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Lord Jim

Lu par : Gene Engene
Durée : 13 h et 11 min
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This adventure story of the south seas is one of Conrad's best-known works.

Jim is a young man who has chosen a career with the Merchant Marines. Early on he is tested by the sea and found wanting. His ship founders on the high seas and sinks. Disregarding the passengers, Jim and the rest of the crew manage to escape in lifeboats. The passengers die with the ship. Haunted by his one act of cowardice, Jim wanders from port to port in search of self-respect. He manages to redeem himself and earn the title of Lord Jim in a dangerous and exciting fashion.

Like all of Conrad's stories, it begins a little slow, but as the story unfolds the action builds to an exciting conclusion.

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Mixed Feelings!

This very long novel could be considered as two. The first part is enthralling and presents the subtle and intricate story of a shipman accused of not living up to his duties. The second part is a rather banal pirate story involving the same shipman but where his role is almost secondary.

This work was apparently initially published in instalments and sadly it shows: some sections clearly appear drawn out. The overall writing style is very formal and quaintly distant from realism. The multiple shifts from one narrator to another may be considered artistic by some and confusing by others.

Published at the very beginning of the 20th century, the novel reflects a bygone imperialist world in the exotic South Pacific. Some contemporary readers may be surprised or even dismayed at its matter-of-fact sexism and racism. Indeed, not only is no significant character a woman or a “non-white” but disparaging comments are casually made throughout the work regarding all but white men.

Overall, this classic novel is of interest as a witness of its times but is by no means of utmost pertinence in the 21st century.

It must be mentioned that the audiobook presents technical shortcomings and that strange metallic sounds can be perceived here and then throughout the work.

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  • Michael
  • 17/07/2017

Great, but not the best Conrad

Of the Conrad I have read this has the most story, character development, action, and romantic tone, but it maintains the deep existentialist undercurrent of his other works. This is quite a good book, but is my least favorite of the Conrad I have read. Lord Jim asks existential questions. if we are a product of nature, can we be condemned for our actions? Given our powerful inclination for self justification, can we trust our self image at all? Lord Jim is a less pure example of Conrad's writing than is Heart of Darkness or Nostromo.

I am happy I read this, but would not recommend it as a first Conrad. I recommend reading Heart of Darkness, if you love that, read Lord Jim.

The narration is very good, completely clear, well paced, with strong characterizations.

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