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Performed by award winning narrator Ralph Cosham. Produced by Commuters Library, awarded AUDIO BEST OF THE YEAR for four straight years (Publishers Weekly, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Joseph Conrad was born to Polish parents in the Ukraine on 3rd December 1857. He grew up surrounded by upheaval. His father was exiled to northern Russia for political activities and although they eventually returned to Poland, Conrad was orphaned by the age of 11. Subsequently he was taught by his uncle, a great influence and mentor. Leaving for Marseilles in 1874, Conrad began his training as a seaman. After an attempt at suicide, Conrad joined the British merchant navy and became a British subject in 1886. After his first novel, Almayer's Folly was published in 1895 he left the sea behind and settled down to a life of writing. Indeed, as his wife wrote in 1927, he would move only "from his table to his bed, for days and days on end". Troubled financially for many years, he faced uncomplimentary critics and an indifferent public. He finally became a popular success with Chance (1913). By the end of his life on 3rd August 1924 his status as one of the great writers of his time was assured.
One of the most beautifully written pieces of literature I have ever encountered. Every word is poetic and perfectly linked together by the exact amount of detail and emotion. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2013 by fussypants
Everybody has always told me this book was great. Everybody I've ever talked to is an idiot. This book was terrible, it made no sense. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 1999
A great view of evil and darkness. I fell in love with this book in high school. If you enjoy this book, I would reccommend Apocalypse Now, which is based upon this book.Published on Feb. 8 1999