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Η βαρύσκιωτη αυτή ιστορία δεν είναι μια ιστορία φαντασμάτων, κι ας τη στοιχειώνουν τόσα πολλά. Είναι μια ιστορία κοινών ανθρώπων, συνηθισμένων, μικρών, που αποδεικνύονται μεγάλοι την ώρα της κρίσης. Υπάρχει ένα ανάλαφρο παιχνίδι που διασχίζει τούτο τον ζόφο, δοσμένο με άπειρη χάρη, το παιχνίδι ανάμεσα στο οικείο και το αλλότριο, ανάμεσα στο πεζό και στο θαυμαστό, στο ανεξή ...more
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Published 2004 by Ίνδικτος (first published 1916)
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Darwin8u
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"a man should stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience and all that sort of thing Why--what else would you have to fight against?"
-- Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-Line

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One of Conrad's later novels. This one was published in 1917. The story is pretty straight forward, the plot direct. It isn't an elaborate story, but one that explores that moment, that shadow-line between youth and adulthood. The basic story involves a young officer, suddenly thrust into command. During his first v
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Davide
[La linea d'ombra è quanto di più lontano da un libro basato su colpi di scena e sorprese della trama; ma segnalo comunque che commentando farò riferimenti precisi a nomi e avvenimenti]





La prima forte impressione - per una lettura che, nella mia piccola tradizione personale di leggere sempre qualcosa di Conrad ogni agosto davanti al mare, viene dopo Nostromo e Lord Jim - è di una estrema semplicità narrativa.
In effetti questo è tutto un racconto filato, in prima persona (se vogliamo collocarlo ne
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Agir(آگِر)
Her kesek di navbera wi dinyayê de, hindek dînatî heye...
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Gattalucy
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro letto nel lontano 2007. Ma lo ricordo ancora come fosse ieri, perché capita di trovarsi, come il protagonista, in una bonaccia senza vento, un limbo che non porta da nessuna parte e tutte le rotte che hai tracciato sembrano solo linee inutili su una carta senza senso.
Conrad è un bastardo così. Pensi di leggere un libro di avventure, di viaggi per mare, e invece il viaggio è quello dentro l’anima. Fino alla paura di non potercela fare, quella del dubbio su sé stessi nel momento in cui la sp
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Ivana Books Are Magic
THE SHADOW LINE: A CONFESSION

The novella opens up with a young narrator, who actually does a pretty good of explaining the novel’s title (the shadow line) in the first paragraph:

" Only the young have such moments. I don’t mean the very young. No. The very young have, properly speaking, no moments. It is the privilege of early youth to live in advance of its days in all the beautiful continuity of hope which knows no pauses and no introspection.
One closes behind one the little gate of mere boyis
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Lyn
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad describes that demarcation line in the journey of life that divides the happy, bright, fantastic and irresponsible youth with the darker ages of manhood. Conrad goes on to delineate this vision as being beyond the “charm and innocence of illusions”.

The Shadow-Line is one of his most accomplished nautical tales and stands close to Typhoon and Youth as almost entirely about the sea and man’s relationship to a vessel. Whereas Youth was of a young man’s first ventur
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Vittorio Ducoli
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ognuno di noi l'ha scorta

