An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad

bookshelves: e-book, islands, gutenberg-project, group-read, published-1896, under-500-ratings, victorian, lit-richer, adventure, spring-2015, abandoned, next

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Wanda
Read from February 22 to March 24, 2015
The Yahoo group is reading this soon and I always enjoy their choices (view spoiler) so I read alongside. The ladies know that I am crap at bookclub reads so I shall fly in tandem – seperate but together.

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Front Quote: Pues el delito mayor Del hombre es haber nacito – CALDERON


Opening: When he stepped off the straight and narrow path of his peculiar honesty, it was with an inward assertion of unflinching resolve to fall back again into the monotonous but safe stride of virtue as soon as his little excursion into the wayside quagmires had produced the desired effect. It was going to be a short episode—a sentence in brackets, so to speak—in the flowing tale of his life: a thing of no moment, to be done unwillingly, yet neatly, and to be quickly forgotten. He imagined that he could go on afterwards looking at the sunshine, enjoying the shade, breathing in the perfume of flowers in the small garden before his house. He fancied that nothing would be changed, that he would be able as heretofore to tyrannize good-humouredly over his half-caste wife, to notice with tender contempt his pale yellow child, to patronize loftily his dark-skinned brother-in-law, who loved pink neckties and wore patent-leather boots on his little feet, and was so humble before the white husband of the lucky sister.

I usually enjoy Conrad but it seems that he has shored up the story into culicues of obfuscation.

3* Heart of Darkness
3* The Secret Agent
4* Victory
1* An Outcast of the Islands
3* The Nigger of the Narcissus
3* Typhoon


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