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Fino all'estremo

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Tutti i temi piu' tipici di Conrad son presenti in questo romanzo del 1902: il mare, l'avventura, la lotta disperata dell'uomo contro le forze cieche che lo sovrastano - e di cui il mare e' il simbolo, il senso della sconfitta inevitabile, la presenza dominante di un grande, tragico protagonista. Per molti aspetti il libro si puo' leggere come un giallo, offrendo una ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published 1990 by Loescher editore (first published 1902)
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Lyn
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading The End of the Tether, Joseph Conrad’s somber, mature and beautifully crafted novella published in 1902 reminds me of what a great debt English literature owes to this Polish gentleman, particularly the Lost Generation expatriate writers.

Ford Madox Ford collaborated with Conrad on three publications and Bertrand Russell was enamored of the older writer, but Hemingway too was a literary descendant of Conrad’s brooding prose. The End of the Tether tells the melancholy, inevitable story of
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David Sarkies
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love quality literature
Recommended to David by: My University
Shelves: dark
A sea captain's final journey
28 March 2015

I would say that this is just another story about a sea journey, but then again it was written by Joseph Conrad, and despite the three stories that I have read being about ships and journeys, I simply cannot describe it using the words 'just another'. The book in which this story was originally published was called 'Youth and other tales' and contained (in this order) Youth, Heart of Darkness, and The End of the Tether. The book I read also contained
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Tristram Shandy
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Frederick
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: conrad, fiction
SPOILERS ahead, but this is Joseph Conrad we're talking about. His style is the star. His work is essentially spoiler-proof.
This novella (which, by today's standards, would be termed a short novel) shows Conrad's gift of sympathy. Captain Whalley, twenty-five years after losing his wife, prepares for a comfortable retirement but learns that his daughter's husband can no longer work. Whalley sells the little ship he'd been intending for relaxation and for running small commercial errands. With
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Tuck
fantastic short novel and so melancholy. we know the old , brave, famous, intrepid, widowed ship captain, now reduced to running a tramp steamer on a 1600 mile milk run in the straights of Malacca area is destined for a bad, sad, end. an so it is true. but in this ship shape and tidy craft conrad makes us feel safe, if not very hopeful.
Robert
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad demonstrates again his mastery of prose fiction forms. In this case Conrad has written a novella about a sea captain named Whalley who has had a financial disaster at the end of a distinguished career. All he wants is to leave his only daughter some money to help her deal with her unsuccessful marriage, so he invests his last 500 pounds in an old steamer owned by its chief engineer, a man named Massy, and serves as its captain on local runs through what can ...more
John
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A work of genius. Never has being a sailor seemed so incredibly romantic and yet so hopelessly depressing.
As is his wont, Conrad sometimes fuses sentences together with such a litany of semicolons that you need a machete to hack through the twisted jungle of his lengthier paragraphs. However, whatever your take on Conrad's over-complicated prose, I don't see how you could deny the wall-to-wall brilliance of this novel, which delivers a treasure trove of rich emotion as well as a page-turner of
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Czarny Pies
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who still finds Conrad to be a breath of Fresh Air.
Recommended to Czarny by: I read it shortly after seeing the Peter O'Toole movie of Lord Jim.
Shelves: english-lit
The Pole Joseph Conrad is the Poet Laureate of the real England not the one to be found south of Scotland on the Island but the England that dominated the Seven Seas. He wrote great novels about the courageous English marine who spent most of their lives on ships far away from the comforts of Albion. They lived and in the case of the hero of this book died by a strict code of honour.

I greatly enjoyed this book when I read it as a teenager. It's only weakness is that it resembles a great many of
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Alberto Luna
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Con la soga al cuello fue mi primer acercamiento a Joseph Conrad, uno de esos clásicos de la literatura inglesa que vas aplazando hasta que -con gran injusticia- casi te olvidas de él. Dispuesto a poner fin a semejante desvarío, un día escogí una de sus novelas al azar, sin saber muy bien qué iba a encontrarme.

