19 August 2012
Almayer's Folly and An Outcast of the Islands which I had not tackled before. They mark an interesting break with the gung-ho imperialism of works such as King Solomon's Mines and the start of a modern consciousness that took a more sceptical view on the activities of European nations in the far east. They also show the early signs of Conrad's famous literary modernism - long complex sentences, non-linear narrative, shifting point of view, dramatic suspensions and an all-pervasive sense of grim irony. The two books are populated by a number of the same characters, and it doesn't really matter in which order you read them. They're not in the same league as his greatest works such as Nostromo, Heart of Darkness, and The Secret Agent, but they are well worth reading.
Posted by MANTEX at 7:45 PM