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Inside this Book – Two of the stories are merely potboilers. ‘The Partner’ is a morality tale about greed, though the moral is unambiguous and not especially insightful. It concerns a plan to make money by scuttling a ship. A worthless man is employed to carry out the act, but an attempt to lock him in the hold of the sinking ship backfires badly. He is released by the ship’s owner who he then shoots. As a result of his death, the money goes to his widow, and the plotters lose out on the chance to invest in a lucrative business. The story is related in a crude and flippant way by a rascally man, who asks the unnamed narrator, a writer, to polish the story up before publication. However, the narrator does not think too highly of the story and simply presents it in the unvarnished way that he was told. I am inclined to suspect that Conrad felt the same way about the story too.
Inside this book –Within the Tides PDF Book by Joseph Conrad – The other two stories have a little more substance, and read like offcuts of Victory, Conrad’s last novel. Indeed ‘Because of the Dollars’ features the kindly Davidson, the only decent man who survived that novel. Alas, a spiteful fate awaits him in this story. In the course of Davidson’s business, the sea captain and trader engages in work with a disreputable man living on an island with a female companion whom Davidson has previously known. Laughing Anne (as she is called) warns Davidson that three visitors to the island intend to kill him and steal the money on his ship. Forewarned, Davidson is able to save himself, but one of the robbers kills Laughing Anne in retaliation. The good-hearted captain decides to adopt her son in recompense, but his jealous and mean-spirited wife assumes that the son is his illegitimate child, and leaves Davidson.
Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad PDF : eBook Information
- Full Book Name – Within the Tides
- Author of this Book – Joseph Conrad
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Fiction, Novel, Short Story, Classics, European Literature
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