A Tale of the Seaboard

Book - 1992
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Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1992, 1904.
ISBN: 9780679409908
Branch Call Number: FIC/Conra 31au 01
FIC Conra
Characteristics: xlii, 532 p. --


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Jan 15, 2019

"A man haunted by a fixed idea is insane."
Conrad's most read book will probably always be "Heart of Darkness," but many consider 1904's "Nostromo" his finest achievement. It's on the Modern Library's best novels of the 20th century, and no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald said "I'd rather have written 'Nostromo' than any other novel." Set in a fictional South American country, it centers around a silver mine, and is among Conrad's most political novels, although I'm not sure if Conrad actually set foot in South America. Like much of his work, it's a bit overwritten (After all, English was his third language.) and ponderous, but his style is all his own and the themes remain resonant. The ship in "Alien" takes its name from the title.

Oberösterreich99 Jan 15, 2018

Whereas Hesse describes a setting with great detail concisely, Conrad will do so ad nauseam.

Aug 29, 2014

i found this inexplicably long, boring, and hard to follow. what happened? did anything happen?

Jane60201 Oct 09, 2013

I read this as a class assignment. It is difficult reading but actually was pretty interesting. I liked the way Conrad was able to describe his imaginary country so vividly.


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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Dictatorship and revolutionary violence, occur in the fictional province of Sulaco.

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