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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Revised edition edition (14 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199539030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199539031
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Cedric Watts is an authority on Conrad and the author of numerous books and articles on Conrad including Joseph Conrad: A Literary Life (1989), A Preface to Conrad (2nd edn 1993), and Joseph Conrad (1994). For OWC he has edited Heart of Darkness and Other Tales and other Conrad books for other publishers, most recently Lord Jim for Broadview Press.


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It's an interesting book. The introduction is particularly fine in teeing up the emotional and moral problems encountered in the short story - it's not realism; despite the praise heaped on Conrad but rip-roaring tales of the sea. My tutor at Hull Uni told me not to try to write like Conrad because no one could...however, these are works of fictions and not documentaries which is the temptation to address them as. Typhoon is absolutely superb while Falk is a little-less lyrical and tells a sea-tale although a truly horrible story about horrible men at sea. Amy Foster is a romance of sorts and utterly charming. The Secret Sharer is absolutely brilliant; a true study of character on ship and of youth and adventure, modern and mesmerising.
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Typhoon is one of my favorite stories of all time. The rest of the stories are not bad either, but Typhoon has me totally gripped while I'm reading it.
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By Shipskip on 13 Jan. 2016
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Conrad's knowledge of the sea is a tonic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TYPHOON 11 Mar. 2013
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If anyone is a Conrad devotee, this is probably the first short story to read, if one is interested in his works. Most of his works pit the individual against the forces of nature, man's struggle to overcome overwhelmng odds, or a work focuses on a romantic hero out to make his way in a difficult world, usually against forces beyond his control and usually on the sea. His works are voyage stories, and TYPHOON pits Captain McWhirr and his crew against an enormous storm in the China Sea, and the reader is there; right in the middle of the most terrifying experience one can imagine. I've never read anything like it, and the reader will not forget it. Conrad is not easy reading; his diction is superb, and his references in the reading are extensive. This is a writer whose native language was Polish, along with Russian, French, and German; nevertheless, his prose is beautifully written.
4.0 out of 5 stars I just read Typhoon 25 Mar. 2017
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I hadn't read Conrad in years. Supposedly not his greatest work but I found it mercifully short, many-layered, and moral.
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacing a book I lost in a Flood. 6 Sept. 2013
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One of my Favorite writers, Joseph Conrad excels in this book of shorter works. When it arrived it was in PERFECT condition! Thank you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 11 Aug. 2013
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I sent this book to my grandson in the States, but I read the copy I had. Conrad is such a good story teller and just grips you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Conrad: for adults only 4 May 2006
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Conrad was one of the most psychologically subtle of English novelists, and his century-old portrait of Captain McWhirr in the title story is unforgettable - not so much because of the drama, though there's eventually plenty of that, but because of Conrad's unsurpassed ability to describe complex, perfectly convincing characters you've never read about before. McWhirr is a strange mixture of meticulousness and stupidity, shyness and guts, small-mindedness and fair play. By the end of the story, you still think he's very much a fool and probably incompetent to command a sailing vessel. Yet you can't discount his determination and ability to do exactly what's needed (as well as what's right)when the time for action arrives.

Those whose reading skills are pushed to the limit by celebrity bios won't understand or appreciate this book. Despite the one-star reviews below, there are no "gay" characters here, and no sex at all. So if that's what you want, look elsewhere. But if you're up to a classic of English fiction, written with an enormous sensitivity to language (Conrad, BTW, grew up speaking Polish and only began English in his teens) these stories will stick with you.
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