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An Outcast of the Islands (Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Joseph Conrad
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28 Aug 1975 0140040544 978-0140040548 New edition
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 Aug 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140040544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140040548
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,212,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years.

In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The 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.

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About the Author

Joseph Conrad was a Polish novelist who lived most of his life in Britain and didn't learn English until age 21. The young Conrad lived an adventurous life involving gunrunning and political conspiracy, and apparently had a disastrous love affair that plunged him into despair. He served 16 years in the merchant navy.In 1894, at age 36, Conrad reluctantly gave up the sea, partly because of poor health and partly because he had decided on a literary career. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is Conrad's second novel and is very similar to Lord Jim.However its style is slightly less convoluted in the descriptive sense,but it still retains the intensity and dark turn of phrase of his later works.The emotional depth of the characters and their sufferings in a strange and savage land is profoundly portrayed and is rarely equalled,this is an excellent introduction to this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 29 April 2014
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Last read this when I was 15 and was very struck by it at the time, as it is intensely atmospheric and captures a sweltering atmosphere of thwarted luck, lust and frustration, played out amongst ethnic and religious rivalries. What is striking is how modern the book is and how relatively untainted by the bigotries of its time. Conrad's balanced mastery of the English language, from colloquial speech to evocations of unrelenting nature, is rich, natural and unmannered.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Conrad -pessimism from the start! 4 Sep 2013
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Full of local colour for those who know the South China Sea area - a bit over-dramatised , a dark, pessimistic, typically Conradian ending. Some interesting ambivalences about cultures and race, seen in historical terms.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe some might like 5 Oct 2013
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I read as much as I could stomach which was not overmuch. It was laborious and did not entice me to continue beyond the first few pages. Not for me.
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