A Tale of the Seaboard

Book - 2007
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Nostromo , published in 1904, is one of Conrad's finest works. Nostromo - though one hundred years old - says as much about today's Latin America as any of the finest recent accounts of that region's turbulent political life. Insistently dramatic in its storytelling, spectacular in its recreation of the subtropical landscape, this picture of an insurrectionary society and the opportunities it provides for moral corruption gleams on every page with its author's dry, undeceived, impeccable intelligence.

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Publisher: London : Penguin, 2007
ISBN: 9780141441634
Branch Call Number: CON
Characteristics: xliv, 496. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Pauly, Veronique


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Jan 15, 2019

"A man haunted by a fixed idea is insane."
Conrad's most read book will probably always be "Heart of Darkness," but many consider 1904's "Nostromo" his finest achievement. It's on the Modern Library's best novels of the 20th century, and no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald said "I'd rather have written 'Nostromo' than any other novel." Set in a fictional South American country, it centers around a silver mine, and is among Conrad's most political novels, although I'm not sure if Conrad actually set foot in South America. Like much of his work, it's a bit overwritten (After all, English was his third language.) and ponderous, but his style is all his own and the themes remain resonant. The ship in "Alien" takes its name from the title.

Oberösterreich99 Jan 15, 2018

Whereas Hesse describes a setting with great detail concisely, Conrad will do so ad nauseam.

Aug 29, 2014

i found this inexplicably long, boring, and hard to follow. what happened? did anything happen?

Jane60201 Oct 09, 2013

I read this as a class assignment. It is difficult reading but actually was pretty interesting. I liked the way Conrad was able to describe his imaginary country so vividly.


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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Dictatorship and revolutionary violence, occur in the fictional province of Sulaco.

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