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Lord Jim (Everyman's Library by Joseph Conrad
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Jun 20, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012, bildungsroman
Read from June 04 to 18, 2012

LORD JIM is a novel focused on the imperial zeitgeist of the age. The age is the years between 1876 to the beginning of world war one. Europe was beaming in its nationalism, imperialism, and as well as aliances between nation states. Europe could be seen as a cage where the main event in the WWE would be held, in this corner Germany and the Hapsburgs vs. London and France. We see explorers controlling new lands and new people. We find adventures awaiting.
So what if you don't care about the imperial age? Are you a Star Trek or Battle Star Galactica fan? One then can imagine the ocean as deep space, and the natives as aliens. I found it easier to concentrate on the plot when I imagined Jim as captain Kirk. I could understand the imperialistic superiority over native cultures, if I thought of the natives as aliens or droids.
Conrad poses profound questions: Can a man run away from his past ruins? Or do they hunt him down till the present moment catches up with him? Is the earth big enough to hold the caper?"
I loved the narration by Stewart Lewis on Libri Vox. He does a great job with a tricky book. I could understand Conrad's humor by Stewart Lewis's reading of the novel.
The book overall was imperially commanding.

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Reading Progress

06/06/2012 page 17
4.0% "I am picturing this story as told by a classic golden age science fiction writer. The sea could be space, yeah?"
06/06/2012 page 56
14.0% "Loved the narration by Stewart Lewis on Libri Vox. He does a great job with a tricky book."
06/12/2012 page 225
56.0% "A great novel."
06/13/2012 page 281
70.0% "Can a man run away from his past ruins? Or do they hunt him down till the present moment catches up with him? A haunting portrait of a man made from ruins. Is the earth big enough to hold the caper?"
06/15/2012 page 301
75.0% "Modern Library Read"
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