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The Shadow-Line: A Confession Joseph Conrad

The Shadow-Line: A Confession

Joseph Conrad

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ISBN : 9780192816863
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142 pages
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The Shadow-Line is the masterpiece of Joseph Conrads final creative period, a painstaking exploration of personal moral choice and action. Written in 1915, and based in a sequence of Conrads own experiences some twenty-seven years previously, theMoreThe Shadow-Line is the masterpiece of Joseph Conrads final creative period, a painstaking exploration of personal moral choice and action. Written in 1915, and based in a sequence of Conrads own experiences some twenty-seven years previously, the novel tells the story of a young sea captain on his first command, coping with a ship becalmed in tropical seas, a crew laid low by fever, and the conviction that his own incompetence is somehow to blame. The novel is narrated from the perspective of one who, having crossed the shadow line that marks the boundary of early youth, finds himself in a region where, in the words of the older Captain Giles, a man should stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience, and all that sort of thing.For Conrad, the demands that a ship makes of those who sail it contain the quintessence of all moral decision, a test of their commitment to this precarious hard life. Thus The Shadow-Line can be seen as the summary of Conrads lifelong philosophy, and his indirect reaction to the First World War.Cover Illustration: Caduceus off Hong Kong