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Lord Jim & Nostromo

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
With a new introduction by Robert D. Kaplan.
Commentary by Virginia Woolf, Harold Bloom, Edward Said, F.R. Leavis, and Robert Penn Warren.

Originally published in 1900, Lord Jim is one of Joseph Conrad's most complex literary masterpieces. The story of a young sailor whose moment of cowardice haunts him for the rest of his life, Lord Jim explores Conrad's lifelong obsessions
Paperback, 816 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1904)
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read Lord Jim -- getting past the 19th century writing style of Conrad is important as he weaves a great story.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
"I think this is one of Conrad's finest novels, on the same level as Nostromo (I should let it be known that, unlike most people, I found Nostromo and Lord Jim to be better than The Secret Agent and Heart of Darkness). Conrad created a very interesting, complicated character in "Lord" Jim, a man with intense inner struggles. It is compelling reading because while Jim suffers from feelings of regret and moral inferiority, he displays a convincingly strong external appearance. The reader learns th ...more
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Aug 14, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: any literate person
I read this about the time the Peter O'Toole movie version came out. My older brother was reading the book for a college course and left a copy laying around. I picked it up and was enthralled by the story. That English was Conrad's second language (his first: Polish) has always amazed me. Later, I would read Nostromo, following a lead in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. Nostromo has the whole western imperialism thing down; you can see America's follies in Vietnam and the Middle East written ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The ever fascinating tale of yearning towards heroism, shame and the heroism that arises from shame--Lord Jim. More beautiful writing you won't hope to read for a long time.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The stor of a young Midshipman escaping disaster an excellent classic
Aug 31, 2007 marked it as to-read
Frustrating difficult for me to stick with, for whatever reason, and consistently goes from my "currently reading" list to my "to-read" list. Make of that what you will.
Stacy Lewis
Jan 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Difficult to get into. Didn't enjoy it nearly as much as "Heart of Darkness"
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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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