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A Conradian romance: a sweeping saga set in the Indian Ocean basin, against a turbulent background of barely suppressed hostilities between Dutch and British merchant navies, told by one of Conrad's classic detached narrators. In the end, the unique perspective of the sharply etched character of Freya is one of Conrad's most piercing studies of how the lust for power can d ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Melville House (first published 1912)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Freya of the Seven Isles, Joseph Conrad
A Conradian romance: a sweeping saga set in the Indian Ocean basin, against a turbulent background of barely suppressed hostilities between Dutch and British merchant navies, told by one of Conrad's classic detached narrators. In the end, the unique perspective of the sharply etched character of Freya is one of Conrad's most piercing studies of how the lust for power can drive men to greatness—or its opposite.
Freya of the Seven Isles/Chapter I: One day--an
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Nika Vardiashvili
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კარგად საკითხავი, ძალით ჩახლართული დრამატული წიგნია.
ყველაზე კარგი რა თქმა უნდა ამ წიგნის სათაურია, შემდგომ ირმა ტაველიძის წინასიტყვაობა...
ერთი დიდი ეჰ არის ეს წიგნი.
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Nada Saleh
Sep 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's a very boring novella. Joseph Conrad moves from using first person narratives to third person narratives and to other ways that I couldn't understand and this is so complicated, confusing, and distracting. I felt totally lost when reading it. I can say that it's the worst thing I've ever read.
بسام عبد العزيز
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
وجدت النسخة وسط 5 كتب ثمنها جميعا 5 جنيهات.. أي أنها لم تكلفني سوى جنيها واحدا.. كانت صفقة جيدة بالنسبة لي..
حسنا.. الآن أعلم أن الجنيه كان أكثر مما تستحقه هذه الرواية!

جوزيف كونراد مرة أخرى بأسلوبه السمج الممل. يحكي هذه المرة عن فتاة تحب بحارا انجليزيا.. لكن في نفس الوقت هناك بحار هولندي يحبها.. فيقوم البحار الهولندي بإتهام الانجليزي بتبديد السلاح و بذلك يفرق الهولندي بين الحبيب و حبيبته.. ممممم... هذا كل شئ!!

الثلاثة سطور الماضية ... بقدرة قادر -ولا تخرج قبل ان تقول سبحان الله- ... تم مطهم إلى أ
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Siv30
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-locus, icast
יש משהו מאוד מבלבל בנובלה הזו: מחד עימות איימתני בין 2 גברים בני תרבויות שנלחמו על שטחי כיבוש, בפרק יוצא מן הכלל על הגילוי שפרייה אוהבת את האנגלי שלה. ומאידך הסתמיות של הנקמה והחורבן שמושת על הדמויות לא פרופורציונלי לאירועים המתוארים בה.

חורבן סופי ומתמשך דווקא של הדמויות החיוביות מעין צדיק ורע לו.

חלק מהנובלה הזו גם משעמם והיא צוברת תנופה ועוצמה בפרקים השלישי והרביעי. אחר כך שוב היא מאבדת נפח. אבל לפעמים צריך חהסתפק בשני פרקים עוצמתיים בלבד.
Emily
Aug 16, 2011 added it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I'd forgotten how much I enjoy Joseph Conrad, with his tropical marine settings and his thoughtful, melancholy narrators. Spending a sunny afternoon with Freya of the Seven Isles kindled my interest in revisiting Lord Jim, Victory and Heart of Darkness, and in exploring the rest of his work that I haven't read.

