The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes

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"Reflecting Conrad's genius for narrative that focuses on the quest for inner truths, The Arrow of Gold is an exploration of the dangerous appetites of men and of human vulnerability, as well as a profound meditation on the emotional boundary between people. Boasting a cast of extraordinary and eccentric personalities, including the heroine Dona Rita, this is a story of adventure on the high seas, of the revelation of love, of the crushing weight of loss, and of freedom found in the recklessness of unadorned sincerity." During the Carlist war of
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"Reflecting Conrad's genius for narrative that focuses on the quest for inner truths, The Arrow of Gold is an exploration of the dangerous appetites of men and of human vulnerability, as well as a profound meditation on the emotional boundary between people. Boasting a cast of extraordinary and eccentric personalities, including the heroine Dona Rita, this is a story of adventure on the high seas, of the revelation of love, of the crushing weight of loss, and of freedom found in the recklessness of unadorned sincerity." During the Carlist war of the early 1870s, a young sailor, the unnamed protagonist, joins the champions of Don Carlos de Bourbon, pretender to the throne of Spain. The Carlists use the eager youth's intense attraction to the sea to persuade him to run perilous enterprises for their cause, ventures he later learns have been financed by the beautiful mistress and heiress of a rich man's fortune. When he falls in love with her, he finds himself moved absolutely by this discovery, despite the fact that she is unable to return his love fully. In the end he is left alone with his first love, the sea, his brief time with the mysterious Dona Rita marking a tumultuous awakening to a life of passion, the desolation that hides in its shadow, and the possibility of rebirth in its wake.
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Released in 1919, five years before the author's death, this novel is among Conrad's lesser-known works. It relates the story of an unnamed Spanish sailor who falls in love with a woman he can never possess. You can never go wrong with Conrad. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"One of the big love stories of the world of books."—Publishers Weekly

"The magical quality of the narrative, the fastidious and unerring distinction of the style, are Conrad at his best."—Spectator

"Doña Rita is only the central figure, not the sole notable figure, in a wonderful group, whose collective impression is that of some splendid, barbaric, yet most delicately and finely wrought example of the jeweler's art."—New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588276278
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad was born Theodor Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857 in the Ukraine. After twenty years at sea he retired to England, where he devoted himself to writing and published his first novel at the age of thirty-eight. In addition to Lord Jim (1900) and Nostromo (1904), his works include the novel The Secret Agent (1907) and the novella "Heart of Darkness" (1902). He died in 1924.

Biography

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years. In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes. He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English -- his third language. He once described himself as being concerned "with the ideal value of things, events and people" in the Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus he defined his task as "by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jósef Teodor Konrad Walecz Korzeniowski (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 3, 1857
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      August 3, 1924
    2. Place of Death:
      Bishopsbourne, Kent, England

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