Lord Jim

Lord Jim

eBook - 2013
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Lord Jim is a novel by Joseph Conrad the author of The Heart of Darkness. Published at the very end of the nineteenth century, Lord Jim follows the life of the eponymous hero, a young British seaman working in the Malays. In the first part of the narrative, which is based on a factual story, Jim is on a ship travelling from a Far-Eastern island to Mecca and boarding hundreds of Muslim pilgrims. When the ship faces very bad weather conditions and starts to founder, Jim and the rest of the British crew leave the ship and sacrifice all the passengers. Later, the Muslim passengers are also saved and Jim is sued for not standing up to his duty. In the second part of the story, downhearted Jim is back to work, yet he has to hide his true identity and reprehensible past. He is then sent to work on a remote island where no one knows him. Jim tries to redeem himself by defending the island's natives against criminals. He becomes much respected, yet by the end of the narrative, when he fails to protect the people from the attacks of outsiders, he willingly surrenders to death.
Publisher: [United States] :, A Word To The Wise :, 2013.
ISBN: 9781780004563
1780004567
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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patch666
Mar 22, 2017

S great book

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fugeninkan
Feb 14, 2017

I read Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer in college, which was awhile ago, but had never read anything else by Conrad. After hearing Burroughs talk about him I decided to read more of his stuff. Lord Jim I found to be difficult reading. It is very dense and detailed and sometimes I became pretty impatient with it because of the slow pace in which the story is told. One part of the book, maybe five or ten pages I just skipped. A few times I just skimmed for awhile to get on with the tale. But it's not as difficult as Henry James or Joyce. And the story is actually pretty engaging. One other reviewer called Jim a "miserable cur" which I have to disagree with. He makes a terrible mistake for which he can never forget or entirely forgive. But he makes a great effort to redeem himself and to conduct himself in an honorable way. I also liked reading about the seafaring life of the 1880's and life on the tropical islands. After finishing the book I have to say that was worth the effort.

Tyler__J Jun 09, 2015

I am in awe of several things, but mostly the language. This is prose that could stand in the ring with Melville and give as good as it took. As penetrating a look into the meaning of honor - or what honor used to mean a hundred years ago - as anything ever written.

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wbellott
Aug 06, 2011

I just couldn't get into it. I guess I'm not a Conrad fan. I found Conrad's style and characters tiresome. Jim *is* a miserable cur.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Jim, a naive water-clerk on a cargo ship, jumps off when the ship starts to sink. Since the Captain and officers cannot be found Jim is tried for abandoning the ship and its 800 passengers.

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