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Published November 30th 2010 by Quality Classics (first published 1902)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sea Stories. Typhoon, Joseph Conrad

Many chronicles have been written about life at sea, but few, if any, can compare with Joseph Conrad's masterpiece.

The "Typhoon" describes how Captain MacWhirr sails the SS Nan-Shan, a British-built steamer running under the Siamese flag, into a typhoon—a mature tropical cyclone of the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean.

Other characters include the young Jukes - most probably an alter ego of Conrad from the time he had sailed under captain John McWhirr - a
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Lyn
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that comes to mind after reading Typhoon, while reading actually, is Conrad's absolute mastery of the language.

He is an artist of the English language and the fact that it is not his first langauge makes his virtuosity all the more astounding. Typhoon is more about a storm of humanity amidst a chaotic event than about the storm itself.

MacWirr is a simple, brutally honest and innocent, almost naive, seaman. No doubt Conrad had seen his like many times before. As he liked to say
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Chrissie
Look, I am not hip on exciting adventure stories, so I have had to ask myself why in the world I have enjoyed this as much as I do. Writing the review has helped me think this through. I hope my thoughts will help others decide if they will enjoy the book too.

First of all, the writing, the prose, is exceptionally good. It is pretty darn amazing, since English was not Joseph Conrad’s mother tongue! He was born in Poland in 1857. On the other hand, he worked for the British mercantile marine for
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Ivana Books Are Magic
Another extraordinary novella from the pen of a man who wrote about the sea like no other. Beautiful writing combined with an intense and exciting story is more than enough to satisfy me as a reader, but Conrad doesn't stop at that. Typhoon is more than a novella about how men react under stress. It is more that a story about human bravery. Conrad knows how to complex even in shorter literary forms.

What always amazed me about this writer is the incredibly detailed psychological portrayal of his
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Darwin8u
"Don't you be put out by anything. Keep her facing it. They may say what they like, but the heaviest seas run with the wind. Facing it -- always facing it -- that's the way to get through. You are a young sailor. Face it. That's enough for any man. Keep a cool head."

A few years ago, Penguin published 80 short novellas and essays and called the set Little Black Classics Box Set. Last year they expanded that set by another 46 books. This one is number 96.

Conrad can take a simple idea and gradually
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Larry
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seafaring
One of the greatest examples in literature of landscape and nature treated as character. Although on one level this classic sea story is about the uneasy relations between the phlegmatic captain and his high-strung first mate, the antagonist, and in many ways the main character, is the storm itself.
This is the disintegrating power of a great wind: it isolates one from one's kind. An earthquake, a landslip, an avalanche, overtake a man incidentally, as it were--without passion. A furious gale
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
Another sea story for me to end the year (and the decade!). I enjoyed this infinitely more than Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Packed into this short novel is a bit of plot and a lot of characterization, together with pleasing prose. Several other reviewers mention how well Conrad writes, despite English not being his first language. Maybe that's why he writes so well?

The men who served under Captain MacWhirr don't think highly of him. Generally, they think this quiet, so
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Susan
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read anything by Joseph Conrad before and was intrigued to read this - not least as the late Clive James mentioned that he was his favourite author, in his reading memoir, Latest Readings. As Mr James has often pointed me in the direction of books/authors I have enjoyed, I was keen to give him a try.

Many of the characters in this novella have names which could come straight from Dickens; including the central, Captain MacWhirr, who is taking the steamer, Nan-Shan, straight into a t
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Peter
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conrad's knowledge of the sea shines through in what can only be described as an exhausting read. From the outbreak of the typhoon to the end the story is relentless. There is no room to pause for thought you are thrown from one page to the next by the constant storm. Engulfed in the waves that sweep you on to the next page. Floundering around on the wind swept deck of each page you wonder if you will make it to the end of the sentence or pulled under by the fingers of the mighty ocean.

Wonderful
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zainab_booklover
I guess my rhythm of reading Joseph Conrad's works will always be:

1st half: Forcing myself to read it
2nd half: somehow it grows on me to almost liking it
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Nigeyb
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few books by Joseph Conrad and this is the first one to make me laugh. It's genuinely amusing in parts. The very literal Captain MacWhirr is at the heart of the comedy, and indeed the action. The vivid descriptons of the typhoon, and what it does to the boat, the Nan-Shan, are riveting, and very exciting.

Typhoon is also really well written. Amazing to consider that English was not Joseph Conrad's first language. The violent storm is masterfully realised, as is the effect on the ship
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Celia
Typhoon is a tale of the sea. It could be based on Conrad's own experiences. If so, I am sorry that he had to deal with Captain MacWhirr, a literal man who has no imagination. The first mate, Jukes, warns MacWhirr that a horrible storm is coming and wants to sail around it. MacWhirr will have none of that. He has "never encountered any conditions that a reliable ship cannot simply sail through."

So the storm comes and things happen and the boat, battered and limping, does make it to port.

