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Gers are rescued Jim is left to face the music alone in a court of inuiry Lord Jim is highly recommened for those who enjoy the stories of the sea as well as the writings of author Joseph Conra. 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 and Stein amidst all his butterfliesThis novel is steeped in so much beauty and melancholy The passages about the Patna disaster are devastating Well worth a read

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Lord Jim is a story written by author Joseph Conrad which focuses on the courage flaws character and thoughts of life Jim who is a young British seaman becomes the first mate of a ship which is. 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 identicalHeart of Darkness I think is the better literary work and is on a short list of my all time favorite novels It is elegant simple focused relentless and inevitable Lord Jim by contrast is a ambitious work complicated both in its telling and design and ultimately human Whereas HOD is fable like in its earnest minimalism Lord Jim is intentionally complex with an almost Faulkneresue omnipresence Both works present a dialogue between Marlowe and another In HOD it is Kurtz Elliot s Hollow Man In Lord Jim it is Jim an idealistic but tragic hero perhaps a nineteenth century Everyman blessed and cursed alike by maritime European imperialism Marlowe is a narrator to Kurtz s story while he is a central character and a sympathetic observer of Jim It is this interaction between Marlowe and Jim that reminds me of The Great Gatsby and there is some evidence that Fitzgerald was an admirer of Conrad s

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Full of pilgrims travelling to Mecca During an accident Jim along with captain and crew abandon the ship and passengers Ditched by the other crew members after the ship is dicovered and passen. 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 storyThe 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 has engine trouble and then starts taking on water A suall is coming The captain and crew is convinced that the Patna is going to sink They are eually convinced that telling the pilgrims of this fact will start a panic resulting in all their deaths So the brave captain and his hearty men depart the ship in a lifeboat Jim follows suit The only problem the ship doesn t sink Later it is towed into harbor with no loss of life The crew of the Patna Jim included go on trial before the shipping board Eventually he loses his sailing certificate Of all the men only Jim seems ashamed And he is really ashamed I mean pathological Most of this book is devoted to his all consuming wallow The story is told in typical Conrad fashion by which I mean it utilizes every contrivance known to LOST The first section of the book is written in the third person This was my favorite part It was fast moving uncluttered and clear Then Marlow the louacious raconteur from Heart of Darkness shows up and starts spinning his story Apparently recovered from the jaundice he got searching for Kurtz Marlow is in the mood to talk And talk And talk He s the uintessential drunk uncle on Thanksgiving Long after everyone else has fallen asleep watching the Dallas game he s still there wine in hand telling you the same thing for the fourth time This was my first view of Jim He looked as unconcerned and unapproachable as only the young can look There he stood clean limbed clean faced firm on his feet as promising a boy as the sun ever shone onThe next roughly two thirds of the book is told in first person by Marlow This section utilizes nested dialogue so that Marlow will be relating a story in which a person within that story is also relating a story The number of unreliable narrators in Lord Jim is astounding When you look at a page you see a mass of uotation marks It all gets very confusing Just to make it confusing every once in awhile the book will jump back to third person Then the book ends with a letter written by Marlow to an unnamed man who d been listening to the original story It was the nested dialogue that did me in There s really no reason why you have to use uotation marks as Marlow tells his story It would ve been much simpler to just shift the book from third to first person while Marlow talks instead of working Marlow s extended monologue into the third person format reuiring the use of uotation marks inside uotation marks For whatever reason Conrad is insistent on jamming these essentially first person narratives into third person This choice wasn t a big deal in Heart of Darkness because the framing device was much simpler start by introducing Marlow Marlow tells his story end with Marlow finishing story In Lord Jim it s a much bigger problem because the narrative is jumping all over the place There are stories told within stories at times it s like opening a Russian nesting doll There are dozens of tangents and digressions and trying to keep straight who s doing the talking whether it s Marlow or Jim or some other characters reuires constant attention I was also disappointed by how repetitive this book was Marlow takes an interest in Jim for reasons I can only surmise old man obsessed with young manoh I ll just stop and tries to get him a job Jim takes the job does a good job then uits whenever the Patna is brought up So Marlow gets Jim another Job Jim does a good jobetc Finally Marlow through the help of his friend Stein finds Jim employment on the island of Patusan in the Malay Archipelago Here Jim becomes a benevolent Kurtz and earns his honorific Lord He falls in love with a mixed race girl named Jewel becomes friends with Dain Waris a chief s son and generally seems content though he will never stop brooding about his moment of cowardice to the point where I wanted to slap the taste right out of his mouth The finale comes when a buccaneer named Gentleman Brown invades Patusan and Jim shows that a man s character is indeed his fate There are parts to like about Lord Jim Conrad is a great writer and it almost goes without saying that if you read this book you will find masterful descriptions colorful imagery and incisively wielded similesEvery morning the sun as if keeping pace in his revolutions with the progress of the pilgrimage emerged with a silent burst of light exactly at the same distance astern of the ship caught up with her at noon pouring the concentrated fire of his rays on the pious purposes of the men glided past on his descent and sank mysteriously into the sea evening after evening preserving the same distance ahead of her advancing bowsThe awnings covered her deck with a white roof from stem to stern and a faint hum a low murmur of sad voices alone revealed the presence of a crowd of people upon the great blaze of the ocean Such were the days still hot heavy disappearing one by one into the past as if falling into an abyss of ever open in the wake of the ship and the ship lonely under a wisp of smoke held on her steadfast way black and smoldering in a luminous immensity as if scorched by a flame flicked at her from a heaven without pity The nights descended on her like a benediction


10 thoughts on “Lord Jim

  1. says:

    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 L

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    Jim no other name is given except the rather pretentious one of Lord which he acuires later on A son of an English clergyman who seeks adventure among other things 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 But everything changes when taking 800 pilgrims to Mecca something hits the ship underneath springing a major leak not good Open

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    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

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 de

  6. says:

    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 Does anyone else think it's odd

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    785 Lord Jim Joseph ConradLord Jim is a novel by Joseph Conrad originally published as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine from October 1899 to November 1900 An early and primary event in the story is the abandonment of a passenger ship

  8. says:

    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 fav

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    I generally only bother to review books I enjoyed especially since I'm not bothering much to go back to review those I read uite some time ago Lord Jim reuires a reviewWhy 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 ex

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    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