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DOWNLOAD À The Nigger of the Narcissus õ This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work Although Conrad is famous for his seafaring tales, I have generally preferred his books that are set mostly or wholly on land This is my favorite of all of his seafaring tales that I have read so far, it is better for example in my opinion than Typhoon or The Shadow Line, which are both good stories, but not up to Conrad s best This is one of the best stories told from the perspective of the crew of a sailing ship that I have ever read by any author The only one I can think of that I enjoyed Although Conrad is famous for his seafaring tales, I have generally preferred his books that are set mostly or wholly on land This is my favorite of all of his seafaring tales that I have read so far, it is better for example in my opinion than Typhoon or The Shadow Line, which are both good stories, but not up to Conrad s best This is one of the best stories told from the perspective of the crew of a sailing ship that I have ever read by any author The only one I can think of that I enjoyed as much is Two Years Before The Mast All of the characters in this story are distinctive and interesting Their interactions with each other and with their ship, their officers and the sea all ring true They are clearly rough men hardened by years in a rough profession, but the sickness of the title character brings out an unexpected tenderness and solicitude in them, even though he is black man in an era when prejudice was far worse than it is today, even though they suspect him of being a malingerer and despite his apparent lack of appreciation for their ministrations They hate him for all of these reasons and yet they still care for him.The narration is first person, but we know almost nothing about the narrator, so that it almost becomes third person It is an interesting technique that Conrad would later perfect with Marlowe in Heart of Darkness The were the everlasting children of the mysterious sea Their successors are the grown up children of a discontented earth They are less naughty, but less innocent less profane, but perhaps also less believing and if they had learned how to speak they have also learned how to whineJoseph Conrad, The Children of the SeaAll work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every lineJoseph Conrad, Introduction to The Children of the Sea IN aThe were the everlasting children of the mysterious sea Their successors are the grown up children of a discontented earth They are less naughty, but less innocent less profane, but perhaps also less believing and if they had learned how to speak they have also learned how to whineJoseph Conrad, The Children of the SeaAll work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every lineJoseph Conrad, Introduction to The Children of the Sea IN a book whose very title suggests it is rigged with the weight of race and racism, bigotry and brutality, it is strange to discover the book is really not especially about race While the main character in The N of Narcissus IS black, the book s narrative after the beginning doesn t hardly deal with that Race is practically the least interesting, least compelling THING about James Wait It is hard to figure out how to talk about the book I have no card Nobody who isn t black has a card, so do I avoid the title Use the alternate title The Children of the Sea Do I only use N Do I bow to Kanye and use broke broke The disastrously named book is, however, fundamentally about humanity Like most of Conrad s books, the sea provides a rhythm and a boat provides the setting for exploring the way men interact Looking at the way men deal with life and death and the contradictions we feel towards those we love and those we hate is a taut canvas for Conrad to sew what was probably the beginning of his best period of writing This novella was followed immediately by such masterpieces as Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, etc.The other gem from this book is Conrad s bold introduction, which is considered one of the best manifestos of literary impressionism If you don t like fiction, the short introduction, all by itself, is almost worth the price of admission Obviously the title alone puts it somewhat beyond the pale for a high school curriculum even the reader with a broader experience of the evolution of racial attitudes is going to approach in hopes of aprogressive stance than s he s likely to get.The title character is a West Indian St Kitts, I think with an aristocratic demeanor and a resonant voice one can imagine James Earl Jones in the part who can mete out twice the disdain he receives, a sailor hired on in India for a trip back Obviously the title alone puts it somewhat beyond the pale for a high school curriculum even the reader with a broader experience of the evolution of racial attitudes is going to approach in hopes of aprogressive stance than s he s likely to get.The title character is a West Indian St Kitts, I think with an aristocratic demeanor and a resonant voice one can imagine James Earl Jones in the part who can mete out twice the disdain he receives, a sailor hired on in India for a trip back to England who immediately declares himself too ill to work Although suggestions that he s malingering arise and at one point he sneers that he is in fact defrauding the chiefs, it turns out he is actually dying and ultimately deluding himself All the other hands revolve around him as a sort of all purpose other the most iconic characters are the captain who embodies noblesse oblige, a Cockney left wing agitator who we are persuaded to disdain, even though he gives voice to the reform movement of the latter 19th c against the dreadful treatment of the merchant marine that Conrad himself belatedly came around to, outgrowing themacho libertarian attitude to seagoing culture of his earlier days and the old salt, the 60 ish lifetime sailor who is as unquestioning of the class hierarchy of the ship as the captain.The complex racial, social and political questions that Conrad raises despite the neutral authorial stance, the trope of the ship as a microcosm of society with a purity of purpose that is contrasted to the unexamined lives on the shore, and the sometimes breathtaking prose are all worth the work of reading it.The other accomplishment of the book is what we would now call the cinematic descriptions of storms at sea I found them dizzying and at times preferable to skim Conrad was apparently influenced by the battle scenes in The Red Badge of Courage which I immediately picked up for comparison He was at all extremity Forget the title for a minute, though I ll say something about that shortly.This is one of Conrad s finest works, and its tight, succinct, and scathing effectiveness as a morality tale might even set it higher than Heart of Darkness.The plot is simple a black English sailor is dying aboard the Narcissus during its journey home Initially, he is seen as a shirker, but as it becomes apparent that he actually is dying, the swarm of roiling humanity among the morally unc He was at all extremity Forget the title for a minute, though I ll say something about that shortly.This is one of Conrad s finest works, and its tight, succinct, and scathing effectiveness as a morality tale might even set it higher than Heart of Darkness.The plot is simple a black English sailor is dying aboard the Narcissus during its journey home Initially, he is seen as a shirker, but as it becomes apparent that he actually is dying, the swarm of roiling humanity among the morally uncouth crew asserts itself and they become his champion, even threatening mutiny against the captain.For such a brief novel, there are a lot of layers at work here One is the idea of a utopia the ship disturbed by the brute incursion of reality death The first third of the book, during which the n word is peppered, focuses on the sailors horror at the specter of death among them He became the tormentor of our moments Invulnerable in his promise of speedy corruption he trampled on our self respect, he demonstrated to us daily our want of moral courage The dying sailor reminds them of their own mortality His companion , death, strikes fear into the hearts of the sailors at first Then, curiously, the tone shifts, and the crew, reminded constantly that no matter what they do, they are doomed, and that the dying sailor is nothingthan a reminder of their own futility, begin to care for him, go out of their way to protect him, even risking their own lives to do so.This is a very strange book, with so stark a bifurcation in its approach to the subject of death At first, the sailor is referred to disparagingly, using the titular slur But once the sailors rally to him, compassionately surrounding him in his dying days, the word vanishes I m not sure if Conrad intended that, but the effect is very dramatic What is at first the usual disparaging prejudice soon becomes a battle against death in the name of the dying sailor