad, you must read Typhoon, Heart of Darkness, and Lord Jim.

After reading Lord Jim, a comparison with Heart of Darkness is unavoidable. The two books were published a year apart; Conrad began Lord Jim first, put it down to write and publish HOD, and then finished the expanded Lord Jim. Much of the tone, themes, imagery and even language are similar if not identical.

Heart of Darkness, I think, is the better literary work, and is on a short list of my all time f
I don’t know if there has ever been an out and out study of Conrad’s influence on T.S. Eliot, but I couldn’t help but feel, while reading Lord Jim that the influence goes beyond the footnote. The most famous is of course Eliot’s epigram from Heart of Darkness (“Mistah Kurtz -- he dead.”). (Lesser known is another Heart of Darkness epigram – before Pound waved it off – that got things rolling in “The Wasteland.”) However, buried deeper in the “Hollow Men” are the lines “Between the idea / And the ...more
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Henry Avila
Jim,no other name is given except Lord, which he acquires later on.A son of an English clergyman,who seeks adventure, at sea.And becomes,the first mate of the rusty, old,local steamer Patna,at the age of 23.Going from port ,to port,mostly in the western Pacific Ocean area.But everything changes, when taking 800 pilgrims to Mecca.Something hits the ship underneath.Springing a major leak.Opening a hatch,Jim see's water flooding the Patna. And any moment, she will sink to the bottom of the sea.Repo ...more
Jason Koivu
Ponderous and difficult to follow, but still a beautiful piece of work.

I say "difficult to follow" in the sense that Conrad did not always balance his action and exposition in Lord Jim. There were large sections of backstory or the minutia of character. Certainly character is the cornerstone of this work in which a man buries himself deeper and deeper into a manageable backwoods fiefdom of sorts in order to escape his own failings on the larger stage of civilization, so it's hard to fault Conra
Marco Tamborrino
Le parole di Stein: "Romantico - Romantico!", sembrano risuonare da quei lidi remoti, che non lo restituiranno mai più a un mondo indifferente alle sue debolezze e alle sue virtù, né a quell'affetto ardente e tenace che rifiuta facili lacrime nello smarrimento di un dolore immane e di una separazione eterna. Da quando la purezza assoluta degli ultimi tre anni della sua vita ha sopraffatto l'ignoranza, la paura e la rabbia degli uomini, egli non mi appare più come l'ho visto l'ultima volta - un p ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dough jugglers
Shelves: own, fiction

Finally, an answer to my question "what novel contains the phrase a sinister pantaloon?"

Objectively speaking, I didn't enjoy this read. But also speaking objectively, I appreciate the way this book sits on the cusp of the transition from 19th-century adventure writing to 20th century modernism. An omniscient narrator tells the story of first mate Jim abandoning his ship full of Muslim pilgrims. Then Conrad inserts his favorite narrator Marlow, who picks up the story of the rest of Jim's life, hi
Lord Jim is an incredibly frustrating book. It's part imperial adventure, part psychological study, in the vein of Joseph Conrad's most famous work, Heart of Darkness. However, whereas Heart was brief and elegant, Lord Jim is a repetitive slog. I spent as much time trying to figure out who was telling the story as I did actually enjoying the story.

The book tells of the eponymous Jim, who is a mate aboard the merchant ship Patna, which is carrying hundreds of Muslim pilgrims. Mid-voyage, the ship
Chiara Pagliochini
“Se n’era andato. La notte lo aveva inghiottito. Mi rimase negli occhi l’immagine di lui, di un uomo impacciato, sconfitto, finito. Era terribile. Udii il sordo cricchiare della ghiaia sotto le sue scarpe. Stava correndo. Stava correndo, vi dico, e non sapeva nemmeno lui dove era diretto. E non aveva ancora compiuto ventiquattro anni.”

