The Secret Agent (New Edition) [NOOK Book]

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The Secret Agent is a novel by Joseph Conrad. The novel deals broadly with the notions of anarchism, espionage, and terrorism. It portrays anarchist or revolutionary groups before many of the social uprisings of the twentieth century. The novel is set in London in 1886 and follows the life of Mr. Verloc, a secret agent. Verloc is also a businessman who owns a shop which sells pornographic material, contraceptives, and bric-a-brac. He lives with his wife Winnie, his mother-in-law, and his brother-in-law, Stevie. ...
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The Secret Agent (New Edition)

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Overview

The Secret Agent is a novel by Joseph Conrad. The novel deals broadly with the notions of anarchism, espionage, and terrorism. It portrays anarchist or revolutionary groups before many of the social uprisings of the twentieth century. The novel is set in London in 1886 and follows the life of Mr. Verloc, a secret agent. Verloc is also a businessman who owns a shop which sells pornographic material, contraceptives, and bric-a-brac. He lives with his wife Winnie, his mother-in-law, and his brother-in-law, Stevie. Stevie has a mental disability, possibly autism, which causes him to be very excitable; his sister, Verloc's wife, attends to him, treating him more as a son than as a brother. Verloc's friends are a group of anarchists of which Comrade Ossipon, Michaelis, and "The Professor" are the most prominent. Although largely ineffectual as terrorists, their actions are known to the police. The group produce anarchist literature in the form of pamphlets entitled F.P., an acronym for The Future of the Proletariat.

The Secret Agent was ranked the 46th best novel of the 20th century by Modern Library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783736802506
  • Publisher: BookRix
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Sold by: Readbox
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 362
  • File size: 676 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    Secret Agent

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Rose

    "I honestly don't know. O-O That's just who he is."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Rose

    Bleh. Too many results.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Derek

    I guess I don't do anything?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Black star

    P-P-P-P-P-PARAMORE?!?!?!?" He finds his sterio and puts in still in to you

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Morgyn

    Yes ma'am.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Drake

    Finally on!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    DEATH THE KID TO ALL VERY IMPORTANT

    I am gomna change my name to maadara uchiha

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Avril

    I dont hate him, i pity his showing wimpiness.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Avril

    May I ask why Kato is such a jackass? T-T

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Amazing read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    more enjoyable than Heart of Darkness or Lord Jim

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2001

    Timely Indeed

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    REVIEW: The Secret Agent

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    Secret Agent

    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.

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