En esta novela corta, Conrad nos pone en la piel del capitán Whalley, un viejo y consagrado marino al que el destino, en sus últimos coletazos, da un par de reveses que ponen patas arriba
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Octavia Cade
Well-written but extremely depressing novella about an old sailor on the edge of penury, trying to hide a disability long enough to keep a job that will support his daughter. It's a quiet little story with very little melodrama, and the muted misery of it is far more effective than the repetition of horror in Heart of Darkness, for instance. Ultimately it's so unhappy a story that I don't think I'll read it again, but it's certainly affecting and the characterisation is excellent.
Beatriz Cumplido
Estuve a punto de admitir que la novela adolece de descripciones demasiado copiosas. La primera parte es una maravilla, porque nos entrega a un personaje digno de añoranza en la literatura universal: el capitán Whalley; la segunda, sin embargo, me pareció por momentos lenta. Luego vienen las últimas diez gloriosas páginas y uno queda infinitamente satisfecho: ¡que no muera nunca la literatura!

Muchas gracias, Conrad.
Mike
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conrad! Conrad! Conrad! Deep, complicated characters depicted like etched ice in a grand hotel buffet.
Rafa
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si te gustan las historias del mar...
Marco Beneventi
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Come sempre Conrad non mi delude mai e anche in questo caso è riuscito nel suo intendo di farmi letteralmente amare ciò che ha prodotto.
Anche stavolta (come in molti altri suo scritti) il palcoscenico dove si dipana la storia è l’acqua, il libro narra di un comandante caduto in disgrazia, di un armatore avido e di un macchinista desideroso di scalare le gerarchie, questo mix porterà ad un finale (per quanto mi riguarda abbastanza scontato già da metà libro in poi) a tinte purtroppo scure.
Scritto
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Miles Smith
This story of an aging sailor chronicles a captain's last years as he tries to save his estranged daughter from poverty. The atmosphere of Southeast Asia is pervasive, and like all of Conrad's works the descriptions of place add to the exotic nature of the works. End of the Tether is more religiously tinged than say Heart of Darkness, and the ending is more human. Conrad's ontological presumptions lie somewhere between outright nihilism and a sort of theistic existentialism ala Kierkegaard. At ...more
Courtney Marshall-Foulk
Sad Beautiful

Joseph Conrad is a genius word Smith with a gift for poignant, heartbreakingly beautiful, climatic endings. The sheer use of vocabulary alone, ever increasing in clarity and depth as the story unfolds. What begins seemingly mundane use of language climaxes to into breath taking alliteration; beautiful words juxtapose tragic endings, that leave the reader deeply affected. By far a literary master.
William Baker
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as the last volume of the trilogy. The title is a great metaphor, culminating naturally at the end of the story. Different intrigues and powers are at work but, as also seen from the background of previous two volumes, there is something else that always has the last word.
Carol
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is my favorite of the stories authored by Joseph Conrad so far. It's a sad story, about a sea captain who saved up for retirement, only to have the company he invested in go bankrupt. This could be the story of many older people now.
Juan Marín
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una lección magistral de suspense y narrativa. Si alguien no tiene claro qué es un punto de giro, en qué consiste o para qué sirve... que no deje de leerlo.
MICHAEL CLICK
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Classic, of course.