La linea d'ombra è, con Cuore di tenebra, il più noto e il più acclamato romanzo di Conrad.
Si tratta in effetti di un testo che in poco più di 120 pagine (in questa edizione) presenta una varietà ed una stratificazione tematica straordinarie. A partire dal titolo, scelto non a caso da Conrad dopo avere scartato l'iniziale Primo comando, sono molti gli interrogativi che ci pone questo libro.
Cosa è la Linea d'ombra? La risposta immediata, ma non la più scontata, ce la dà l
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Bruce
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novella, told in the first person by a young Englishman who is unnamed, is set, as are so many of Conrad’s stories, in a seaport in the Far East. The narrator has suddenly resigned a comfortable position as mate on a ship, apparently resigning what he acknowledges is a good position in a fit of vague malaise, a sense of inexplicable dissatisfaction, intending to book passage home to England. Abruptly, the position of master of another ship becomes available and is offered to him, and just a ...more
Stella
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non avrei detto potesse coinvolgermi una storia di marinai e di navigazione. Invece sono rimasta avvinta dall’atmosfera sospesa, inquietante della storia, dal suo protagonista giovane e non più giovane, che attraversa la linea d’ombra confrontandosi con la paura, con la responsabilità, con l’azzardo delle scelte, con il peso del destino, con l’imprevedibile, con il dover di rimanere nella propria vita, come un soldato in guerra, nonostante tutto. Il libro è scritto benissimo, è di grande raffina ...more
Ivan
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La giovinezza finita e i suoi sogni infranti, le speranze, le attese deluse, lo scetticismo, il disincanto, il tedio verso la vita, sono questi i segni che abbiamo già oltrepassato la linea d’ombra? Ma è ancora possibile, oltre questa linea d’ombra, ritrovare ancora un senso e un gusto per la vita, un nuovo innamoramento per la bellezza. “Il senso di inutilità della vita, che mi aveva reso tanto irrequieto negli ultimi mesi, perse ogni sua ragione d’essere, perse la sua malefica influenza, disso ...more
Bastet
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me interesé por La línea de sombra (1917), de Joseph Conrad, leyendo el revelador ensayo de José Balza «Fantasmas ante los ojos», donde dice que es su relato favorito de Conrad por el magnético temor que desprende. De Conrad solo he leído El corazón de las tinieblas y La línea de sombra, pero coincido con Balza en que la segunda supera a la primera.
En muy pocas páginas, desde que el capitán sin nombre —trasunto de Joseph Conrad— se hace a la mar en un velero, el narrador logra transmitir al lec
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

"Worthy of my undying regard"

To Borys And All Others Who,
Like Himself, Have Crossed In Early Youth
The Shadow-Line Of Their Generation With Love


—D'autre fois, calme plat, grand miroir De mon desespoir. —BAUDELAIRE



2* Amy Foster
2* The Secret Agent
3* Heart of Darkness
3* The Secret Sharer
3* The Lagoon
4* Lord Jim
4* Victory
3* The Shadow-Line
TR Nostromo
TR An Outcast of the Islands
TR The Idiots

About Joseph Conrad:
Joseph Conrad by Hugh Walpole
The English Novel:
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WORDMAN
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad pens this fictionalized autobiography, which, for the most part is going to be difficult if not impossible to describe. Were I able to tell you, however, you would have the sense of it in the same way that you experience a fly buzzing the ether unseen. Enthralled within the movement of words, with eyes not wanting to leave the page, you will hear the story – whispering from behind the shadow line of it’s exquisite prose.

Every page a gift.

