Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
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In Joseph Conrad's thrilling 1904 novel Nostromo, a wealthy miner's fortune is threatened by ensuing political chaos. The worried silver baron is looking for someone to protect his precious stores and soon realizes that Nostromo is the only man for the job. Revolutionaries are on the move, taking over the town. Nostromo is confident in himself, sure of his own power—some would even say arrogant. As the town teeters on the brink of total anarchy, it is every man for himself. Will Nostromo carry out his difficult mission? Or will his powerful ego create turmoil within his heart as he risks all to carry out another man's greedy wishes?
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Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born to a poor family in Poland. His father was a passionate playwright, and instilled in his son a fervent love of reading. Sadly, Conrad lost both parents by the age of eleven, and was sent to live with an uncle. Seeking a life of adventure, Conrad became a merchant seaman and traveled the world for many years. His experiences abroad, in foreign lands and among many cultures, would serve as inspiration for some of his most famous writings. After extensive service on British ships, Conrad was awarded English citizenship in 1886. He chose, however, to return to the sea, traveling to Africa to fulfill a childhood dream. In the 1890s, Conrad finally settled down in England and began to write, drawing on his many impressions of life and people around the world. He would publish several novels, among them Lord Jim, Nostromo, and Heart of Darkness. Conrad's writings are more than simple tales of adventure, often making use of extreme and unusual settings to explore the heights and depths of human nature. Controversial and provocative, Conrad is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the modern novel.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
"_Nostromo_" is the most anxiously meditated of the longer novels which belong to the period following upon the publication of the "Typhoon" volume of short stories.
I don't mean to say that I became then conscious of any impending change in my mentality and in my attitude towards the tasks of my ...
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