A Classic, of course. But except for obsolete language, a very modern feel. It is hard to believe that this was written over a hundred years ago.
Richard Mendell
Riveting and complex.
Procyon Lotor
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 03-avventura
Addo capitano Whalley, addo "serang" C' poco in questo libro, tolto il Mare, La Vita, Dio, il Ricordo, il Rispetto, la Malattia, l'Amicizia, il Tradimento, la Morte, la Vigliaccheria, la Pusillanimit, la Fede, la Speranza, la Giovent e la Vecchiaia, la Lotta, l'Occidente e l'Oriente, il Bianco e l'Indigeno, l'Onore... non rimane molto dal sacchetto delle maiuscole (la Gloria non c', Sesso neppure, pur essendo tutto il libro sensualissimo), se non la sensazione, per l'eventuale lettore di ...more
LyL3_Z
Ho l'impressione che Conrad potrebbe anche descrivermi in un intero libro un pomeriggio in compagnia di signore che prendono il tè, e che io, nonostante l'indolenza dell'atmosfera, possa comunque leggermelo tutto, e non senza delizia.
Conrad mi piace ed era pure bravo.
Come opera è decisamente minore, e visibilmente rimpolpata per rendere il tutto più consistente. Lui descrive, descrive... nell'atmosfera afosa dei mari orientali, descrive gli arcipelaghi battuti dai venti e dal volo degli uccelli
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Perry Whitford
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'No. On the whole, men were not bad—they were only silly or unhappy.'

I don't know if Conrad intended this line to be the moral of the story but I took it to be. The two figures at loggerheads during a tense voyage aboard a commercial steamer could certainly be described as silly and unhappy, though that would involve simplifying the author's customary depth of characterisation.

The unhappy one is Captain Whalley, a once prosperous skipper forced to cancel his retirement after losing his savings
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Julián
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro lo leí hace mucho. En la misma edición iba El corazón de las tinieblas. Este último me parece que está sobrevalorado, con "el horror, el horror" en todo momento y sin saber muy bien a qué se refería, imagino que a la selva, al descontrol del hombre frente a los poderes de la naturaleza. Digo yo que sería eso, porque no se hace referencia al horror del colonialismo ni a la explotación salvaje de recursos y personas a mayor gloria del rey belga. Bueno, pues eso, que mientras el tan ...more
Kenyon
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conrad offers a tragic story resting upon the shoulders of his meticulously developed characters. It is, in fact, surprising that he should be able to craft the portraits of Captain Whalley, Massy, Sterne, and Mr. Van Wyk, as well as numerous minor characters, in a work that is so brief.

I think Conrad is my new favorite author, evoking the Russian novelists with his character development, albeit in a much shorter work. And unfortunately, this story does not end with a happy Alyosha, a virtuous
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Robert
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I acquired this after reading a version of Heart of Darkness and Other Stories that did not include this novella. Based upon reading it and the afterword, I have to say that Heart of Darkness is really a Trilogy that must include "Youth," "Heart of Darkness" and "The End of the Tether" to really make sense. Not as good as Conrad's other stories, but The End of the Tether has something special, I think, that kept me engrossed all the way to the end.
Greg
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was like entering a time machine and coming out in the South Seas of the early 1800's. I pulled this 1902 edition out of the library stacks and read the yellowing pages. Captain Whalley's plight does truly bring him to "the end of the rope". His love for his daughter and his sense of patriarchal duty are threatened by an unexpected health issue (avoiding spoilers here) and by a scheming mate on board the steamer ship.
Marco
Oct 30, 2016 added it
Shelves: classics, fiction, italian
Tutti i temi piu' tipici di Conrad son presenti in questo romanzo del 1902: il mare, l'avventura, la lotta disperata dell'uomo contro le forze cieche che lo sovrastano - e di cui il mare e' il simbolo, il senso della sconfitta inevitabile, la presenza dominante di un grande, tragico protagonista. Per molti aspetti il libro si puo' leggere come un giallo, offrendo una risposta perfettamente moderna al bisogno di avventura tipico dei ragazzi.
Peter Jakobs
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong novel about the tragic end of a captain's life's last years in East India. After having lost most of his money by a bank crash, he took his last chance by taking the lead of a steam ship owned by a pretty mad ship's engineer. His salary is used to support his poor daughter in Sydney - but after a while the captain's eyes got blind and only his loyal Malayan seaman allowed to hide this. But then things got dramatic...
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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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