This book is about a young captain who is ha
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Keith
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middling Conrad is still leagues ahead of most everything else. He sticks to the autobiographical script, probably to the story's detriment: it could have used a bit of embroidery. As it is, we, like the narrator, wait for the thunder and fear the lightning but get precious little of either. Had Conrad the energy to develop more of the crew as characters, there might have been more (or more complex) dramatic tension; but perhaps that would have been a misstep, too: this is, after all, a tale abo ...more
M
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gdl
È stata una lettura molto faticosa all'inizio, il primo capitolo è molto lento.
Poi un po' ci si abitua al ritmo, un po' ci si sente vicini al protagonista nel passaggio della linea d'ombra, il momento in cui ognuno "deve affrontare la sua cattiva sorte, i propri errori, la propria coscienza".
Sylvester
(It's tough to rate books like these. For writing skill, I'd easily give this 5* - Joseph Conrad is a master of his craft, and his grasp both of the seafaring life itself and also of human nature is unsurpassed (in my opinion) by any other writer. But for sheer enjoyment - 3*. Not every great book draws me in - does that make sense? I find it very tricky to rate because of this, and have often given a lesser novel a higher rating because I just flat out enjoyed it, when a really excellent book g ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
ناخدای رمان «مرز سایه» در شرایطی کاملا خوب، دل از کار و همکارانش و زندگی اجتماعی میکند، و گوشه انزوا برمیگزیند، و تا مرز فروپاشی عصبی و فروافتادن به دل سایهها پیش میرود، اما به ترغیب دوستی دنیادیده، کار جدیدی برمیگزیند تا از دل تیرگی مرگ خارج شود. در بخشی از رمان «مرز سایه» آمده است: در زندگی، یک «خط سایه» وجود دارد، مرزی که هشدار میدهد با گذر از آن، از حیطه خامی و جوانی گذشتهاید. گذر از این مرز با گذراندن آزمونی بسیار دشوار، امکان مییابد. این شاید همان چیزی باشد، که روانشناسان از آن، با عنوان ب ...more
Data79
"E d'improvviso il buio divenne acqua"
Il racconto, in parte autobiografico, narra della prima esperienza come capitano di un giovane uomo e delle responsabilità che lui deve affrontare, diventando uomo e abbandonando la giovinezza e la spensieratezza che la accompagna. Il protagonista deve affrontare contemporaneamente due grossi problemi: una bonaccia che blocca la nave in mare, lontano da rotte battute e senza l'ausilio del motore, e una epidemia di febbre tropicale a cui non può porre rimedio
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Alessandro
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bel racconto di avventura, passione e amicizia; ma anche un viaggio introspettivo alla scoperta dei valori e delle debolezze degli esseri umani, che ad un certo punto si trovano a dover varcare linea d'ombra.
Frederick
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: conrad, novella
I usually read a work and wait a day before reading anything the author has written ABOUT it.
But in the case of THE SHADOW-LINE, I realized that, as is usual with Conrad, the "Author's Note" would be welded onto the story. You almost CAN'T discuss anything by him without taking into account his own commentary.
His note on THE SHADOW-LINE essentially confirms what I thought his intention was in the story itself. If you read this novella (for it is a novella, not a novel, Conrad flourishing at a t
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Dvd (polemologico e pantoclastico)
Un giovane marinaio si congeda dalla sua nave senza ragioni ben precise, se non per un confuso e contraddittorio desiderio di novità. Sceso a terra in un afoso porto orientale, riceve in una strana maniera il comando (il primo comando della sua carriera) d'una nave rimasta senza capitano, morto durante il precedente viaggio. Accetta e salpa, non sapendo che il viaggio sarà un calvario e rappresenterà la più dura delle prove.

La linea d'ombra a cui fa riferimento il titolo, lo afferma Conrad stess
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Maria Altiki
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Πρώτα από όλα να πω ότι αν η γραφή του Conrad δεν ήταν τόσο καλή δεν θα διάβαζα ποτέ ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο. Πρώτη μου επαφή με τον συγγραφέα και το θέμα του βιβλίου για μένα αδιάφορο. Περιγράφει την ιστορία ενός νεαρού ναυτικού που ενώ παρατά την εύκολη δουλειά του ως δεύτερος ναυτικός σε ένα εξαιρετικό καράβι, αναλαμβάνει να γίνει καπετάνιος σε ένα καράβι με πολλά προβλήματα. Γενικά πρόκειται για μια ιστορία ενηλικίωσης μέσα από τις δυσκολίες της ζωής αλληγορικά, μέσα από μια ναυτική περιπέτεια. Οι ...more
Matthew
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow-Line is another one of Conrad’s stories that deals with a hero who is faced by a problem that comes from an unexpected source, and for which he is unprepared. On this occasion, the menace comes not from a storm or an accident or a mutinous crew, but from the very calmness of the sea itself.

