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on 1 December 2009
Conrad is a much neglected author these days. In part I suspect that it is because he is a very descriptive writer - settings and place are an essential part of the narrative and he takes time to get this right - and in part because he is not interested in action so much as the consequences and impact on people of action. That's not to say that there is no action in his stories - this selection covers shipwrecks, revolutions, prison break-outs and murder - but that these events are secondary to character.

Most of these stories, which cover Conrad's entire career, are relatively short and thus provide a good introduction to his writing without feeling that you have to get through an entire novel. They range from the black comedy of "An Outpost of Progress" to the tragic love story of "Amy Foster".

If you are looking for an undemanding, easy read, this is not for you. But if you would like to engage your brain, meet complex and interesting characters in exotic surroundings, and want to understand why some critics regard Conrad as one of the greatest authors ever, then this great value selection is well worth getting.
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on 31 July 2016
As expected
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