This is one of those books that anybody who has been through high
school should have been exposed to. I remember being assigned this
book as a junior or senior and bluffing my way through without
really reading it. I even got a literature degree without reading
it. Finally, after many years, I felt that I should give the novel
its due, and picked up a copy.
The novel is the story of Jim, an overly romantic seaman, who
during a moment of crisis loses his courage. He is first mate on a
pilgrim ship bound for Mecca and after the ship collides with an
unseen object and is in danger of sinking, he abandons ship leaving
the human cargo to fend for its own. He is dogged by his guilt and
spends years drifting around the East trying to find the right
occasion by which he might redeem himself. Eventually he ends up in
the forests of Malaysia where he becomes a god-like protector of
the indigenous people and is given the title of Lord. But no matter
how successful Jim might appear to his followers, and to the
omnipresent narrator of the novel, he still cannot forget his
moment of weakness. Jims self-centeredness prevents him from moving
forward with his life and condemns him to a life of voluntary
exile, all the time proclaiming that he is not good enough to live
in the outside world. He is willing to risk all future happiness
and fortune to be able to face his demons once again without losing
his nerves. Ironically, it is his last heroic act that destroys all
the good that Jim has painstakingly built up, essentially bringing
chaos to his Eden like world.
Published at the very beginning of the twentieth century, Lord
Jim, in many ways anticipated the experimental writing techniques
that would be brought to fruition in the works of Joyce, Faulkner,
and others. Conrad is not only interested in telling a tale, he is
interested in different points of view, nonlinear narrative
techniques, and solving the complexities inherent in a tale within
a tale formula. Although some readers might find Conrads prose a
little tedious, perseverence and careful reading will reveal
passages of unexpected beauty that will cause the reader to pause
-- then slowly re-read.
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