Lord Jim

Lord Jim

Joseph Conrad / Nov 29, 2020

Lord Jim Haunted by the memory of a moment of lost nerve during a disastrous voyage Jim submits to condemnation by a Court of Inquiry In the wake of his disgrace he travels to the exotic region of Patusan an

  • Title: Lord Jim
  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • ISBN: 9781551111728
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • Haunted by the memory of a moment of lost nerve during a disastrous voyage, Jim submits to condemnation by a Court of Inquiry In the wake of his disgrace he travels to the exotic region of Patusan, and as the agent at this remote trading post comes to be revered as Tuan Jim Here he finds a measure of serenity and respect within himself However, when a gang of thievesHaunted by the memory of a moment of lost nerve during a disastrous voyage, Jim submits to condemnation by a Court of Inquiry In the wake of his disgrace he travels to the exotic region of Patusan, and as the agent at this remote trading post comes to be revered as Tuan Jim Here he finds a measure of serenity and respect within himself However, when a gang of thieves arrives on the island, the memory of his earlier disgrace comes again to the fore, and his relationship with the people of the island is jeopardized.

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      • Joseph Conrad

        Joseph Conrad born J zef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was a Polish born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner He then began to work aboard British ships, learning English from his shipmates He was made a Master Mariner, and served than sixteen years before an event inspired him to try his hand at writing.He was hired to take a steamship into Africa, and according to Conrad, the experience of seeing firsthand the horrors of colonial rule left him a changed man Joseph Conrad settled in England in 1894, the year before he published his first novel He was deeply interested in a small number of writers both in French and English whose work he studied carefully This was useful when, because a need to come to terms with his experience, lead him to write Heart of Darkness, in 1899, which was followed by other fictionalized explorations of his life.He has been lauded as one of the most powerful, insightful, and disturbing novelists in the English canon despite coming to English later in life, which allowed him to combine it with the sensibilities of French, Russian, and Polish literature.


    1. If you are a serious student of Conrad, you must read Typhoon, Heart of Darkness, and Lord Jim. After reading Lord Jim, a comparison with Heart of Darkness is unavoidable. The two books were published a year apart; Conrad began Lord Jim first, put it down to write and publish HOD, and then finished the expanded Lord Jim. Much of the tone, themes, imagery and even language are similar if not identical.Heart of Darkness, I think, is the better literary work, and is on a short list of my all time f [...]

    2. The outlook is bleak. Conrad's last book of the nineteenth century offers the certainty that we can never be good enough, if you are lucky disillusionment will result, if less lucky disaster, and your own death will be a mercy. Ideals, civilisation and values, even love, none have a chance in the face of our universal insufficiencies, however before we start getting too pessimistic the novel itself is an exercise in optimism - at least - Conrad demonstrates, we can talk about these things, even [...]

    3. It has been over a week and a half since I last finished a book. This is so extremely unusual. I'm trying not to hold it agains the collection of books I've been reading that week in a half, but at times it's hard. I find myself eyeing Ulysses suspiciously, poke The Reality Dysfunction every once in a while to see if it's moved, or tuck The Idiot in my purse to try to get through just a little more. (Does anyone else think it's odd that a 600+ Dostoyevsky book is the only one that will fit in my [...]

    4. Ponderous and difficult to follow, but still a beautiful piece of work. I say "difficult to follow" in the sense that Conrad did not always balance his action and exposition in Lord Jim. There were large sections of backstory or the minutia of character. Certainly character is the cornerstone of this work in which a man buries himself deeper and deeper into a manageable backwoods fiefdom of sorts in order to escape his own failings on the larger stage of civilization, so it's hard to fault Conra [...]

    5. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، پیش از همه چیز باید بگویم، بنظرم این داستان یک نکتهٔ خسته کننده دارد و آن این است که نویسنده، <جوزف کنراد> در جای جایِ داستان، به احساساتِ درونی و سخن گفتنِ شخصیتِ اصلی داستان با وجدانِ خویش پرداخته است که این موضوع داستان را به درازا کشانده است------------------- [...]

    6. So much to say about this novel. One one hand it's an adventure tale, but on the other it's a harbinger of the modern novel, told from various points of view, creating an almost cubist vision of one man's struggle with guilt and morality. The prose is beautiful and the characters fascinating, every one of them plagued by their own inner demons. Jim, himself, is almost a younger version of Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, but my favorite characters were probably Brierly, the forboding sea captain, a [...]

    7. This is the classic tale of redemption - a man, running from himself for a momentary act of cowardice which brings lasting shame, atones for it in the depths of the Eastern jungles. Brilliantly plotted and beautifully written - only the undertone of white supremacy strikes a sour note sometimes.

    8. Lord Jim is an incredibly frustrating book. It's part imperial adventure, part psychological study, in the vein of Joseph Conrad's most famous work, Heart of Darkness. However, whereas Heart was brief and elegant, Lord Jim is a repetitive slog. I spent as much time trying to figure out who was telling the story as I did actually enjoying the story.The book tells of the eponymous Jim, who is a mate aboard the merchant ship Patna, which is carrying hundreds of Muslim pilgrims. Mid-voyage, the ship [...]

