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Η βαρύσκιωτη αυτή ιστορία δεν είναι μια ιστορία φαντασμάτων, κι ας τη στοιχειώνουν τόσα πολλά. Είναι μια ιστορία κοινών ανθρώπων, συνηθισμένων, μικρών, που αποδεικνύονται μεγάλοι την ώρα της κρίσης. Υπάρχει ένα ανάλαφρο παιχνίδι που διασχίζει τούτο τον ζόφο, δοσμένο με άπειρη χάρη, το παιχνίδι ανάμεσα στο οικείο και το αλλότριο, ανάμεσα στο πεζό και στο θαυμαστό, στο ανεξή ...more
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Published 2004 by Ίνδικτος (first published 1915)
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Lyn
Mar 13, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad describes that demarcation line in the journey of life that divides the happy, bright, fantastic and irresponsible youth with the darker ages of manhood. Conrad goes on to delineate this vision as being beyond the “charm and innocence of illusions”.

The Shadow-Line is one of his most accomplished nautical tales and stands close to Typhoon and Youth as almost entirely about the sea and man’s relationship to a vessel. Whereas Youth was of a young man’s first ventur
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Vittorio Ducoli
Feb 03, 2013 Vittorio Ducoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ognuno di noi l'ha scorta

La linea d'ombra è, con Cuore di tenebra, il più noto e il più acclamato romanzo di Conrad.
Si tratta in effetti di un testo che in poco più di 120 pagine (in questa edizione) presenta una varietà ed una stratificazione tematica straordinarie. A partire dal titolo, scelto non a caso da Conrad dopo avere scartato l'iniziale Primo comando, sono molti gli interrogativi che ci pone questo libro.
Cosa è la Linea d'ombra? La risposta immediata, ma non la più scontata, ce la dà l
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

"Worthy of my undying regard"

To Borys And All Others Who,
Like Himself, Have Crossed In Early Youth
The Shadow-Line Of Their Generation With Love


—D'autre fois, calme plat, grand miroir De mon desespoir. —BAUDELAIRE



2* Amy Foster
2* The Secret Agent
3* Heart of Darkness
3* The Secret Sharer
3* The Lagoon
4* Lord Jim
4* Victory
3* The Shadow-Line
TR Nostromo
TR An Outcast of the Islands
TR The Idiots

About Joseph Conrad:
Joseph Conrad by Hugh Walpole
The English Novel:
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WORDMAN
May 18, 2015 WORDMAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad pens this fictionalized autobiography, which, for the most part is going to be difficult if not impossible to describe. Were I able to tell you, however, you would have the sense of it in the same way that you experience a fly buzzing the ether unseen. Enthralled within the movement of words, with eyes not wanting to leave the page, you will hear the story – whispering from behind the shadow line of it’s exquisite prose.

Every page a gift.

This book is about a young captain who is ha
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Bruce
Apr 15, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novella, told in the first person by a young Englishman who is unnamed, is set, as are so many of Conrad’s stories, in a seaport in the Far East. The narrator has suddenly resigned a comfortable position as mate on a ship, apparently resigning what he acknowledges is a good position in a fit of vague malaise, a sense of inexplicable dissatisfaction, intending to book passage home to England. Abruptly, the position of master of another ship becomes available and is offered to him, and just a ...more
Sylvester
(It's tough to rate books like these. For writing skill, I'd easily give this 5* - Joseph Conrad is a master of his craft, and his grasp both of the seafaring life itself and also of human nature is unsurpassed (in my opinion) by any other writer. But for sheer enjoyment - 3*. Not every great book draws me in - does that make sense? I find it very tricky to rate because of this, and have often given a lesser novel a higher rating because I just flat out enjoyed it, when a really excellent book g ...more
John David
I picked up this book much too casually and without any forethought, and because of this, didn’t give to the book the time and energy that it deserved. This is one of Conrad’s later stories, and happens to have a lot of autobiographical elements, in that it focuses on a young man who gets a commission to lead a ship into the Orient. Conrad’s first command was to sail a ship called the Otago from Singapore into Bangkok. Despite the death of the previous captain and the less-than-auspicious circum ...more
Data79
"E d'improvviso il buio divenne acqua"
Il racconto, in parte autobiografico, narra della prima esperienza come capitano di un giovane uomo e delle responsabilità che lui deve affrontare, diventando uomo e abbandonando la giovinezza e la spensieratezza che la accompagna. Il protagonista deve affrontare contemporaneamente due grossi problemi: una bonaccia che blocca la nave in mare, lontano da rotte battute e senza l'ausilio del motore, e una epidemia di febbre tropicale a cui non può porre rimedio
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Alessandro
Aug 26, 2015 Alessandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bel racconto di avventura, passione e amicizia; ma anche un viaggio introspettivo alla scoperta dei valori e delle debolezze degli esseri umani, che ad un certo punto si trovano a dover varcare linea d'ombra.
Craig
"a man should stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience, and all that sort of thing. Why- what else would you have to fight against?"

