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  • By Doctor Strong on March 11, 2013

    If anyone is a Conrad devotee, this is probably the first short story to read, if one is interested in his works. Most of his works pit the individual against the forces of nature, man's struggle to overcome overwhelmng odds, or a work focuses on a romantic hero out to make his way in a difficult world, usually against forces beyond his control and usually on the sea. His works are voyage stories, and TYPHOON pits Captain McWhirr and his crew against an enormous storm in the China Sea, and the reader is there; right in the middle of the most terrifying experience one can imagine. I've never read anything like it, and the reader will not forget it. Conrad is not easy reading; his diction is superb, and his references in the reading are extensive. This is a writer whose native language was Polish, along with Russian, French, and German; nevertheless, his prose is beautifully written.

  • By H. Schneider on March 18, 2009

    This Penguin edition assembles 4 stories that were first published together in 1904, and written in nearly the same sequence. 3 were first published in magazines, 1 not. The reasons why 'Falk' was not able to find a magazine publisher are attributed either to its inconvenient length, or to the upsetting subject of canibalism.The stories share several themes: the sea is there, even when the action is on land, and so are ships and the people who spend parts of their lives on them. Alienation is in all, being a stranger, being expatriate, as is the reverse of the medal, xenophobia, condescension, racism.One common theme is 'imagination', twice for the alleged lack of it, twice for the obvious overabundance of it.Best of the crop is Typhoon, which I have reviewed separately and longer. A funny adventure story, as I see it.The other long story is Falk, which is actually 2 for the price of one. The main story, the frame, is a farce about expatriates in Bangkok; inside the main story, the title hero tells the narrator his adventure on a Danish steamer that went adrift in the Southern ocean, leading to the horrifying experience that some readers found disgusting.2 shorter stories are set in Kentish villages near the sea, and both deal with strangers. Amy Foster is the far better one of the two stories, dealing with a shipwrecked man from Eastern Europe who gets stranded and is treated like an animal until he slowly manages to establish a rudimentary foothold in a hostile environment. The title hero is a domestic helper who is the first to show pity for the 'madman' and even falls in love. Tragically, she is not fully able to discard the prejudices of her countrymen. (Is there an autobiographical component here? John Stape, the Conrad biographer who wrote the introduction, thinks not. I guess he is right.)The last story (To-Morrow) is maybe the least remarkable piece of writing from Conrad that I know, and quite forgettable.

  • By timothy on March 25, 2017

    I hadn't read Conrad in years. Supposedly not his greatest work but I found it mercifully short, many-layered, and moral.

  • By Ship Driver on June 27, 2013

    As with so many of his better-known stories, Conrad's Typhoon doesn't disappoint. He brings the reader into the full fury of the storm, the overwhelming sounds in and around the ship, and the desperation of the men - crew and 'cargo' - on board. While it would seem the author does not hold the Captain in particularly high regard, he does paint him the hero in this instance.

  • By Guy Bernard on February 11, 2017

    I have never read a story that Made me actually feel the tension and fear of the events. I sure hope I never have the experience in real life, in my reading chair was enough.

  • By R. J. Marsella on October 9, 2000

    This novel is unforgettable. Conrad creates a sense of terror regarding the forces of nature that will stand up to any special effects that Hollywood can produce. The scene describing the panic below deck of the Chinese workers is one of the most powerful in literature. Not to be missed.

  • By V Roy on January 26, 2015

    This book is free to download in amazon kindle store. I am happy to own it.


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