Ho iniziato a leggere Lord Jim il giorno stesso in cui ho terminato Moby Dick e debbo dire che la linea di continuità tra i due romanzi continua ad apparirmi sorpr
Anascape Taylor
Dec 29, 2008 Anascape Taylor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
First, the bad news. In Lord Jim, Conrad launches full-bore into every idea, with a thoroughness verging on overdevelopment. The power of brevity is not explored in his writing style. Choosing realism over poetry, he paints a sharp picture akin to a photograph where other writers may have reached for enigma. But such a tender criticism, it must be said, could only be given to a great work. However, Conrad oddly tries to paint his subject matter as enigmatic using finery and detail, and the resul ...more
I picked up a used book last week called 'In Search of Conrad' and found it fascinating. It got me wanting to read Conrad, an author I only dipped into a bit. His books are set in Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore... so I got an atlas out when I was reading this travel book and became fascinated with the area. I’ve almost finished it so I'm starting reading this, based on a true incident mentioned in the book. The original Jim was second mate on a steamer taking 1000 pilgrims from Malaysia to Mecca I ...more
Jove! This book was ruined by being a story-within-a-story! Sometimes I had to search back and decode the quotation marks to discover whether the speaker was Marlow or Marlow relating something that Jim said. I don't know why Conrad decided to present Jim's story through Marlow, but it really distanced me emotionally from Jim's struggles. This is mostly (barring the end) told by Marlow to a small audience at a distance of some years and I found myself questioning whether he left things out or em ...more
Okay, so I'm not the world's biggest Conrad fan. Chinua Achebe's essay on Heart of Darkness pretty much explains why. But Conrad's on the list, so Conrad I read! I'm wishing now I'd stuck with The Secret Agent, which I read for a 20th Century British Literature course a few years ago--but no, I had to be adventurous and pick one I hadn't read before.

First off, Lord Jim is confusing. The first seventy pages, it's made very clear that something terrible has happened, that Jim was involved in an aw
Feb 10, 2012 Athens rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the struggle of an individual life with the world at large.
Joseph Conrad is a favorite author.

His way with shaping English (a second language to him, being Polish), is remarkable to this day.

Nobody seems to be entirely clear on the difference between fiction and literature, if any, but this book would seem to be both.

There seem to be two schools of thought regarding stars on goodreads. One is simply "did I personally ~like~ the book". The other is "regardless of my liking, is this a good book".

Most voting seems to follow the first line, with which is
It took me a long time to complete Lord Jim, over a year grabbing chances here and there on the bus stop reading a Google Play Books version. When I found a Penguin Classics paperback in a charity shop the reading went quicker but still long.

The way the novel is told, related by Marlowe made he think of a Tarrantino film. The narrative reaches back or out of the flow often. Marlowe often quote someone who is quoting another. This makes the nested quotation marks an interesting sea to navigate.
Sep 27, 2007 Archer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: white men and those who want to understand them
Having read this book, I am still trying to grin more like its characters, with the romanticism of purpose and one's humbleness before it. The book is solidly placed from the perspective of imperialist participation. It asks questions of its participants, and why they travel, why they imbue themselves with honor and the duty of origin. There is a good deal of investigation of the hard issues of dreams and of heart. Also, the end is awesome.
Joshua Rigsby
My problem with this book was one of misinformation and confused expectations.

I've heard and read lots of references to Lord Jim as being primarily about the sinking of the Patna, a true story where a Western-owned and operated vessel full of Muslims on their way to the Haj in Mecca was believed to be sinking, and was abandoned by the crew. Turns out it didn't sink, and everyone on board was rescued by another vessel. This, as you'd imagine, was quite embarrassing for the crew.

Conrad describes
Since graduating college, my reading comprehension has swirled reticently down the drain only to be filtered at some refinement center and turned into slightly fluoridated water. This has caused me to only read the words in books and sometimes forget what has happened, also to question whether or not I used "reticently" in an acceptable manner.

