The Secret Agent (Collins Classics)

The Secret Agent (Collins Classics)

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by Joseph Conrad
     
 

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HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.‘They swarmed numerous like locusts, industrious like ants, thoughtless like a natural force, pushing on blind and orderly and absorbed, impervious to sentiment, to logic – to terror, too, perhaps.’Considered one of Conrad’s most political works, The Secret Agent

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HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.‘They swarmed numerous like locusts, industrious like ants, thoughtless like a natural force, pushing on blind and orderly and absorbed, impervious to sentiment, to logic – to terror, too, perhaps.’Considered one of Conrad’s most political works, The Secret Agent is set against the dismal backdrop of a drab and alienating London, and tells the story of the bombing of Greenwich Observatory by a group of anarchists.Shopkeeper, spy and reluctant anarchist Mr Verloc becomes embroiled in this terrorist plot, exploiting his mentally disabled brother-in-law Stevie in the process, leading to tragic circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007477500
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2012
Series:
Collins Classics
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
113,485
File size:
447 KB

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The Secret Agent 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
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"I honestly don't know. O-O That's just who he is."
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Just today I finally finished reading The Secret Agent. This has to be (not only one of the best Conrad Novels) one of the greatest novels I have ever read. It is an amazing tale of terrorism, and plotting deep within, and really makes a person think about the psychological horrors of man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this, I thought that it was a satire, but reviews that I've read indicate otherwise. The story is about a reluctant secret agent who is in it only for the money and who botches his first terrorist act, thus triggering a wave of events that lead to his demise. Although the story is certainly not funny, it¿s hard to take it seriously. Conrad must have been smiling when he came up with the idea for the clue that leads to the discovery of the terrorist's guilt. The 'known terrorists' with whom the secret agent associates are anything but threatening, especially the grossly overweight Michael, who spends all his time writing a book about his prison experience, and Comrade Ossipon, who is horrified at the sight of a dead body and appalled that he might be implicated in a murder. It's interesting that Conrad refers to the bomb builder as the 'perfect anarchist,' perhaps because he has no interest in his customers¿ motivations or the purposes fulfilled by his weapons. Is this a satire? You be the judge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Conrad's prophetic tale of Anarchists written in 1907 is the story of our current World Trade Center crisis. Anarchists or Islamic Terrorists bent on the innocent destruction of life or progress such as science in the case of Conrad is evil..it needs not be understood but crushed. Anarchism,Terrorism both strike at the heart of decency killing innocent people and destroying innocent symbols of humanity. Conrad's heart of darkness is visible in the Secret Agent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most laborious reads of my life. I would not wish it upon anyone. In fact, if it had not been included on USA Today's TOP 100 English language novels of all-time, I would have not read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story itself wasn't complicate at all, but the main charactor's psychological inner struggles make story exciting. Even though the author's mother's tongue was not English, his English vocabularies are limitless and very intelligent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a man who speak English as a second language, I was so surprised at his writing. He used many difficult English words in his novel and I coulnd believe his mother language wasn't even English and he learn it after age of 20. Even though the story is quite short, it was very exciting and very clever and well organized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
P-P-P-P-P-PARAMORE?!?!?!?" He finds his sterio and puts in still in to you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont hate him, i pity his showing wimpiness.