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Joseph Conrad
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Typhoon and Other Tales

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  671 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
This volume contains "Typhoon," "The Secret Sharer," "Falk," and "Amy Foster."
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Published October 1st 1963 by Signet Classics (first published 1902)
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: immortal
Having read Bjørneboe's masterful The Sharks, I felt the need to return to sea with an old master. Conrad and I are bosom friends, having both served as boatswains on the Alcoholicus amidst the great waves and furious seasons of youth. Having disembarked as brothers, we'd lost touch for too many years. I have found you again, Connie (I call him Connie), and I'll never make that mistake again—down we go together. (Come on, that HAS to be some sort of record. Not one but TWO semi-oblique Morrissey ...more
This collection includes three tales—The Nigger of 'The Narcissus', Typhoon, and The Shadow-Line—each of which centers on the sea. I liked the last story best.
"And the time, too, goes on—till one perceives ahead a shadow-line warning one that the region of early youth, too, must be left behind." (249)
David Stephens
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joseph-conrad
Anyone who follows politics much knows it's not uncommon to hear politicians or journalists confidently state how figures of the past would feel today. They often claim to know which positions many of the Founding Fathers would take on contemporary debates. Of course, it's a tricky proposition to confer viewpoints on anyone who lived long ago and has not seen the advancements and changes made since their death. And if it's tricky for most, it seems even trickier for Joseph Conrad. His stories ar ...more
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. It made me want to read everything by Conrad. It's easy, but dense reading. I especially loved An Outpost of Progress and The Nigger of the "Narcissus". These were what I felt to be the darkest of the stories in the book. It's amazing how he slowly and subtly illuminated the characters contradictions between thoughts and actions, their selfishness, and their blindness to their own hypocrisies and lack of awareness of their emotions and motives. And of course the ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conrad’s novella, TYPHOON, is even more astonishing than I remember: “Captain McWhirr had sailed over the surface of the oceans as some men so skimming over the years of existence to sink gently into a placid grave, ignorant of life to the last, without ever having been made to see all it may contain of perfidy, of violence, and of terror. There are on sea and land such men thus fortunate—or thus disdained by destiny or by the sea.” It is a marvel of action prose, among its other virtues. Free f ...more
Cat Tobin
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to recall trying to read some Conrad in college and really, really struggling with it. Picking this up now, I can't remember how; Conrad's prose is sharp and clear, and his characterisation is phenomenal. I loved the drama ofTyphoon, contrasting with its anchored, stoic captain; Amy Foster is a tragedy, both as a character and a story; and let's not forget Falk, who was "once unfortunate". Just brilliant.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For people who think that Conrad is a limited writer, these four excellent short stories provide a significant challenge to this view.

There are some grounds for considering that the stories share the usual limitations of Conrad. All of them are set in or around the sea. The stories are predominantly about men, even ‘Amy Foster’. The men are white Europeans, and short shrift is given to non-European and non-white characters. In short, the stories do share some of the usual traits of a Conrad wor
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short Oxford University Press edition includes four short stories by Joseph Conrad: Typhoon, Falk, Amy Foster and The Secret Sharer, and a very useful introduction. I loved it. I do not typically read shorter fiction, but these stories were incredibly satisfying in their sense of completeness and wholenesss as works of art. Nabokov once said in his Lectures on Literature that it would take an entire lifetime just to know one novel properly – but these short stories by Conrad give one the op ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some helpful advice -you should take some dramamine before reading Typhoon. My head is still spinning.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four not so short, short stories in one book. Nice!
Conrad is not as easy to read as some, but his stories are like no other.
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia
Joseph Conrad always surprises me, and whatever I've read most recently always seems like the best of the lot. This book offers a number of short trips to that status.
Albert Guerard, the editor, rightly calls the third chapter of The Nigger of the Narcissus, which recounts the storm around the Cape of Good Hope "one of the summits of English prose," though I was more struck by the first and last chapters, which capture the eerie transition of the ship and its crew from their land to their sea
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last of the four stories (to-morrow) is quite weak, but the first three make up more than that. What wonderful language! The first tale, Typhoon, is a quite funny and very gripping tale of captain McWhirr. A man born unruffled, is being overtaken by a tyfoon. Reminiscent of Slauerhoff's Schuim en As, but with a more satisfying end. The second tale (Falk) is a matrusca of men having dinner, hearing a story about a stoic romantic captain of a tugboat and his ruthless machinations to get the gi ...more
"Typhoon and Other Stories" is a collection of four short-stories, with the addition of a play based on one of the stories. As in all short-story collections, some are better than others, however the quality was generally quite high:
"Typhoon:" The story of a ship going through a typhoon. As in most Conrad this is a story of thinking and doing, rather than talking. Conrad's own ship experience is evident, and he has a cast with very different personalities and opinions. 4/5
"Amy Foster:" For me "A
After reading Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent a few months ago, I decided to go back for some more Joseph Conrad, this time with a collection of three short stories, each involving [mis]adventures at sea.

