Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with books such as Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and especially Heart of Darkness, his best-known and most influential work.
Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River (Classic Reprint)by Joseph Conrad
The tree swung slowly round, amid the hiss and foam of the water, and soon getting free of the obstruction began to move down stream again, rolling slowly over, raising upwards a long, denuded branch, like a hand lifted in mute appeal to heaven against the river's brutal and unnecessary violence. Al mayer
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The tree swung slowly round, amid the hiss and foam of the water, and soon getting free of the obstruction began to move down stream again, rolling slowly over, raising upwards a long, denuded branch, like a hand lifted in mute appeal to heaven against the river's brutal and unnecessary violence. Al mayer's interest in the fate of that tree increased rapidly. He leaned over to see if it would clear the low point below. It did; then he drew back, think ing that now its course was free down to the sea, and he envied the lot of that inanimate thing now growing small and indistinct in the deepening dark ness. As he lost sight of it altogether he began to wonder how far out to sea it would drift. Would the current carry it north or south? South, proba bly, till it drifted in sight of Celebes, as far as Macassar, perhaps!
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- Date of Birth:
- December 3, 1857
- Date of Death:
- August 3, 1924
- Place of Birth:
- Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
- Place of Death:
- Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
- Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France
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ALMAYER'S FOLLY (1895), the first of numerous Joseph Conrad novels, sets the mood for things to come. The novel's central character, Almayer, a Dutch colonial, born in Java, has existed in Malaya for twenty-odd years as a trader. Failed venture has followed failed venture with darkness and futility being predominant themes. To add insult to injury, Almayer is despised and browbeaten by his angry Malay wife, but somehow manages to persevere, thanks largely to his belief that Malay's interior is replete with gold. He believes his dream of striking it rich will enable him to spirit his beautiful half-Malay daughter Nina to Europe where both of them will live in a lap of luxury. But even this is potentially problematic given Nina's involvement with Dain, her Malay lover and the man tasked by Almayer to find the riches hidden in the Malay interior. Most characters in this novel, including Almayer and his Arab nemesis, Lakamba, are flawed. Ends justify the means and nobody seems to have any scruples when it comes to enriching themselves or enhancing their positions at the expense of others. And none of this is helped by the distrust and dislike that Europeans, Arabs, and Malays harbour towards each other. Indeed, this all pervasive racism spares nobody and adds to the general air of foreboding. Furthermore, any reader anticipating an exotic and/or romantic setting is sure to be disappointed. Instead, Almayer's house is in a woeful state of disrepair and we read about lizards, uprooted rotting trees, monsoons, and a muddy river that is overflowing. In essence, ALMAYER'S FOLLY is a depressing read, although Conrad's portrayal of human nature's dark side is, unfortunately enough, all too accurate. But while evil, avarice, greed, and exploitation are very real, it is equally true that many are highly virtuous and have accomplished a great deal of good. Sadly, these virtues and characters are missing in this novel. In summing up, those who appreciate novels giving voice to the dark side of the human condition will appreciate this book. But ALMAYER'S FOLLY is not recommended for those who enjoy uplifting stories with happy endings.