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Civil war rages between the native tribes of the Malay straits. Captain Tim Wingard sides with the Rajah Hassim. But as is the case with so much in the Far East, nothing is quite straightforward and events unfold by indirection.

An English yacht blunders into this confusion and runs aground. When Wingard goes aboard to offer assistance, the crew gives him insolence, not gra

Published 1920 by Doubleday, Page & Co.
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Debbie Zapata
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
Review coming tomorrow. I have to think more about this one.

Jan 21 ~~ The Rescue is unusual because it is technically an early effort by Conrad, but he stopped working on it in 1898 and never went back to complete it until 1918, finally publishing in 1920. In his introduction he explains that he had put this novel aside to finish another project that had captured his imagination, and it simply became easier to then finish the next project and the next until 20 years had passed and he began to fe
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This novel was a revelation for me; who am well-familiar with most of Conrad's other titles. I'm just knocking off the last few I have left ('The Rover', 'An Outcast of the Islands') and discovering in Conrad a writing style I didn't believe he had any inclination or facility for.

'Rescue' is a slow, dense, read; but its immediately noticeable that Conrad here has not skimped or made things convenient for himself --as he can often be fairly accused of doing--by writing only the content which he i
Conrad, Joseph. THE RESCUE. (1920). ***. This was Conrad’s last major published book, and, unfortunately, not one of his better ones. It is worth reading, however, because it is the first in a trilogy even though it was published last. It is the last novel in which Captain Lingard appears, but is the first in time. This seems to be an idea borrowed by George Lucas in his Star Wars series. If you want to read the trilogy in order, you read this novel first, then move on to “Almayer’s Folly,” then ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad is one of my favourite authors, so I was delighted to find a second-hand copy of this in the Penguin Classics paperback edition. I’ve read pretty much everything else he wrote but for some reason I had overlooked this one. While it isn’t especially rare, it is one of the more neglected novels in the author’s later works; it also has the interesting position of being a book that was originally started at the very beginning of his career, then set aside and only finished near the end ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
' "Am I a fat white man?" snapped the serang. "I was a man of the sea before you were born, O Sali! The order is to keep silence and mind the rudder, lest evil befall the ship." '

Enjoyed this read. Conrad knows how to describe a sea calm better than anyone else.
Bill Kupersmith
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Except for Heart of Darkness, which any instructor in Intro to Lit gets to know a lot better than one ever wanted to, I'd not read any Conrad in decades. Lucienne in Nicholas Freeling's Gun before Butter drew me to this under-appreciated novel - Conrad's hero Captain Lingard was her masculine ideal & I wanted to find out if he was worthy & indeed he is. Tho' the sleaze & the homme moyen sensual represent most of the male species, one can aspire to being a decent man or even better, a ...more
Lukrezia Cosimo
The best of the Lingard trilogy (for me). With the exception of the end, which somehow lacks the power of much of the rest of the book, a tour de force. I love the descriptions of the landscape, the light, the sea ... Some good characters: Jorgensen, Lingard, Mr. Travers, ...
Michael Graeme
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Conrad after overdosing on Thomas Hardy. Compelling, pellucid and emotionally powerful.
When you close the covers of this book, you have been somewhere.

And not merely to its setting by Joseph Conrad in the Malay Archipelago, where the shallow waters of the Karimata Strait separate Sumatra to the west from Borneo to the east. Exotic to western readers, the locale renders even more special the romance between a freelance sea captain of a small boat and a British woman traveling with her husband on a yacht that has gone aground on a sandbar off one of the many islands. The locale enab
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For good and often for bad, Joseph Conrad’s late novels saw a resurgence in his romanticism. Conrad’s novels were always romantic, but the nature of that romanticism changed over time. In his early novels, the romance lay more in the description and the plotting than in the often sordid and seedy characters who dominated the stories.

By Conrad’s middle period, the romanticism was more submerged, as he examined political systems with a cynical and pessimistic eye. Pessimism is of course itself a s
I remember liking Conrad a lot in high school, and I still enjoy the intense dialogues that elaborate the themes of a thoroughly gripping adventure story. But everything is melodramatic and absolute--from the opening description of the sea down to the smallest twitch of a character's arm--and that can get a little tiring to read.
Peter Prentice
This had a strong naval feel to it as most of Conrad's novels do, but I had a brighter, more enjoyable time while reading this, too. It was not as dark as his other texts, and it was nice to be in the shoes of a sea captain. Still, as part of a trilogy, it carries the same undertones as its predecessors, and a must read for those interested in colonialist works.
Vernon Dewhurst
Not the best of Conrad, slow, verbose, heavy, over egged. Foggy plot, and the main character seems two dimentional. But i love Conrad and can forgive him this one!
Jim Leckband
I had a hard time with this one, my second book on estuary hijinks before the First World War (The Riddle of the Sands). Some of it had some of the best writing by Conrad I've run across - and some it I was in the same doldrums Lingard's boat starts the novel in.

In the introduction Conrad relates that he started "The Rescue" before all of his masterpieces (The Nigger of the Narcissus, Heart of Darkness, and Lord Jim and it was sitting there in an unfinished state while he wrote those books that
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sea-tales
my favorite of Conrad - I relate to Lindgard somehow, the independent captain of a lovely brig and admirer of a young heroic deposed chief in the jungles of Borneo. his life work of replacing this man back on his throne is abruptly interrupted by the appearance of an English 'yacht' grounded at the mouth of the river where he is mounting his native force to retake the throne/power for his friend. he relates to the woman on the yacht as a fellow European and is unable to seperate himself from her ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As is usual with Conrad (this is my penultimate novel of his) the beginning is confusing, you start to wonder if you are going to get into this one, and suddenly about a third of the way through you are totally hooked. It is tremendously detailed in both descriptions of what happens and of what the characters are thinking. The 'minor' characters are drawn with as much care as the major, with the truly appalling Travers and the faithful Jaffir. Being Conrad, it doesn't end well - that shouldn't b ...more
Michelle McGuinness
I mean... it's Conrad. If you like Conrad, you'll like this. I don't like Conrad, but wanted to give him another shot. Ultimately, though, this is "Heart of Darkness" with Asians instead of Africans, from the disturbing racial slurs to the jungle setting to the pervading "darkness" to the "noble savages."

I will give Conrad credit for being a masterful writer, however. If you disregard the plot, the writing itself is gorgeous. Conrad was clearly a master craftsman when it came to writing in Engl
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not too much to add beyond what others have said. Portions of the first part of the book are very fine. The second half is tough going. My favorite quotes is "the world is too prudent to be sincere."
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. Poignant, understated, painful. Like life.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
one of the most long-winded works i have ever read. some great passages, sure, but mostly this was "slower than whale shit", even for conrad.
Kevin Shannon
Aaah, the overwrought Victorians. This would make a good opera, much seething undisclosed passion in an exotic locale.
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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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