Of the three stories, the first one (The Nigger Of The Narcissus) was my least favourite. It was a good story, but the following two ("Typhoon" and "The Shadow-Line") were a notch or two above. "Typhoon" was actually my favourite of the three. The way Conrad writes it, you get a really g
Pastor Ben
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, Conrad in general, is interesting for the very different perspective that it presents. Most people aren't familiar with the sea - I'm certainly not. But he shows us life on ships. Most of us are very uncomfortable with racial prejudice - I certainly am. But he shows it to us clearly and unapologetically. Conrad shows us a different world, only a century old, but seemingly so far. On the other hand, the sea hasn't changed. It's tremendous power might not be "on the surface" all the tim ...more
Mark Stephenson
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typhoon reminded me forcefully of what a great writer Conrad is and how much I wish to know everything he wrote. Humor, action and memorable characters; vivid word pictures which put you on board the endangered ship suffering the storm's fury and an elegant satiric wrapping up left me glad to have read this small masterpiece.
Katie Marquette
Chris will yell at me if I put this on the 'read' list, so I'll keep it on 'to read.' I read "Typhoon" and "Amy Foster" which were both brilliantly written, engaging stories, although I enjoyed "Amy Foster" the most.
John Guild
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of Conrad's novellas, but still pretty fantastic. The descriptions of the storm are unforgettable. And the characterization of MacWhirr, the stolid, unimaginative captain, is sly and funny (which isn't as rare for Conrad as you might think). Recommended.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this volume for "Typhoon" and "The Secret Sharer" but it gets 4 stars rather than 3 on the basis of "Amy Foster" which is a truly remarkable short story.
Thomas Baughman
Conrad rarely fails to impress.
Kelly Paprocki
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
at first Conrad's writing was for me a little sluggish but eventually was able to fall into his flow.
he definitely had a firm grasp on depicting alienation, melancholy.
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad is as good in short stories as the novels. I liked those marine stuff. It's connected with that part of Conrad's life, when he was working at ships.
Daniel Maturana
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun adventures and intriguing psychological sketches.
Mowena Glunch
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nautical-fiction
Love this book, now my third read. Love this particular edition. The facial expression conveys the entire personality Conrad had conjured up in my mind.
J.D. Reid
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening read... Highly recommended.. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of all time. Nice to read short stories not often seen or even heard of.. Highly recommended
Ahmet Can
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved each story in this book especially Falk, Typhoon, Amy Foster, and The Secret Sharer. Oh wait... :D
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like Conrad, especially Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, you should definitely read this. Great sea stories. Falk is my favorite out of these.
Pam Sawyer
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret Sharer is great!
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typhoon - totally awesome sea story. Mental pictures invoked when I read it are still recallable. Wow. You'll never forget it if you have any experience at sea.
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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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