The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes

The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes

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by Joseph Conrad
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940017740910
Publisher:
London : T. F. Unwin
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
598 KB

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 3, 1857
Date of Death:
August 3, 1924
Place of Birth:
Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
Place of Death:
Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Education:
Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

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