Considering my lagging comprehension skills, I turned to Sparknotes to see how lost I was. On occasion, I had no idea what was going on. I was aided great
The book opens by describing Jim vaguely, finding him somewhere in the East, a water-clerk at port after port, always moving on once his shadowy past is revealed, eventually ending up somewhere inland in the Indonesian-Malaysian archipelago, living with the natives. This brief situation having been established, the story leaps backward to discuss how Jim came to go to sea, his background and training, how he was injured aboard ship in the East, convalesced ashore, decided not to return to Englan ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
“Se n’era andato. La notte lo aveva inghiottito. Mi rimase negli occhi l’immagine di lui, di un uomo impacciato, sconfitto, finito. Era terribile. Udii il sordo cricchiare della ghiaia sotto le sue scarpe. Stava correndo. Stava correndo, vi dico, e non sapeva nemmeno lui dove era diretto. E non aveva ancora compiuto ventiquattro anni.”

Ho iniziato a leggere Lord Jim il giorno stesso in cui ho terminato Moby Dick e debbo dire che la linea di continuità tra i due romanzi continua ad apparirmi sorpr
I officially gave up reading this book today.

It's not that I think Conrad's a bad writer. He has told some brilliant and insightful stories.

It's not that Jim was almost Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, but not quite.

It's mostly that I just hate Captain Marlow with a fiery passion. I can't decide if Conrad is a genius for writing this utterly unlikeable rambler so well, or if he's a moron for continuously using him as a narrator. The thing is, if he was a real person, I'd still hate him and refuse t
Io sono emozionata. A dire il vero no, ma questo libro è stato un parto, come ben saprà chi mi conosce, e finirlo è stata un'impresa a dir poco olimpica.
Inizierei dicendo che ho dato quasi un voto a caso, perché Lord Jim non può avere un voto. Esula totalmente dal concetto di votazione, è un enorme organismo a sé stante che se ne frega altamente di quello che tu pensi di lui. Non gliene importa nulla di annoiarti per pagine e pagine e pagine con imprese piratesche all'assalto di un'isola a pochi
Nick Black
It's hard to decide which of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness are superior; I give them both five stars for being absolute bulwarks of English literature (written by a Pole!) shoring up the flatulent Romanticist period (ugh, agrarianism! double ugh, pre-raphaelites!), and setting the stage (along with Tolstoy, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Mallarmé, Ibsen and Schopenhauer) for the great shift into Modernism. This was almost certainly the first great novel of the 20th century (published from 1899-1900), a ...more
Megan Baxter
It has been over a week and a half since I last finished a book. This is so extremely unusual. I'm trying not to hold it agains the collection of books I've been reading that week in a half, but at times it's hard. I find myself eyeing Ulysses suspiciously, poke The Reality Dysfunction every once in a while to see if it's moved, or tuck The Idiot in my purse to try to get through just a little more. (Does anyone else think it's odd that a 600+ Dostoyevsky book is the only one that will fit in my ...more
I read "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad with respect and admiration due to his English writing style with superb narration since he wrote his novels as his third language, a rare genius.
He presented Jim as a man dictated by the unknown fate so he needs to live in the East through moral, psychological and political complexities.
He traveled and stayed in Siam then and spelt our capital, "Bankok" (p. 178) instead of "Bangkok" as used now. I don't know why, maybe it was what he heard Siamese people speak
Absolutamente indispensable!
Quizás uno de los grandes libros!
Simona Bartolotta
"Si vedeva nell'atto di salvare i marinai di una nave pericolante, di tagliare alberi e pennoni nella furia di un uragano, di nuotare nella risacca reggendo una cima, […] esempio, sempre e dovunque, di dedizione al dovere, forte e adamantino come l’eroe di un romanzo."

Uno è il grande pregio di Jim -o difetto, chissà: a volte mostra aspetti di sé che rendono sin troppo facile riconoscersi in lui. Questo diventa ancor più vero per un assiduo lettore d’avventura; e visto che è proprio a lui che il
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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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