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The Inheritors (Pocket Classics) [Paperback]

Joseph Conrad , Ford Madox Ford
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29 Aug 1991 0750900113 978-0750900119 New edition
Large Format for easy reading. The first of three novels which Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford collaborated on, it tells the story of a struggling writer, his tragic love and his gradual destruction. A modernist science fiction work, it asks many questions about humanity and fate. Conrad and Ford also collaborated on Romance and The Nature of Crime.
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (29 Aug 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750900113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750900119
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,669,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars an odd book, but well written in parts 14 Jan 2010
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This is definitely not typical of a standard Conrad novel and this presumably represents the influence of its co-author Ford Maddox Ford (Heuffer). The result is a rather skittish, eclectic drama which the authors correctly subtitle as an 'extravagant story'. Is it a good novel? Well the prose is superb and somewhere inbetween that of Conrad at the height of his powers, and Ford with his slightly discomboluting touch. Overall, if you're a Conrad fan then this is definitely worthwhile but I would suggest reading his better known works first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but interesting 21 Jan 2014
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Odd piece this, written by Conrad and Ford Madox Ford. Almost a companion piece to Heart of Darkness, as investors and politicians at the European end of the operation manipulate the reputation of a distant colonial escapade. Meanwhile a beautiful young woman, claiming to be from the Fourth Dimension (she says she is to inherit the earth), is involved. Clash of values ensue as the old order gives way... Odd.
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This is one of the best books I have read for a long time. Brilliant writing -- I only now realise the difference between reading ordinary books and this well-written one -- with a surprisingly modern and horrifying back story to it. It is about what Conrad calls the 'Fourth Dimensionists' who are to inherit and rule the world and what these days we'd call members of the New World Order, Global Governance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Creeps Shall Inherit the Earth: Conrad & Ford's THE INHERITORS 28 Feb 2013
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This little known 1901 novel by Joseph Conrad and Ford Mattox Ford (ne Hueber) is a precursor to such works as William Golding's much later novel of the same name; the hugely (and in my opinion, undeservedly) popular "Matrix" movie series; and also to another (originally) dark-horse story, "THEY Live". The ahead-of-its-time idea of these tales is of a type of being - whether a new species of hominid, digitally generated superhumans, or, as here, an extra-dimensional creature - which outwardly resembles man and woman, but which, mainly by virtue of having high intelligence unburdened by emotion, slowly takes over the Earth from its more sentimental predecessors.

The idea of this, so to speak "anti-Vulcan" type being able to infiltrate, dominate, and at last annihilate, all proximate competition resonates deeply with us because, really, it is more than an idea: it is history. Or, more precisely, prehistory: The reason we homosapiens believe ourselves to be alone "in God's image" amongst "the beasts that perish", or, in the words of the brilliant ethologist Desmond Morris "a kind of fallen angel rather than a naked ape", is more than probably because, at some point in prehistory, homosapiens *simply and ruthlessly, wiped out every other hominid - and perhaps even every anthropoid - that could reasonably(!) compete with us for the inheritance of the Earth*. Then, with our closest cousins gone for some 10,000 years, we began to believe the flattering myth that there never existed any creature closer to us than the relatively stupid chimpanzee, and the relatively harmless bonobo; that we alone were valued by the Heavens; even, that, like the Inheritors of the Conrad/Ford story, we were descended not from a pitiful lemur-like beast in the primeval forest, but from "a higher dimension", be it Eden, or the apex of Aristotle's "Chain of Being". In the words of another brilliant social commentator, Howard S. Schwartz: "We pushed reality back until it became a rumor, then we denied the rumor".

I highly recommend this deeply insightful, metaphoric novella, by two of the finest writers in English.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction and Political Intrigue Do Mix 26 July 2013
By Vic Mabuse - Published on
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I finished reading the Inheritors this afternoon. Overall an enjoyable read, but one must remember, it is a science fiction/political intrigue story from 1901. Sadly, this was not the book that inspired Genesis in the song A Trick Of The Tail, though admittedly, it was an honest mistake. By the time I realized the error, I was interested enough in the book to finish it.
It is a novel that must be read carefully as it is full of political intrigue with just enough science fiction to make it more intriguing. Several key ideas spring to my mind having read it:
1. Beware politicians.
2. Beware beautiful women from another dimension.
3. Don't let strangers impersonate a family member.
4. Be true to one's values, family and friends
If you can do this, perhaps you would have faired better than the protagonist of this book and would have had a much happier ending. Sometimes, tradition is a good thing to hold on to.

BTW: It may offend some readers as there are some racially tinged dialogue in the novel, not an atrocious amount, but be aware.
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird novel trying to find its genre 27 July 2014
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I've always had trouble enjoying books that try to find the perfect intersection of science fiction & philosophy. I had to read the entry for this novel in Wikipedia to make certain I understood the point the authors were trying to make.
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