On the surface this work tells a decent story with a non-preachy didactic feel. It is about a struggle for survival not by an independently strong and able hero, but a hero that uses his strength and abilities together with his crew to overcome their difficulties. This may seem formulaic but Conrad creates this world and meaning without seeming s
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Robert
Apr 23, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow-Line is a Conradian tale of mishaps and trials at sea graced with his usual stunning descriptions of the wastes of time and water but most valuable for an exceptionally acute portrait of a man clumsily approaching maturity while unhappily being forced to eat the bitter meal of his ambitions.

Our narrator calls his account a confession. So it is. The novella opens with him leaving one ship because he's somehow lost his spirit and interest in things. Then he's given a chance to move from
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Keith
May 16, 2016 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middling Conrad is still leagues ahead of most everything else. He sticks to the autobiographical script, probably to the story's detriment: it could have used a bit of embroidery. As it is, we, like the narrator, wait for the thunder and fear the lightning but get precious little of either. Had Conrad the energy to develop more of the crew as characters, there might have been more (or more complex) dramatic tension; but perhaps that would have been a misstep, too: this is, after all, a tale abo ...more
Fran
Sep 21, 2015 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dorfles
Romanzo di formazione scritto impeccabilmente.

L'unico neo inevitabile: la terminologia barchereccia.
Chris
Sep 26, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad ‘The Shadow Line, a Confession’

“Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning.”
Anton Chekhov

In the years when Joseph Conrad wrote (1915) and published (1917) his short novel Shadow Line, A Confession, London was the capital of the world, as later Paris and now New York and perhaps in a few years Shanghai will be.
Artist and writers from all over the world gathered in London in those years, as did a constant stream of refuges mainly from Eastern Europe, among them Jose
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Anna
Apr 30, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Ah, the satisfaction of the short novel. Clocking in 132 pages, I was able to move swiftly through The Shadow-Line, which gave the narrative something of the sense of a deep inhale.

Among the overused tropes in book reviews--from 'Dickensian' to 'limn' to 'poignant'--count in the phrase 'deceptively simple.' And yet, much to my personal consternation, that's the phrase I want to pull here about Conrad's book. Because, dammit, it is deceptively simple.

In first-person retrospective prose marked by
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Ahmad Sharabiani
ناخدای رمان «مرز سایه» در شرایطی کاملا خوب، دل از کار و همکارانش و زندگی اجتماعی میکند، و گوشه انزوا برمیگزیند، و تا مرز فروپاشی عصبی و فروافتادن به دل سایهها پیش میرود، اما به ترغیب دوستی دنیادیده، کار جدیدی برمیگزیند تا از دل تیرگی مرگ خارج شود. در بخشی از رمان «مرز سایه» آمده است: در زندگی، یک «خط سایه» وجود دارد، مرزی که هشدار میدهد با گذر از آن، از حیطه خامی و جوانی گذشتهاید. گذر از این مرز با گذراندن آزمونی بسیار دشوار، امکان مییابد. این شاید همان چیزی باشد، که روانشناسان از آن، با عنوان ب ...more
Paleomichi
Nov 16, 2010 Paleomichi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi
Alcuni libri possono essere letti ed apprezzati solo in determinati momenti della vita. Se affrontati troppo presto non possono essere capiti, mentre presi in mano troppo tardi perdono in parte il loro significato, risultando piatti, noiosi. Se però vengono letti nel momento giusto accade una sorta di magia: la vita reale e la finzione letteraria si fondono, toccando nel profondo il cuore del lettore e aprendogli nuove prospettive, un nuovo universo.
Questo libro ne è un esempio perfetto, in qua
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Lulu
Oct 15, 2012 Lulu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La prima metà di questo breve racconto autobiografico (appena 160 pagine) si tiene a galla a fatica. Non annoia nè appassiona. Nella seconda metà, finalmente, si riesce a condividere un lieve senso di tensione e incertezza col Comandante Conrad e con tutto l'equipaggio della sua Otago. Eppure... eppure c'è qualcosa che manca. Il libro non cattura; non piace come dovrebbe, non ti risucchia nella sua storia semi-esotica, e l'aura soffocante che imperversa sul mare piatto nei pressi di Bangkok semb ...more
Elena Tamborrino
135 pagine di pura e perfetta noia. Alla fine, le ultime tre pagine degne di essere ricordate.
Nick
Dec 30, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No reason not to love Joseph Conrad. This brief bildungsroman (5 cents, cha-ching!), supposedly autobiographical, tells the story of a young captain whose first command is a boat of deathly malarial sailors, caught in the doldrums and short on quinine. It's gripping, chilling, etc. No one writes about sick men on boats (set adrift in all sorts of ways) like JC. I suppose now I should read Nostromo and Lord Jim.

Jeff A. gave me this paperbook, a Vintage reissue snagged from work. Thanks, dude. Wan
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Book Wormy
Feb 26, 2015 Book Wormy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-read
The Shadow Line Joseph Conrad


This is a novella told from the point of view of an older man looking back at a pivotal moment in his left when he crossed the shadow line between youth and adulthood.