    9. The first half of this book is heavy work, Conrad throws a lot at you without a lot of dialogue to break it up. A very psychological novel based on the internal conflicts and consequences of past actions; in this case, the staff abandonment of a ship believed to be sinking with hundreds of ethnic travellers aboard.This is told from various viewpoints, with each character having immense development and all trying to come to terms with their own inner debacles and problems.You`re going to find tha [...]

    10. I generally only bother to review books I enjoyed- especially since I'm not bothering much to go back to review those I read quite some time ago. Lord Jim requires a review.Why did I loathe this book so much I was an English major in college. I have a master's degree in English literature. I love books! This book is the only novel I have ever read that put me to sleep. I could not get involved in the action. Conrad's verbose English diction and excessively correct grammar infuriated me. His styl [...]

    11. I don’t know if there has ever been an out and out study of Conrad’s influence on T.S. Eliot, but I couldn’t help but feel, while reading Lord Jim that the influence goes beyond the footnote. The most famous is of course Eliot’s epigram from Heart of Darkness (“Mistah Kurtz -- he dead.”). (Lesser known is another Heart of Darkness epigram – before Pound waved it off – that got things rolling in “The Wasteland.”) However, buried deeper in the “Hollow Men” are the lines “ [...]

    12. Jim,no other name is given except Lord, which he acquires later on.A son of an English clergyman,who seeks adventure, at sea.And becomes,the first mate of the rusty, old,local steamer Patna,at the age of 23.Going from port ,to port,mostly in the western Pacific Ocean area.But everything changes, when taking 800 pilgrims to Mecca.Something hits the ship underneath.Springing a major leak.Opening a hatch,Jim see's water flooding the Patna. And any moment, she will sink to the bottom of the sea.Repo [...]

    13. «perché è mio convincimento che nessuno comprenda appieno gli abili stratagemmi cui ricorre per sfuggire all’ombra sinistra della conoscenza di s黫Sicuramente, in nessun altro mestiere come in quello del mare i cuori di coloro già varati per affogare o per nuotare si protendono così tanto verso il giovane ancora sulla sponda, che guarda con occhi scintillanti il luccichio della vasta superficie, che è soltanto un riflesso dei suoi stessi sguardi pieni di fuoco.»

    14. Loved this book. Here's a great statement!"'And because you not always can keep your eyes shut there comes the real trouble -- the heart pain -- the world pain. I tell you, my friend, it is not good for you to find you cannot make your dream come true, for the reason that you not strong enough are, or not clever enough. Ja! And all the time you are such a fine fellow too! Wie? Was? Gott im Himme! How can that be? Ha! ha! ha!'" Stein, (from Joseph Conrad's, "LORD JIM")

    15. Finally, an answer to my question "what novel contains the phrase a sinister pantaloon?"Objectively speaking, I didn't enjoy this read. But also speaking objectively, I appreciate the way this book sits on the cusp of the transition from 19th-century adventure writing to 20th century modernism. An omniscient narrator tells the story of first mate Jim abandoning his ship full of Muslim pilgrims. Then Conrad inserts his favorite narrator Marlow, who picks up the story of the rest of Jim's life, hi [...]

    16. Lord Džim je sukobljeni iz naslova romana koji je možda i najautentičniji, najljudskiji, najpromišljeniji i definitivno najcelovitiji portret fiktivnog lika koji sam ikada pročitao. Konrad je ovo pisao u isto vreme kao i Srce Tame i to se oseća (iako je po mom mišljenju ovo daleko, daleko uspelije delo; ipak, na neki način nisu toliko u konkurenciji, koliko su kompanjoni, dva lica istog novčića). Strani svet, mračan, ali i lep (kao što je i Konradov stil - neke rečenice su me ostavl [...]

    17. Le parole di Stein: "Romantico - Romantico!", sembrano risuonare da quei lidi remoti, che non lo restituiranno mai più a un mondo indifferente alle sue debolezze e alle sue virtù, né a quell'affetto ardente e tenace che rifiuta facili lacrime nello smarrimento di un dolore immane e di una separazione eterna. Da quando la purezza assoluta degli ultimi tre anni della sua vita ha sopraffatto l'ignoranza, la paura e la rabbia degli uomini, egli non mi appare più come l'ho visto l'ultima volta - [...]

    18. Decía Rafael Sánchez-Ferlosio respecto de Crimen y castigo que a pesar de los estupendos diálogos con el juez no pasaba de ser un mediocre folletón, no como Lord Jim, que según él era una obra maestra, porque en esta última funcionaba exclusivamente la moral de Lord Jim y sólo él era responsable y agente de su propia redención, mientras que en Crimen y castigo, la redención de Raskólnikov, es algo a todas luces querido y dirigido por Dostoievski. El final de Crimen y castigo no me co [...]

