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My task... is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel - it is, before all, to make you see. That - and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there, according to your deserts, encouragement, consolation, fear, charm, all you demand - and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask Conrad, from ...more
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Published April 29th 2004 by NuVision Publications (first published 1897)
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Astraea
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
سبک نوشتاری کتاب پیچیده و بسیار با تکلفه.صفحات قابل توجهی از کتاب از زبان سوم شخص مفرد بیان میشه و ناگاه اول شخص مفرد داستانو بیان میکنه.این شخص به همه چیز هم احاطه داره.
قرار دادن داستان در زبان دو راوی از کشش داستان بسیار کم میکنه.چون انسجامی نداره.
اول فکر کردم مشکل ترجمه است ولی وقتی رویو دوستان در مورد کتابهای کنراد رو خوندم گویا کلا سبک این نویسنده هست.

داستان در مورد سفر دریایی یک کشتی انگلیسی هست.سیاه پوستی به نام جیمز وارد کشتی میشه که تمارض به بیماری میکنه.همه میدونن که دروغ میگه اما دلشو
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Bob
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously the title alone puts it somewhat beyond the pale for a high school curriculum - even the reader with a broader experience of the evolution of racial attitudes is going to approach in hopes of a more progressive stance than s/he's likely to get.
The title character is a West Indian (St. Kitts, I think) with an aristocratic demeanor and a resonant voice (one can imagine James Earl Jones in the part) who can mete out twice the disdain he receives, a sailor hired on in India for a trip back
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Feliks
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-brit
First, let's get the book 'title issue' out of the way. Don't come to me with your cowardly, censuring, squeamishness. If you can't handle classic novels as their authors originally wrote them, then go get yourself a job in a government ministry in a totalitarian state somewhere, get yourself a job in a small-town library where you can have Czarist powers, go get yourself a little rubber stamp and a little pot of whitewash and maybe an armband. I am reviewing this book under its original title-- ...more
Daren
Wow, i really struggled with this. I found it really challenging to read, with its oppressive format. For me it is pain to endure a book with paragraphs over a page long. The last time I tried it was that awful book The Flanders Road which was absolutely unreadable.
This book was a little better, but not enough for me to read it fully. I don't mind admitting that I had already given up by the midpoint, and I skimmed after that.

I didn't enjoy it enough to persist. Strange, as I enjoyed most of the
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Pige
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess that I read this as part of a "Typhoon and other Tales", but is was so awesome that I felt it deserved a rating all of it's own. It was so twisted and true how Conrad played out and expressed the actions, self interests, unspoken trusts, mistrusts, deceptions, and weaknesses of this crew of a sailing ship. Granted I wasn't initially interested in all the British Sailor talk and trying to figure out what they were saying with their thick accents and sea faring lingo, but ultimately that ...more
Rdt
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Conrad is famous for his seafaring tales, I have generally preferred his books that are set mostly or wholly on land. This is my favorite of all of his seafaring tales that I have read so far,; it is better for example in my opinion than Typhoon or The Shadow Line, which are both good stories, but not up to Conrad's best.

This is one of the best stories told from the perspective of the crew of a sailing ship that I have ever read by any author. The only one I can think of that I enjoyed
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Bettie☯
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Tristram
“The Story by Which, as a Creative Artist, I Shall Stand or Fall“, or: Preferring Not to, Part II

Writing a review on a novel by Joseph Conrad is always very hard for me because I have the feeling that whatever approach I choose, I could have chosen an even better one, his texts being so multi-layered and full of whisperings ambiguous, mysterious and manifold. Okay, before I start dabbling in Conradese myself – something I’d undoubtedly fail in – I had better get my tuppence ready with regard to
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Alina
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni-books
An absolutely engrossing tale that takes place on board of the Narcissus, a ship bound for England. It explores the microcosm on board of this ship and examines human nature and power relations as more and more strain is put on the crew. While the language was sometimes very dense and hard to get through (and I struggled with the nautical terms, despite there being a glossary), it was such a rewarding reading experience in the end. Dark and fascinating.
Jim Leckband
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cbj
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***SPOILERS ALERT***

