The Secret Agent

A Simple Tale

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This is the only novel that Conrad set in London, and it communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. Verloc, a Russian spy who is also working for the police, is os ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 29/07/15
I don't know why I keep trying with this author. I abandoned the Secret Agent just as I did with "chance" some time ago. Assuming to believe in previous lives, I think the spirits of me and Conrad had a serious quarrel in a previous life of ours: Con...Continua
Ha scritto il 11/01/10
I haven't read any Joseph Conrad since my college days and while The Secret Agent is supposed to be one of his more famous yet accessible works, the prose is still quite dense by contemporary standards. As a spy novel, The Secret Agent belongs to th...Continua
Ha scritto il 11/01/08
The more I mull over this book, the more I get out of it, so am glad I persevered. The language it uses is pretty hard going - 30 word sentences etc - and you can't help by being impressed with the vocabulary given this is written in the author's thi...Continua
Ha scritto il 29/09/07
I wouldn't have picked up this book to read on my own but it was this month's book for Bibliogoth (the goth reading group here in London). I've not read any of Joseph Conrad's other books, though I do want to read "Heart of Darkness". When I picked i...Continua

Ha scritto il Jan 06, 2008, 14:28
"He positively saw snakes now"
Pag. 230
Ha scritto il Jan 06, 2008, 14:25
"How can a political philosophy based on the peaceful virtues of consideration for the oppressed and an impassioned desire to end their oppression so easily become a force reliant on oppressive violence?"
Ha scritto il Jan 01, 2008, 22:38
"Only a fruiterer's stall at the corner made a violent blaze of light and colour. Beyond was all black, and the few people passing in that direction vanished at one stride beyond the glowing heaps of oranges and lemons"
Pag. 119
Ha scritto il Jan 01, 2008, 22:35
(of peculiar patrons)"They seemed created for the Italian restaurant, unless the Italian restaurant had been perchance created for them. But that last hypothesis was unthinkable, since one could not place them anywhere outside those special establish...Continua
Pag. 119
Ha scritto il Jan 01, 2008, 21:58
"Its deliberation upon international action for the suppression of political crime don't seem to get anywhere. England lags. This country is absurd with its sentimental regard for individual liberty"
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