Freya is a classic tragedy of the kind the reader sees coming from the opening pages due to the flaws-which-are-often-actually-virtues of the characters, yet still hopes will turn out righ
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a  Lena
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joseph Conrad, čovjek koji je engleski naučio tek u dvadesetim kao svoj treći jezik (nakon maternjeg poljskog i francuskog), a na istom počeo da piše tako divne rečenice i postao jedan od najvećih i najznačajnijih pisaca engleskog modernizma je za mene, bez imalo pretjerivanja, fascinantna ličnost. Iako je bio veliki realistički pisac, u njegovim djelima susrećemo i elemente romantizma. Priče o dalekim zemljama i pustolovinama u egzotičnim sredinama zasnovane su na njegovim ličnim doživljajima m ...more
Phrodrick
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad’s Freya of the Seven Isles is a short novella. Barely 97 pages in my edition. It is one of the classic variations of the Love Triangle. Its location in the Dutch colonies of the South Pacific is critical. This time and place combine the exotic local and the isolation from civilization that make the story credible. The fact that the Dutch, a people with a warm and welcoming reputation in Europe had a terrible reputation as colonial masters may or may not be important. That is, I do ...more
Adrianne Mathiowetz
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite kind of book: beautifully written with hilarity snuck in. The heroine is mythically stunning and slowing waving her handkerchief at you from the pier, her pale skin glowing in the setting sun. The one she loves is a mischievous but lovable rapscallion beneath her social class. Her father is adoring and blissfully ignorant, tending his tobacco. The narrator, in one slip, confesses he just wants to smooch the maid. Essentially, everyone is breathtakingly lovely and constantly l ...more
Tina Ghviniashvili
ჩემთვის მოსაწყენი აღმოჩნდა. არც პერსონაჟებმა მომხიბლეს ან პირიქით, უარყოფითად განმაწყვეს და არც მთლად სიუჟეტით დავრჩი აღფრთოვანებული.
სამაგიეროდ, მომეწონა თარგმანი, სათაური და ყდა : ))))
ეტყობა, უბრალოდ ჩემი მწერალი არ არის. : ))
სანდრო დოლიძე
უზედაპირულესი პერსონჟები ბანალური ამბით. 8-9 წლის ბავშვებისთვის გადასაღები ცუდი ზღაპრის სცენარი.
Bill Johnston
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The beginning and middle of this novella (some 2/3 of it) were quite good. A young couple, a jealous middle aged man, a clueless father, and a disinterested observer socializing in the owner's house of an island plantation. I had been planning to rate this higher.

After that, it falls into melodrama, with at least four cliched plot elements poured onto the readers. Conrad is better than this, and some of his endings are really not what you would expect. Not here, though. Any hack could have writt
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Michael Behrmann
„Freya von den Sieben Inseln“ ist sicherlich nicht Joseph Conrads beste Erzählung. Auch nicht die zweitbeste. Sprachlich durchaus elegant und mit einigen recht schönen Szenen, ist die Handlung – so vorhersehbar wie unglaubwürdig und mit einem unnötig theatralischen Ende – leider ziemlich belanglos. Der Untertitel, „Eine Geschichte von seichten Gewässern“, trifft es schon ganz gut. Muss man nicht gelesen haben.
Ram
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A nice story, well written, interesting characters.

Set around an Island in the Indian Ocean. Two men loving one woman, a tragic ending.

Everything seems fine, and I have no complaints but it did not really catch me.

Somehow each character had his/her destiny and they went to it without giving much of a fight.

The fact that it is a Novella , gives it an extra point. While I did enjoy reading it, I am not sure if I would like to read more of the same for another hundreds of pages.
Richard Smith
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picture three flawed, shallow men and  one perfectly wonderful, yet practical young woman on a remote island in the south seas. First, there is Heemskirk, the ridiculous yet malevolent Dutch gunboat officer with an eye for young Freya who lives on her father's plantation.  Then her meek, simple father, blind to his daughter's yearning heart and morbidly afraid of the Dutch authorities who may, at any moment, expel him from his plantation.   And there is Jasper. the love-struck man/boy skipper o ...more
Antonio Moreno Pini
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Novelita de conrad, de unos amores trágicos en las islas de Indonesia a principios del siglo XX.
Pese a ser una obra menor de Conrad, es de lectura agradable, como transforndo un ambiente marinero que tan bien sabe describir y una historia de amor y celos en el fondo de una Indonesia colonizada por los holandeses con la cual conviven mercaderes, comerciantes y marinos holandeses e ingleses.

