Smile of Fortune: A Harbour Story

Smile of Fortune: A Harbour Story

by Joseph Conrad
     
 

Embarking in the tropics, a ship's captain makes the instant acquaintance of a seemingly genial Mr. Jacobus and his irritable brother. One a respectable businessman with a considerable reputation, the other a confessed rogue and entrepreneur with no reputation left to lose, the captain is at a loss to determine which he should befriend. Yet as events unfold, he

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Embarking in the tropics, a ship's captain makes the instant acquaintance of a seemingly genial Mr. Jacobus and his irritable brother. One a respectable businessman with a considerable reputation, the other a confessed rogue and entrepreneur with no reputation left to lose, the captain is at a loss to determine which he should befriend. Yet as events unfold, he becomes increasingly in thrall to the less scrupulous of the two and finds himself the unwitting partner in a deeply unorthodox transaction. The Smile of Fortune is a masterly tale of misplaced loyalty, family feuds, and illicit bargaining. Placed by many critics as a forerunner of Modernism, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) is best known for his chilling masterwork Heart of Darkness.

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First published in 1911, Conrad's brief tale concerns a ship's captain (of course) and his dealings with two brothers: one a respected businessman, the other a little shady. The captain, however, finds himself drawn more to the bad sibling than the good one. If your collection is still pushing the classic authors-alas, many no longer are-then give this a try.


—Michael Rogers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843914280
Publisher:
Hesperus Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Hesperus Modern Voices
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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