Lord Jim

Lord Jim

A Tale

Book - 1992
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This compact novel, completed in 1900, as with so many of the great novels of the time, is at its baseline a book of the sea. An English boy in a simple town has dreams bigger than the outdoors and embarks at an early age into the sailor's life. The waters he travels reward him with the ability to explore the human spirit, while Joseph Conrad launches the story into both an exercise of his technical prowess and a delicately crafted picture of a character who reaches the status of a literary hero.

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Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1992.
ISBN: 9780141441610
9780140620146
0140620141
9780679405443
0679405445
Branch Call Number: CON
Characteristics: xxxiii, 396 p.

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patch666
Mar 22, 2017

S great book

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fugeninkan
Feb 14, 2017

I read Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer in college, which was awhile ago, but had never read anything else by Conrad. After hearing Burroughs talk about him I decided to read more of his stuff. Lord Jim I found to be difficult reading. It is very dense and detailed and sometimes I became pretty impatient with it because of the slow pace in which the story is told. One part of the book, maybe five or ten pages I just skipped. A few times I just skimmed for awhile to get on with the tale. But it's not as difficult as Henry James or Joyce. And the story is actually pretty engaging. One other reviewer called Jim a "miserable cur" which I have to disagree with. He makes a terrible mistake for which he can never forget or entirely forgive. But he makes a great effort to redeem himself and to conduct himself in an honorable way. I also liked reading about the seafaring life of the 1880's and life on the tropical islands. After finishing the book I have to say that was worth the effort.

Tyler__J Jun 09, 2015

I am in awe of several things, but mostly the language. This is prose that could stand in the ring with Melville and give as good as it took. As penetrating a look into the meaning of honor - or what honor used to mean a hundred years ago - as anything ever written.

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wbellott
Aug 06, 2011

I just couldn't get into it. I guess I'm not a Conrad fan. I found Conrad's style and characters tiresome. Jim *is* a miserable cur.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Jim, a naive water-clerk on a cargo ship, jumps off when the ship starts to sink. Since the Captain and officers cannot be found Jim is tried for abandoning the ship and its 800 passengers.

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