I enjoyed this book even though it was a tough read. It is one of those novellas that feels like a really big book. It was like a men on a mission sort of story set on a merchant ship as it travels from Bombay to England. The sailors violent interactions with each other within the confines of the ship and their struggles to save the ship from the terrible storm takes up much of the pages. Jim Waite, a West Indian sailor is the character in the book's title. His arrival and su
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David
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book (admittedly with possible the worst title imaginable, which is why I chose this ironically censored title to review), though admittedly very dense in its prose, slowing my reading to a crawl. I found the book to be a fascinating look at how a ship in this time as a law and an entity unto itself, a tiny society, representing both the noble and the reprehensible through Conrad's skillful use of layers of meaning and allegory on their journey to the "Mother of Ships," tha ...more
Brian
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a tough slog. If I didn't like Conrad so much, I may never have finished it. The book really takes its sweet-ass time getting to the point! But Conrad wants us, like the characters, to question what the whole point of busting our asses doing whatever it is we do if we all just end up dying in the end. Eventually, Conrad gets around to providing an answer, but I think he wants the reader to fumble around in the dark for a bit.

Some might say this should've been a short story instead
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Traveller
Mar 23, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This edition of Nigger Of The Nostromo offers an alternate, more PC title to that of the original, which makes sense to me, since the N-word in the other title actually only became the nasty word it is today, in the interim since Conrad had published this.

I'd never read this before, I suspect partly because of it's offensive original title. I'm curious about it though, since I've heard that Conrad did not wrote it as a racist work. Of course, I personally don't think he meant to write Heart of D
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Stewart
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts on reading the unfortunately named “The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’” by Joseph Conrad were not only that this 1897 novella is a gripping tale of sailors and the sea in the late 19th century but that incredibly English was the author’s third language. Born in a Poland carved up by Prussia, Austria-Hungary, and Russia, Conrad spoke and wrote Polish and French as a boy but did not pick up English until he was 20 years old.
Conrad uses the vast inventory of English words in his wonderful
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Dennis Ashendorf
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Narcissus has been on my list for 40 years. Conrad dominated my high school and college free reading. Let's dispense with the n-word issue. A sailing ship in the 1800s labelled people. Perhaps this book started a stereotype! Mr Wait was big and lazy. Other sailors were lazy or conniving or small-picture or too loyal.

Too many years have passed for my ability to see the symbolism in this book. It's closer to the novella Youth than to the novella Heart of Darkness. I'm not sure why the title of the
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Salvatore
Controversial - and not only because of its most unfortunate, and wildly racist, title. Jim, the titular character in question, boards a ship with a sickness that will kill him. Through this sickness, his crew at first sneers at him, sees him as a burden. Slowly they come to appreciate his being, his offerings to the crew, and what he teaches them - indirectly - about themselves (and how they can stand up to authority). That is the nice version of this novel. The bad version is that this is Conr ...more
T.J.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly unpleasant reading experience--and I like Conrad!

While there are moments of spectacularly beautiful prose, high marks for style alone can't compensate for a rather disappointing plot and unlikeable characters. Yes, the description of the storm is striking, but eventually I found myself tired of the whole thing.

The best part of the book, and the part that is truly worth reading, is the brief preface which serves as a sort of manifesto for Modernist literature.