Se lee de forma agradable con una voz a la vez impersonal, pero con cierta ternura y melancolia.

aunque el fi
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HansBlog.de
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kurzer Auszug a.d. längeren Rezension m. Links u. Hintergründen i. m. Blog:

Dieser Ich-Erzähler berichtet sehr sicher und gefällig, wie ein Seebär beim Cognac, man folgt der Geschichte gern. Die beginnt freilich auch zu malerisch: Die schöne Freya im Haus überm Meer spielt auf dem Klavier, und ihr Galan Jasper reist per Zweimaster an. Freyas wohlmeinender Kapitänvater retiriert derweil verständnisvoll auf die hintere Veranda.
Der Ton ist runder als in frühen Romanen etwa aus Joseph Conrads Ling
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Richard Mendell
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent - I'll not give any spoilers.
ხატია ნებულიშვილი
შულცი დამამახსოვრდა.
ბორინგ.
Andrew Orange
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-and-romance
A tragedy in the ancient style.
Human stupidity, cowardice, meanness and malice against love.
No happy end here.
Carol
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really sad love story :'(
Ann
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ყვლა აბზაცში "ნელსონი (თუ ნილსენი)"-ის კითხვა ტვინისწამღები იყო. არც სიუჟეტმა და პერსონაჟებმა აღმაფრთოვანეს
Tea kalmakhelidze
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
მგონი, მარტო ანგლისტებს მოგვწონს კონრადი.
Adhoc
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit melodramatic but beautifully written.
Meredith
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Freya of the Seven Isles might be seen as Conrad's experiment in how far the novella genre could dip into the tragio-comic mode. It is, indeed, a tale torn "between laughter and sobs" (69). Freya tells the story of a love triangle in which two seamen compete for the hand of the beautiful Freya Nelson. Freya plans to run away to sea with the amiable, if foolish, Jaspar Allen. The plan is ruined by the cruel intervention of the Dutch naval officer Heemskirk, can't bear the thought of being laughed ...more
أحمد ناجي
يعنى قضيت حياتى بدور على حاجة جوزف كونراد علشان اقراه لاول مرة وانا في السجن، حكمتك يارب
Heather Clitheroe
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Another of the Melville House 'Art of the Novella' series, and this will be one that I keep instead of passing on to the community bookshelf at work. Conrad is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, and Freya does not disappoint: the florid prose is quite beautiful.

I started to all on him on one of those January days in London, one of those wintry days composed of the four devilish elements, cold, wet, mud, and grime, combined with a particular stickiness of atmosphere that clings like an un
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Louise Garnier
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Conrad since "Heart of Darkness". I like his writing even though sometimes I feel he is showing off his knowledge of the language. He makes a simple story sound posh.

Although I really enjoy his short stories, this one isn't that good. It was 'more of the same' type of sailing novella, with common characters sharing a common story. Funnily enough I expected more action; at some point it seems that something big will happen but then the story dies. The only character that seems
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Cathy
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I liked the prose, the characters were vivid and the setting was great. If someone had pointed out to me that a lot of Conrad's stories and books have a marine setting, I would have picked up his books a long time ago. I educated myself now and read about him on Wikipedia. I also added Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim to my list of books-you-should-read-before-you-die and my ever growing free Kindle library.

For someone whose first or second language was not English, Conrad wrote in it beautifully
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Mary
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How have I gotten through my many readings without having read Joseph Conrad before?

I actually picked this book because I wanted to try a new author and these seemed like a good choice. Great has a sensible young woman who is easy on the eyes. She has many men interested in her, two more so than others. One Freya loves the other lusts after her.

I loved the voice of this novel. You know how some voices in a book are so clear you can hear them in your head better than any audio book? That would be
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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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