Victory

Victory

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by Joseph Conrad
     
 

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Heyst was known in the East Indies as a character: a perfect gentleman, a Swedish Baron, 'enchanted' Heyst, a dreamer. For years he had drifted harmlessly around the islands. Then, after a failed business venture, he settles alone on Samburan, only to emerge to steal Lena - violinist with the touring Ladies' Orchestra at the Schomberg Hotel - right from under…  See more details below

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Heyst was known in the East Indies as a character: a perfect gentleman, a Swedish Baron, 'enchanted' Heyst, a dreamer. For years he had drifted harmlessly around the islands. Then, after a failed business venture, he settles alone on Samburan, only to emerge to steal Lena - violinist with the touring Ladies' Orchestra at the Schomberg Hotel - right from under Schomberg's lustful gaze. But Schomberg sends to the island three outlaws, and Samburan becomes the setting for a final duel of character.

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“I am glad that I am alive, if, for no other reason, because of the joy of reading this book.” —Jack London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192801753
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heyst’s remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.
“With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,” writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. “The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.”
The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.

Author Biography: Peter Lancelot Mallios is an assistant professor of English and American Studies at the University of Maryland.

Meet the Author

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. In 1896 he settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as YouthHeart of DarknessLord JimTyphoonNostromoThe 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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 3, 1857
Date of Death:
August 3, 1924
Place of Birth:
Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
Place of Death:
Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Education:
Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

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Victory 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! is all can say after reading Victory. Jack London once said that he was glad to be alive, if only for the reason of having read this book. Well, actually the story IS that good--provided one has the imagination for it. The story has wonderfully interesting characters and an equally captivating plot.
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Thorns soul floated out of his mind and body. As his body grew cold, his body caved in. For he was just a peice of magic. Fir he had failed his pourpose, so the power must go back to what it came from. The shadow empire.
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The tiny dragonet watched the soul.
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He couldn't purr or hum, so he just lay there silent and awkward.
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&#10023 I hate you for what you did to me, Thorn. I allowed Firnen to mate with me, because of you. You abandoned me... &#10023 The Eldunari's voice hissed.