Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

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Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard is a novel of great political and psychological importance in modern literature. Set in the fictional South American nation of Costaguana – a land wracked by war and revolution – Conrad paints a mesmerizing portrait of man’s vulnerability to greed and corruption. Through a unique narrative style and vivid characterization, Conrad delves into an account of human frailty with an ironic twist; it is a story without heroes.

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New York, NY 1967 Hardcover As stated 4th impression with no listed date. Good Condition. No Dust Jacket Ex-library (church) copy with normal markings and attachments-no outer ... sticker. Text is clean, pages are white and crisp. Binding is tight and solid. Cover is sunned, but no corner or spine issues. 381 pp. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Presidnts; History. Inventory No: 1561003476. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard is a novel of great political and psychological importance in modern literature. Set in the fictional South American nation of Costaguana – a land wracked by war and revolution – Conrad paints a mesmerizing portrait of man’s vulnerability to greed and corruption. Through a unique narrative style and vivid characterization, Conrad delves into an account of human frailty with an ironic twist; it is a story without heroes.

Conrad's dazzling array of viewpoints and chronology ensure that the reader is embroiled in the stress and passion of each moment of his characters' lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I had always thought that there were books you read to entertain yourself and classic books to educate you, but with Nostromo I realised a book could be both." —-Billy Ivory, Nottingham Evening Post
David Latane Jr. Virginia Commonwealth University
"Ruth Nadelhaft's new edition of Nostromo is a timely addition to the Broadview Editions series. Without neglecting the traditional critical and biographical approaches, the supplementary materials and lucid introduction place Conrad's difficult masterpiece fully and clearly within its contemporary contexts (especially the events surrounding the Panama Canal project), and in relation to our own debates about imperialism, colonials, and alleged racism in Conrad's work. Broadview's Nostromo, like its companion volumes, is truly a text for the way we teach now."
Michael Coyle Colgate University
"Nadelhaft negotiates the impasse between existential and political responses to the book. In reaffirming that the personal is the political, she demonstrates how Nostromo represents the process whereby 'imperialism transmits the virus of alienation.' Joined with the historical apparatus so characteristic of Broadview Editions, such theorizing genuinely reopens a book that hasn't yet received its due."
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In this gripping story about an imaginative South American republic of Costaguana, Conrad paints in shocking detail the insidious effects of greed and corruption. When the silver mines of the South American Republic of Costaguana are threatened by rebel forces, a brave Italian captain, Nostromo, steps in and offers to bury the silver to ensure its safety. His good intentions become tainted as the dark forces of human nature take over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561003471
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author


Novelist Joseph Conrad, one of the first English ""modernists,"" was considered by critics to be the single most important innovator of twentieth-century literature. Among his most famous works are Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim.

Antony Ferguson, a native of London, England, is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off Broadway, and Regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit.

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Joseph Conrad: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Nostromo
Appendix A: Selected Reviews
1. Letters of Arnold Bennett (25 November 1912)
2. Unsigned review, The Times Literary Supplement (21 October 1904)
3. Unsigned notice, Review of Reviews (1 November 1904)
4. Unsigned notice, Black and White (5 November 1904)
5. Unsigned review, Daily Telegraph (9 November 1904)
6. C.D.O. Barrie, British Weekly (10 November 1904)
7. Unsigned review, Manchester Guardian (2 November 1904)
8. Edward Garnett, Speaker (12 November 1904)
9. John Buchan, Spectator (19 November 1904)
10. Unsigned notice, Illustrated London News (26 November 1904)
Appendix B: Selected Letters
Appendix C: Documents relating to the Panama Canal Treaty of 1903
Appendix D: "Autocracy and War"
Works Cited
Recommended Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    Is this the same guy who wrote 'Heart of Darkness?'

    I didn't finish the book. The characters were two-dimensional, the exposition difficult to follow, and the premise disappointing.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2005

    Slightly difficult to finish, but a good read in the end!!!

    NOSTROMO was a long book to get through - I had to stop a few times to look up a word in the dictionary, but it was a fascinating story that sparked me into critical thought. However, this is not a book for someone looking for a quick literary revelation, so to speak. Even as an advanced placement (AP) English student in the middle of my senior high school year, it took patience and concentration to get drawn into this book. But once that was done, the richness of the characters, the descriptive narratives, intricate symbolism, and enlightening themes drew me into the author's mind. And having finished NOSTROMO, it would almost be an understatement to say that Conrad must have been brilliant. If you absorb this book with all of its essential elements, it is absolutely incredible what lessons you can learn for your life just from the pages.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    I really struggled to get through this book. I mean really, real

    I really struggled to get through this book. I mean really, really struggled. Whereas I can usually get through a book this size in about 10 days, it took a month and was highly unenjoyable for the first half. Now I really didn't like Heart of Darkness to begin with, but this story is completely written differently. In that book as well as Lord Jim, Conrad uses Marlow as a narrator who tells a progressive, linear story. I hear that Nostromo is written in a way similar to Ulysses, In Search of Lost Time, and To The Lighthouse in that it is not a flowing, chronological story--but a sting of scenes that appear in an order that has no rhyme or reason. It's supposed to be part of the "fun" for the reader to piece together, but I found it difficult when the author digresses to something that happened who knows when in relation to the main plot. The characters were also hard to form a picture of as Conrad refers to each one with several different names. Nostromo is also known as Capataz de Cargodores and Gran Battista--none of which are his actual name! And the way the author uses words from French, Italian and Spanish is also confusing, but the B&N Classics edition is good at providing footnotes.

    All of this notwithstanding, the basic plot is a good one. It has a moral and a powerful tone. Among the redeeming qualities, it compares the incorruptible, pristine silver to the "incorruptible" Nostromo (who barely appears in the novel until the latter half). At the end of the novel (a few pages from the finish), there is an exchange between said main character that did bring tears to my eyes and a sympathy to a seemingly incorruptible man. The message of the book is timeless, and that's why I suspect this is hailed as one of the best of all time--though I considered it a tough read.

    Conrad considered it something, but not what he was hoping for. I agree, but I'm glad I read it. Conrad was rushed by his publisher and even had to have Ford Maddox Ford help him with the manuscript (thanks for an informative introduction Barnes and Noble). If one wishes to try their hand at reading this, I suggest not to get bogged down trying to keep track of all the characters or what's happening to whom--hang in there until Deccoud's letter to his sister (about halfway) and it will become much better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 2, 2014

    Blake

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    Walks in

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