As he says in his prefa
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Timothy Riley
I plan on going through about a dozen of Conrad's novels this year (maybe in two years). After about three or four I would say this is my favorite so far. It is striking that Conrad's first language was Polish and how he writes like a natural Englishman, especially in his accounts of the sea. Without giving anything away, there is a black man in the novel who is the central character, besides the the first person narrator. The story has drama, nail biting, and definitely some serious morality is ...more
Peter
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly poetic, I can't tell if I enjoyed this book or not. There is some beautiful language in here, but at times it gets in the way and you begin to feel like you're reading someone's attempt to extrapolate on the mundane to cash in on a word count. Not too bad otherwise.
Wavegenerator
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another seafaring novel from Joseph Conrad, written circa 1897, having to do mainly with the psychology of a small group, as the ship is basically "... a fragment detached from the earth... like a small planet." Dense and sometimes disturbing.
Czarny Pies
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit
As the name implies this book is racist. There is no reason to read this book in any event as there are many excellent Conrad novels to choose from.
Matthew
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad’s third novel is one that raises uneasy questions. These questions begin with the book’s title, and the title is not even the most racist part of the book. Some important questions that need to be asked are as follows.

Can a book still be a great work of art, even when its attitudes are deeply offensive and reactionary? Is it fair to judge Conrad by the standards of modern social attitudes, or should an artist somehow rise above the narrow thinking of his own age? Is it fair to spen
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Thomas Burchfield
Wish I could say I liked this more. Conrad's style is absolutely gorgeous, wild and awash with oceanic poetry, vividly and precisely capturing the experience of life at sea on a freighter in the late 19th century. The storm scenes are especially harrowing and vivid. (I won't get it into the title, only to say that these debates too often descend into stupidity.)

Unfortunately, I found the story to be frustrating and, at times, uninteresting. It read like a piece of ham-handed symbolism--but of wh
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Peter Prentice
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: heart-of-darkness
A rather interesting tale that gives insight to something much larger than a crew; I believe this text encapsulates the essence of human community, and how isolation can foster and develop - for example, through the coldness towards Wait despite the spoken comradeship of the crew.

Interesting vibes I get from this text are such that, at the core, people are driven by their own intentions above any else. A typically British perspective of a stiff upper lip are also given to me.

A solid novella tha
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Mohamed Karaly
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الرواية الاولى لكونراد. نُشرت 1897، تظهر فيها البذور البدائية لما سيتطور فيما بعد فى "لورد جم" و"قلب الظلام"، وهى عن مشاعر الخوف والريبة التى ستتناوب على مجموعة من البحارة فى رحلة بحرية طويلة، حيث كل ما يمكن أن ترتكز عليه الروح البشرية هو حواشى وزوايا ضيقة من ضوء وسط ظلمات وظلال وضباب وحركة مترنحة، مما يؤدى إلى عقد من مواجهات بشرية عنيفة وعدائية وغير مبررة
Carol
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a title like this, it should be banned shortly!

Except that one of the people is advocating socialism....maybe not.
K.d.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was published in 1897 as far as I can see. Conrad was 39 and only recently retired from His Majesty’s Service at the rank of captain. He had been writing for a few years, with two now-unpopular novels already published, but this was his first novel of the sea. It has the feel of a kind of personal valedictory to his life at sea. In the final paragraph he says, “Goodbye brothers! You were a good crowd.”

Much of the prose lingers lovingly on descriptions of the ship and the sea, which ca
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Kerri Thomas
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think you have a hard life, reading this book will make you feel better.

I first read Joseph Conrad’s book, ‘Nigger of the Narcissus’ many years ago and never forgot his description of a tremendous gale at sea that lasted for a day and a night, and that put the sailors on board a sailing ship through unbelievable terror and hardship. The fact that it is an autobiographical tale (Conrad was a seaman for twenty years) adds great excitement to the telling. I always wanted to pick the book up
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Jose Vera
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad hace en este libro un despliegue magistral tanto de sus conocimientos de navegación como de la conducta humana.

Este pequeño universo que es el Narcissus nos entrega un sinnúmero de personajes que nos parecen reales y por los cuales sentimos tanto piedad como odio.

El Narcissus es un barco que va regresar de Bombay a Inglaterra, ha reunido a una tripulación y está pronto a partir. Es en ese momento cuando aparece James Wait, el último tripulante de la nave, y a su vez el único negro
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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.

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