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Nostromo [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Conrad
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In the fictional republic of Costaguana instability and revolution are the norm. When Charles Gould’s silver mine becomes a catalyst for violence, he fears his wealth will be taken by his enemies. Charging Nostromo—said to be incorruptible—with the task of selling the silver offshore, Gould no longer fears for the fate of his wealth; however, as Nostromo’s own desire for power and fame strengthens, corruption seems the inevitable end.

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Set amid the exotic and grandiose scenery of South America, this book reveals the lives and fates of the characters as well as the physical and political composition of a whole country.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (20 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7RYDC8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Often regarded as Conrad's masterwork, Nostromo is also Conrad's darkest novel, filled with betrayals at all levels and offering little hope for man's redemption. A novel of huge scope and political intrigue, it is also a novel in which no character actually wins. All must accept the ironies which fate has dealt them. Setting the novel in the imaginary South American country of Costaguana, the story centers around a silver mine in the mountains outside of Sulaco, vividly depicting its allure and the price each character pays for its success.

When Charles Gould, returns from England to claim and reopen the rich silver mine he has inherited from his father, he has good intentions--to provide jobs for the peasants and contribute to the economy of the town at the same time that he also profits. Soon, however, he becomes obsessed with wealth and power, and as the political climate gets hotter, he must pay off government officials, bandits, the church, and various armed revolutionaries to be able to work. Each of these groups is vividly depicted as working for its own ends and not for the good of the people, and with their goals focused on the real world, these characters have no self-awareness, nor do they develop it during the novel.

In contrast to these "unrealized" humans, Conrad presents several characters who develop some self-awareness through their experiences. Nostromo, a local legend, is a man of principle who has always kept his word. Martin Decoud, a newspaper man, is a nihilist who has editorialized against the revolution, though he has yet to test himself. Dr. Monygham, captured during a past revolution, broke under torture, and is now seeking absolution by fighting against this revolution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Conrad Novel 21 Jun 2009
This is an outstanding epic story from one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century. The writing is rich and Conrad as always fully succeeds in taking you to another place and time drawing you in to the characters and story and maintaining your intrigue to the end. Again Conrad shows off his worldly wise view of the world drawing on his own experiences. There is also some great insight into South American politics and its insidious corruption. Overall an excellent and intriguing story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conrad is a master writer 10 Jun 2013
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I had never read anything by Joseph Conrad, but this was available for my Kindle so I down-loaded it. It is a superb book, well-written, with a gripping plot, great characterisations and very descriptive of the place and era in which it is set. Conrad is a master of the craft, and I am now working through the rest of his catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conrad's finest work 28 July 2003
There are many ‘classic’ novels that are very over-rated, but this is not one of them. This is a fascinating exploration of greed and obsession set in a fictional South American republic plagued by constant revolutions. 'Nostromo' explores the corrupting influence of the pursuit of material interests and is prescient in its depiction of the U.S.A.'s involvement in the politics of the region. Meticulous in its detail and insightful in its exploration of human motivations and moral weakness, the action flows quickly (for a Conrad novel!) and the many shifts in time and location steadily draw the reader into the bloody history of Costaguana and its long-suffering people. The characterisations are excellent (although the author struggles a little as usual with his female characters)as are the evocative descriptions of the landscape and society, and Conrad's prose style is simply superb. This is a great novel, which will reward the reader's perseverance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest 16 Sep 2014
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I am reading Nostromo for the 3rd time for a Book Group which examines Novels in depth. Each time I have enjoyed it more and read it more slowly.
Though it is a challenge it need not be daunting if the following actions are taken - in ascending order of importance.
1. Read the Author's Note - not surprisingly it helps to put you on the right track.
2. Appreciate Conrad had a romantic view of women.
3. Understand where Conrad is coming from. A Polish aristocrat happily ensconced in Edwardian England, he was not likely to be unsympathetic to Imperialism. But he was enough of a cynic and man-of-the-world to see the downside, particularly its insensitivity to cultural values.
4. Respond to his irony, particularly with reference to Nostromo. Look at the Author's note with its reiteration, 'Nostromo - Man of the People'. Nothing could be clearer. The eponymous hero is a mythical figure created largely by Mitchell. To read the novel without understanding this and other examples of Conrad's irony will lead to confusion and misunderstanding.
5.Read slowly or more than once. Conrad's use of language is unsurpassed in English fiction because of, rather than in spite of, his individual style, This is dictated by the meaning he wished to convey. So he often changes the conventional word order to help us understand what he is saying. If this slow us down that is all to the good.

This is one of the greatest of novels, but appreciation will only be in proportion to the time and trouble taken reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described, well packaged and promptly sent. A classic of story telling.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor edition
Bad American edition, with fragile glue binding and the title of another book at the head of every page. No introduction or notes - essential in a novel of this complexity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars !
Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Little
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it really a great English novel?
Leavis considered it one of Conrad's two masterpieces. Not sure I can agree or whether I am being conned by the reputation when I read this. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Miketang
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to my Kindle library.
I chose this rating on the basis of ease of "purchase" - I believe it was free. I would recommend to others.
Published 18 months ago by Robert Milton R M Milton
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the read
Not something that i would read normally as it was free i downloaded it and rather enjoyed it, wish i had read his books at school
Published 19 months ago by Abbi G
1.0 out of 5 stars A pity really...
...because I like other works by Conrad. Sadly though, this one beat me. It's not often I give up on a book, but the long-winded, convoluted descriptions and clumsy grammar left me... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by HunterDThompson
5.0 out of 5 stars "A fellow in a thousand"
This book was first bigged up by one or other of the Leavises in the 1930s, and in some ways Conrad hasn't really recovered from this. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by schlockhorror
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Nostromo seems to appear in most of the authoritative lists of the best novels of the twentieth century, so the fact that it's a brilliant, intricate, masterful book is too obvious... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Mr. H. N. Steinberg
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