This is
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Leigh
This is one of the best short stories I have ever read. Joseph Conrad's a real craftsman of the english language. His ability to bring out the story into a vivid reality was masterful. The story itself was perfectly balanced between entertaining and informative with the right mix of adventure and character development to keep you reading. ...more
Laurel Hicks
Read from February 22 to 25, 2013

Why do I like Joseph Conrad so much? I am drawn by the power of the sea and of dark, barely explored lands, held by the power of a good yarn, but most of all amazed by astonishing character studies presented in flawless prose by a man who did not speak English until his twenties and had no published works until he was thirty-five. In Typhoon, Conrad steers us into the eye of a storm with the taciturn, unimaginative Captain MacWhirr in command. Whether we shall co
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Boadicea
Apocalypse on the High Seas!
Marjolein
It has been a while since I read something by Joseph Conrad - in all honesty I only ever read the other Little Black Classics Tomorrow - but I liked that one so I was looking forward to Typhoon. A storm at see, terrible odds, what was not to like?

And this was nice, but not much more than that unfortunately. I liked the language a lot, but for some reason I never really got into the story. Still, it made an enjoyable read.

~Little Black Classics #96~

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Czarny Pies
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those under 16 years of age.
Recommended to Czarny by: My mother when I was 15.
Roughly 50 years I discovered a copy of this book at our summer cottage that had been purchased by my mother who had attended high school at a time when students needed to purchase their text books. Having recently seen Peter O'Toole in Lord Jim, I read it hoping to get an introduction to Conrad. Indeed I found it very similar. Both works deal with an English captain far from home in the South China See who was to deal with a formidable challenge. Given the extreme brevity of Typhoon it is indee ...more
Jim Leckband
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gotta love Conrad's character names. He writes a novella called "Typhoon" and his main character is Captain MacWhirr - I suppose Captain Whirlabout was a step too far. The steam engineer is called "Rout". The first mate who is tossed to and fro at the storm's and MacWhirr's bidding is called "Jukes". Almost as good as Dickens, that.

The writing is majestic - the tension of the plot, the depth of the characters (or intentional lack of depth as it suits the theme), the moral dilemmas, the shifts
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Feliks
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit-classic
So far in my reading of Conrad's titles, I would confidently nominate the 'storm' passages in this action-filled book, his best-ever 'sea'-writing. They are thunderous and phenomenal. Prior to this read, I would have labeled The Nigger of the Narcissus as his best; but not afterwards. 'Typhoon' is surely tops. Great story overall. ...more
Galicius
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, polish, novel
This was a second reading because I mostly forgot what it was about when I first read it some forty years before. The middle chapters are a tour deforce account of a huge storm which overtakes a steamer on a relatively short transport of Chinese workers coming back home with their earnings saved in silver dollars. It’s a masterful description of a raging sea as only someone who probably lived through one could tell it. It all comes to as good as could be expected resolution.
Guy Cranswick
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conrad is more than Heart of Darkness with its portentous but very powerful prose. Typhoon is a mariners story told with great expertise. It's nearly a lesson to writers in how to sustain action without tedium or repetition. It might be prefect for a screen adaption but then we'd lose the very effective and skillful writing. ...more
Isaac
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernism
If you've only read Heart of Darkness, you probably don't know what a fantastic sense of humor Conrad has. Typhoon is short and thrilling and funny. The plot is persistently engaging, but Conrad's real aim is to show you how his characters react under the stresses of their world. ...more
Jim
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-fiction, reread
I remember this work with fondness from my early college days. It holds up well as a character study between a stolid captain and his over-imaginative first mate during a heinous typhoon. The descriptions of the storm are fantastic, and Conrad's Captain MacWhirter is a hero for the ages. ...more
Leslie
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, adventure
I used this novella to try out the Serial Reader app on my iPod. I think that having the story broken up into the small chunks interfered a little with my enjoyment but perhaps this Conrad just isn't up to the level of his longer novels. ...more
J
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There are things you find nothing about in books" ...more
Prakash Yadav
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad rules the sea as far as english literature is concerned. Typhoon is a story of a unremarkable captain of a ship that gets caught in a typhoon. A story on how ordinary men behave in the face of adversity. More importantly, how much havoc incapable men can cause in a position of power. The captain's ineptitude during the catastrophy is appalling and down right scary. Conrad describes the sea like no other, now imagine a typhoon. ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
The tale of Captain Macwhirr of the Nan-Shan who, whilst returning Chinese workers home notices unusual barometric readings but refuses to change course believing his ship could withstand any natural opposition. Throughout the disaster he is ably assisted by his first mate Jukes.

Alex O'Connor
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! I enjoyed this classical sea yarn. Conrad is a true master of the language, and I am looking forward to reading Lord Jim when my TBR allows it!
Daren
The conclusion I have come to, is the majority of reviewers have read Conrad because they want to read Conrad, perhaps going into it knowingly. Expecting wordy and descriptive. This book gets great reviews.

This book didn't hold my attention. It is a nautical story - a boat in a storm. There is perhaps not much to say about a boat in a storm, but it is certainly all covered here. So characters and interaction of the several crew members is about all to add to a boat in a storm.

For whatever reason
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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
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