    19. First, the bad news. In Lord Jim, Conrad launches full-bore into every idea, with a thoroughness verging on overdevelopment. The power of brevity is not explored in his writing style. Choosing realism over poetry, he paints a sharp picture akin to a photograph where other writers may have reached for enigma. But such a tender criticism, it must be said, could only be given to a great work. However, Conrad oddly tries to paint his subject matter as enigmatic using finery and detail, and the resul [...]

    20. “Se n’era andato. La notte lo aveva inghiottito. Mi rimase negli occhi l’immagine di lui, di un uomo impacciato, sconfitto, finito. Era terribile. Udii il sordo cricchiare della ghiaia sotto le sue scarpe. Stava correndo. Stava correndo, vi dico, e non sapeva nemmeno lui dove era diretto. E non aveva ancora compiuto ventiquattro anni.”Ho iniziato a leggere Lord Jim il giorno stesso in cui ho terminato Moby Dick e debbo dire che la linea di continuità tra i due romanzi continua ad appari [...]

    21. LORD JIM. (1900). Joseph Conrad. ****.I first read this novel back in the 1960s in a Signet Classic Edition. I can still see the cover art in my mind. This edition was one of the Folio Society’s uniform series of Conrad’s works issued serially in the 1990s. “Lord Jim” has been generally acknowledged as Conrad’s best book – certainly his most popular. It is not a breezy read, primarily because of its style and subject matter. Jim’s story is told, mostly, by the character Marlow, who [...]

    22. Jove! This book was ruined by being a story-within-a-story! Sometimes I had to search back and decode the quotation marks to discover whether the speaker was Marlow or Marlow relating something that Jim said. I don't know why Conrad decided to present Jim's story through Marlow, but it really distanced me emotionally from Jim's struggles. This is mostly (barring the end) told by Marlow to a small audience at a distance of some years and I found myself questioning whether he left things out or em [...]

    23. It took me a long time to complete Lord Jim, over a year grabbing chances here and there on the bus stop reading a Google Play Books version. When I found a Penguin Classics paperback in a charity shop the reading went quicker but still long.The way the novel is told, related by Marlowe made he think of a Tarrantino film. The narrative reaches back or out of the flow often. Marlowe often quote someone who is quoting another. This makes the nested quotation marks an interesting sea to navigate.

    24. Okay, so I'm not the world's biggest Conrad fan. Chinua Achebe's essay on Heart of Darkness pretty much explains why. But Conrad's on the list, so Conrad I read! I'm wishing now I'd stuck with The Secret Agent, which I read for a 20th Century British Literature course a few years ago--but no, I had to be adventurous and pick one I hadn't read before.First off, Lord Jim is confusing. The first seventy pages, it's made very clear that something terrible has happened, that Jim was involved in an aw [...]

    25. This is one of those novels that may take (a bit) more time to read. Now, there is no sense in talking about how long it will take you to read this one because that is very individual. As well as that infamous 'difficulty' factor, it is something that is bound to differ from person to person. It took me some time to read this one, but I MUST say it is one of those books that is certainly worth the effort. You know that feeling when you have read some amazing book and even though it may have take [...]

    26. I picked up a used book last week called 'In Search of Conrad' and found it fascinating. It got me wanting to read Conrad, an author I only dipped into a bit. His books are set in Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore so I got an atlas out when I was reading this travel book and became fascinated with the area. I’ve almost finished it so I'm starting reading this, based on a true incident mentioned in the book. The original Jim was second mate on a steamer taking 1000 pilgrims from Malaysia to Mecca I t [...]

    27. My problem with this book was one of misinformation and confused expectations.I've heard and read lots of references to Lord Jim as being primarily about the sinking of the Patna, a true story where a Western-owned and operated vessel full of Muslims on their way to the Haj in Mecca was believed to be sinking, and was abandoned by the crew. Turns out it didn't sink, and everyone on board was rescued by another vessel. This, as you'd imagine, was quite embarrassing for the crew. Conrad describes [...]

    28. A very different sort of read. There are no time constraints here, the author can skip forward and backward and sideways. It is 'in the will' of the reader to decide whether to follow or fold. The reader may close the last page brimming with irresolution. This is not a composition that attempts to facilitate or ease the reader with Conrad's rendition. He, Conrad, has no obligation to the reader other than to demonstrate to himself, the futility of life. The ignobility of truth, romance, or ideal [...]

    29. Joseph Conrad is a favorite author. His way with shaping English (a second language to him, being Polish), is remarkable to this day.Nobody seems to be entirely clear on the difference between fiction and literature, if any, but this book would seem to be both.There seem to be two schools of thought regarding stars on . One is simply "did I personally ~like~ the book". The other is "regardless of my liking, is this a good book". Most voting seems to follow the first line, with which is understan [...]

    30. gutenberg/ebooks/5658Opening: He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull. His voice was deep, loud, and his manner displayed a kind of dogged self-assertion which had nothing aggressive in it. It seemed a necessity, and it was directed apparently as much at himself as at anybody else. He was spotlessly neat, apparelled in imm [...]

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