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Peter Willems, a clerk in Macassar, granted a 'second chance' at a remote river trading post, falls ever more hopelessly into traps set by himself and others. The pawn of Babalatchi, the one-eyed schemer of power politics, and of the rich Abdulla, who uses Willems to increase his own wealth, his fate is sealed by his lover, Aissa, and by Almayer, an embittered fellow countryman.
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Peter Willems, a clerk in Macassar, granted a 'second chance' at a remote river trading post, falls ever more hopelessly into traps set by himself and others. The pawn of Babalatchi, the one-eyed schemer of power politics, and of the rich Abdulla, who uses Willems to increase his own wealth, his fate is sealed by his lover, Aissa, and by Almayer, an embittered fellow countryman.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780460877732
  • Publisher: Everyman Paperback
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Conrad, (1857-1924) born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, was a Polish-born English novelist. Most of his works featured a nautical setting and depicted trials of the human spirit by the demands of duty and honor. Before he started writing, Conrad joined the French merchant marines and later joined the British navy. Some of his numerous works include, Heart of Darkness, The Arrow of Gold, The Secret Agent, An Outcast of the Islands, and Lord Jim.

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

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    Posted December 16, 2014

    Anorak

    Name:Zixzan Gokarian Anorak Kedashi Nicknames:Zix Mr.G G Gogo Kair Kairy Mr.K K Age:???(Looks twenty five) Weapons:Two eleven inch Daggers. Skills:Amazing agility,acrobatics,gymnastics. Cooking. Drawing. Carving. Strategy. Teleportation(Due to magical blood tranfusions with a dragon.) Singing. Appearence:6ft 3in Tall. Wears Sliver suit and black dress shoes. Blonf hair goes down to back. Has pointed eard and color changing eyes. Hes caucasian. History:find out personality:Odd

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    Posted December 16, 2014

    Leader thorn.

    Name :thorn<p> race:dragons<p> age: two eons <p> mate:saphire <p> rank: leader <p> looks: a blood red dragon that is 12 ft tall 28 ft long and has a wingspand of 68 ft. Has long spiral horns and spines runing along his spine that are poisanous.<p> wepons: fangs,claws, fire,acid, pousinous spikes and teeth, and has very hard scales. <p> powers. Can frease stuff with breath, shoots spikes,telaports, and if his wings or legs get ripped off the grow back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Well worth the read!

    Well worth the read!

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    Posted April 26, 2012

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