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Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
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Sep 15, 2009

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"Lord Jim" is a novel about fear, cowardice, and bravery. It is about the price that one pays for any of them. Jim was once driven by fear to desert his responsibility by abandoning the passengers on what he took to be a sinking ship. It didn't sink and he paid the price for his cowardice at a naval inquiry. He spent the rest of his life making up for that cowardice by helping to overthrow a corrupt warlord who had imposed his will on a province in upper Burma. Conrad writes at length about the impact of fear on moral choice. "Lord Jim"is something of a classic in that regard.

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