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The Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad
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Jan 13, 11


Despite the now unfortunate title, which made it a challenge to read in public, this book both mystified and moved me immensely. To read it, you have to reject the facile, english major trap of hunting down symbolism, allegory, or even much in the way of plot. The plot can be exhaustively summed up in a paragraph, and is really a structure for successive waves of beautiful language. Think of the book as a symphony for words in six movements, variations on nautical and mystical themes. It is a masterpiece.
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