On the very day he decides to quit his position as a first mate on a ship in the Orient and to return to England he learns he is wanted as the only man considered able to captain a ship whose Captain has recently died, unable to resist the young man travels to join his new crew only to discover that thi
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Salvatore
Aug 20, 2014 Salvatore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Conradian fare in one sense: a man gets elevated to captain - partially because he's able to, partially because he doesn't want others to take such a position - on a ship. His first mate though, Mr Burns, is haunted by the memory of the previous captain and said captain's megalomania to drive the ship into the ground (or the abysses of the sea, your metaphor to choose). The captain must cross that 'shadow-line' between child-like naïveté and adult-like understanding/realism/sorrow. It's ...more
David
Apr 08, 2016 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Conrad starts by portraying thoughts between the time of "boyishness" and entering "the enchanted garden" of adulthood, where every turn of the path has its delightful seduction. And time does on "till one perceives ahead a shadow-line warning one that the region of early youth, too must be left behind."

The young sailor signed on the steamer "Melita" leaving London for Bangkok that evening. And once in an exotic Malay port, he is given a fine-looking sailing ship. This young sea captain's first
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Andrea Bovino
Adescato in questo tremendo comando, inseguito dalla morte... adescato in questa tremenda vita, inseguito dalla vita stessa.

«No! No! La verità è che nella vita non si deve dare troppo peso a nulla, né in bene né in male». «Vivere a mezza velocità», mormorai con cattiveria. «Non tutti possono farlo». «Sarà abbastanza contento adesso se potrà continuare a procedere persino con quel passo», ribatté con la sua aria di consapevole virtù. «E c’è un’altra cosa: un uomo deve saper affrontare la sua catt
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Paolo
Sep 17, 2014 Paolo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conrad è uno degli autori più citati dai media. Provate ad aprire un giornale ed a leggere un articolo nella pagina culturale, ecco probabilmente tra le righe di un articolo troverete un'immagine conradiana. Forse questo romanzo è quello meno inflazionato, Cuore di tenebra è molto più citato. Per questo motivo ho deciso di affrontare tale lettura e devo dire di essere stato attratto anche dal titolo. Mi chiedevo a cosa alludesse. Alla fine il romanzo è una sorta di riposta al titolo. Viene narra ...more
Anna Fennell
This is my third Conrad book. The other two were a real test of my determination to get through. There is something about Conrad's writing style that is a turn-off for me as a reader. However, this story was quite easy to read. It might be because it is less than 150 pages. It also might be because it is written from first person. In the past, I have been bogged down by Conrad's attention to detail but this story moved quickly mainly through action. The premise of this story is the first trip of ...more
Rdt
Aug 25, 2015 Rdt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Conrad. Victory, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, and Under Western Eyes are all fine books, and Heart of Darkness is one of the world's great literary masterpieces. I admired, but was somewhat less taken by Almayer's Folly and Typhoon, which seemed to me to have less to say about the workings of the mind and the human condition. Nostromo also did less for me, but it is considered one his great works so I am afraid that I missed something and should reread it. Unfortunately, The Shadow ...more
Bob
Jan 21, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young man is about to quit the sailing life when he is offered the command of his own ship in the south-east Asian seas. A couple of days out, in a completely becalmed state, most of the crew comes down with malaria and our newly minted captain finds the quinine was all sold in the last port by his corrupt predecessor. The bulk of the story is mostly about the behavior of a group of people in extremis, reminiscent of Richard Hughes' In Hazard, though without the overt drama of a huge tropical ...more
Rebecca
Mar 26, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my dissertation chapter on Conrad. I'm not sure if I am going to include it yet, but it needed to be read. It's a funny little story that doesn't seem to lead anywhere or accomplish anything, but maybe that's the point.
Dave Morris
Jun 12, 2015 Dave Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No time to write a proper review, so I must steer close to being crass and say that this is coming-of-age turned up to 11 - not the mawkish "end of boyhood" beloved of sentimentalists like Spielberg, but Conrad's hard as ebony examination of that point where youthful idealism spins a near-suicidal cocoon of frustration and emerges with a more judicious appreciation for life taken warts and all.

Some have seen it as a supernatural tale, but it's quite the opposite. Conrad (as he makes clear in the
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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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“All my moral and intellectual being is penetrated by an invincible
conviction that whatever falls under the dominion of our
senses must be in nature and, however exceptional, cannot differ
in its essence from all the other effects of the visible and tangible
world of which we are a self-conscious part. The world of the
living contains enough marvels and mysteries as it is—marvels
and mysteries acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways
so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life
as an enchanted state. No, I am too firm in my consciousness
of the marvelous to be ever fascinated by the mere supernatural
which (take it any way you like) is but a manufactured article,
the fabrication of minds insensitive to the intimate delicacies of
our relation to the dead and to the living, in their countless multitudes;
a desecration of our tenderest memories; an outrage on
our dignity.”
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“The world of the living contains enough marvels and mysteries..acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state.
No, I am too firm in my consciousness of the marvellous to be ever fascinated by the mere supernatural...”
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