To the white men in the waterside business and to the captain of ships he was just Jim - nothing more. He had, of course, another name, but he was anxious that it should not be pronounced.' Lord Jim tells the story of a young, idealistic Englishman - 'as unflinching as a hero in a book' - who is disgraced by a single act of cowardice while serving as an officer on the Patna, a merchant-ship sailing from an Eastern port. His life is blighted: an isolated scandal assumes horrifying proportions. An older man, Marlow, befriends Jim, and helps to establish him in Patusan, a remote Malay settlement. There he achieves a kind of peace, but his courage is put to the test once more. Lord Jim is one of the most profound and rewarding psychological novels in English. Set in the context of social change and colonial expansion in late Victorian England, it embodies in Jim the values and the turmoil of a fading empire....Continua
winslow homer, _banana tree-nassau_, des moines art center, iowa
I think it has been the most beautiful novel I ever read. The first time I read it when I was 10-11 years old, translated in Italian, after the movie with Peter O'Toole. After nearly half a century it still bears to me the teaching to the courage of living growing an ethic, despite all. I got at the end this original for an examination at the university for the course of English, and discovered that other girls had made the same choice. I read it again several times, and every time it spoke to me even more deeply as a sign of everybody's fate, and of my fate of course. Just I still love it like the first time a read it....Continua
"He goes away from a living woman to celebrate his pitiless wedding with a shadowy ideal of conduct".
The book on which I discovered that reading the original and its translation makes for two different books. I lost my faith in translation, then, but I acquired a greater one in Language. The more so, seeing that Conrad was a Pole!
And then, Jim is such a vivid, complex, flawed, endearing character! You cannot but care deeply for him. Add to this a great narrating voice, wonderful descriptions and a plot that might have been over-melodramatic in lesser hands, but just comes out as painfully true from Conrad's magic pen... Quite a masterpiece.