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Overview

Penguin inaugurates a series of revised editions of Conrad's finest works, with new introductions

Conrad's great novel of guilt and redemption follows the first mate on board the Patna, a raw youth with dreams of heroism who, in an act of cowardice, abandons his ship. His unbearable guilt and its consequences are shaped by Conrad into a narrative of immeasurable richness.

This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.

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Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. The abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.

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. . . a book of the rare quality of Lord Jim is something to receive with gratitude and joy, and with a sense of a distinction conferred upon the readers of romance. (New York Times -- Books of the Century)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140005295
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/30/1971
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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'.

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."

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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

Table of Contents

Map of Brown's Voyage to Patusan 6
Acknowledgements and Editorial Notes 9
Introduction 11
Selected Further Reading 31
Note on the Text 34
Lord Jim 41
Notes 353
Glossary 367
Chronological Guide 375
Index of Leitmotifs 377
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    The Other Side of Kurtz

    In HEART OF DARKNESS, one of three Conradian works featuring the narrator Marlowe, the main character is Kurtz, a European completely corrupted by imperialism. In LORD JIM, Marlowe tells of his friend Jim, another European who seeks the jungle. Jim does everything he can to help the tribesmen he encounters. Although LORD JIM is an anti-imperialist book, it is a warning from a civilized author to a civilized readership to expect to be demoralized in any encounter with primitive peoples. Kurtz is a bad man and Jim is a good man, but the two have much in common. Marlowe (Conrad's mouthpiece) pities them both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Flip Side of Heart of Darkness

    This beautiful story of a young man damned to a reputation of cowardice is from the man who wrote HEART OF DARKNESS. This involves imperialists in the jungle, as does HEART OF DARKNESS, but Jim, the young man, wants to help people. Whether he can or not is part of the plot. Conrad is the master of irony.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    A thinking mans adventure.

    Lord Jim is an adventure story, but it also involves the psychological side. There were several chapters that I had to reread several times to get a true grasp of the story that was being told. And that's alright. Jim is a young man who pictures himself as one who is destined to be a hero and a great adventurer. Unfortunately reality does not match his vision and Jim must deal with his own act of cowardice. Wherever Jim goes and as much as he tries to hide form his past, he soon learns it catches up with him and since he does not know that if he can be forgiven he runs further and further. His lack of knowing that he can have redemptions leads to a very sad ending. While this is not as easy reading as most adventures, and at times made me want to pull my hair out, I still recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    If you interested

    If anyone wants to talk with me, i will be happy and willing to chat with you:)
    -EMILY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Not English

    Whether a bad encode or mislabeled language rhs book is unreadable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    One of the finest books I ever read

    I had just graduated from highschool when I read Lord Jim. Anyone can understand it if they invest their time in it. And it would be an investment that pays dividends for the rest of your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    It's full of typos..

    This versionwas unreadalbe because all the typos and line errors I found....

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    difficult to read

    format is difficult to follow. Paragraphs are either run on or separated in middle by line spaces.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Joseph Conrad is not my type of writer.

    In my opinion the story became bogged done with too much psychological analysing of the characters to keep my interest.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    boring

    I thought the first half of the book was pretty good but it went downhill from there. I really struggled to finish this one. Boring!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    excellent book!

    I think that this was an wonderful book. It was one book out of many on my 9th grade reading list, and I am so glad that I read it. THe characters are memorable, and the storyline is wonderful. Conrad is a very elegant writer with an interesting style. I would definitly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    classics

    Too many Americans have difficulty reading material that has not been simplified. This is too bad for many books involve vocabulary and an appreciation for dialect. This book is one that requires an education to appreciate. Yet, I hope readers do not shy away from it. You need not have a teacher, only a curious mind.

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