It seems hard to imagine in our day, but there was a time when a calm ocean was almost as much to be dreaded by sailors as a tempest. When Mendelssohn wrote his overture ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voy
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Chris
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Conrad ‘The Shadow Line, a Confession’

“Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning.”
Anton Chekhov

In the years when Joseph Conrad wrote (1915) and published (1917) his short novel Shadow Line, A Confession, London was the capital of the world, as later Paris and now New York and perhaps in a few years Shanghai will be.
Artist and writers from all over the world gathered in London in those years, as did a constant stream of refuges mainly from Eastern Europe, among them Jose
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John David
I picked up this book much too casually and without any forethought, and because of this, didn’t give to the book the time and energy that it deserved. This is one of Conrad’s later stories, and happens to have a lot of autobiographical elements, in that it focuses on a young man who gets a commission to lead a ship into the Orient. Conrad’s first command was to sail a ship called the Otago from Singapore into Bangkok. Despite the death of the previous captain and the less-than-auspicious circum ...more
Alessandro
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conrad cerca di raccontare attraverso una propria esperienza il passaggio dall'adolescenza alla vita adulta, l'attraversamento della linea d'ombra. Il protagonista, un giovane a cui viene affidato un veliero da condurre al porto più vicino, perderà in fretta l'entusiasmo per l'incarico affidatogli per l'insorgere di un problema totalmente ignorato dal giovane, la mancanza di vento. La bonaccia susciterà nel giovane un crescendo di agitazione e angoscia e avrà conseguenze sull'intera storia. Una ...more
Bonadext
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Tra i romanzi di formazione, La linea d'ombra ha la caratteristica peculiare di non parlare del passaggio dall’infanzia all’adolescenza, o dall’adolescenza alla maturità, ma di quel particolare momento di crescita che va dalla età del giovane adulto a quella dell’uomo maturo. E proprio perché si tratta di un passaggio poco frequentato in letteratura, che non si manifesta in un’età precisa, e cambia secondo le esperienze, l’ambiente e i processi di sviluppo intellettuale di ognuno, è difficile d ...more
Andrés Cabrera
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La línea de sombra remite al punto de quiebre en la vida de las personas: esa vivencia en específico que marca el paso de la juventud (inocente y deseosa) a la madurez (a la que le es propia la experiencia, ese estado vivencial producto de un suceso que sólo remite a la tristeza y el dolor, al menos para Conrad). Tras ese paso, la vida no puede ser la misma: la persona se ha visto sometida a tomar postura, a no eludir sus posibilidades existenciales más profundas y asumir el trasegar de la propi ...more
Nick
Dec 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No reason not to love Joseph Conrad. This brief bildungsroman (5 cents, cha-ching!), supposedly autobiographical, tells the story of a young captain whose first command is a boat of deathly malarial sailors, caught in the doldrums and short on quinine. It's gripping, chilling, etc. No one writes about sick men on boats (set adrift in all sorts of ways) like JC. I suppose now I should read Nostromo and Lord Jim.

Jeff A. gave me this paperbook, a Vintage reissue snagged from work. Thanks, dude. Wan
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Craig
"a man should stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience, and all that sort of thing. Why- what else would you have to fight against?"

On the surface this work tells a decent story with a non-preachy didactic feel. It is about a struggle for survival not by an independently strong and able hero, but a hero that uses his strength and abilities together with his crew to overcome their difficulties. This may seem formulaic but Conrad creates this world and meaning without seeming s
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“All my moral and intellectual being is penetrated by an invincible conviction that whatever falls under the dominion of our senses must be in nature and, however exceptional, cannot differ in its essence from all the other effects of the visible and tangible world of which we are a self-conscious part. The world of the living contains enough marvels and mysteries as it is—marvels and mysteries acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state. No, I am too firm in my consciousness of the marvelous to be ever fascinated by the mere supernatural which (take it any way you like) is but a manufactured article, the fabrication of minds insensitive to the intimate delicacies of our relation to the dead and to the living, in their countless multitudes; a desecration of our tenderest memories; an outrage on our dignity.” 30 likes
“The world of the living contains enough marvels and mysteries..acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state.
No, I am too firm in my consciousness of the marvellous to be ever fascinated by the mere supernatural...”
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