F the plot and the one to end it The narrator s conversation with him closes the circle of the narrative sort of speak Mr Burns and Ransome are important characters as well There are other members of ship s crew that are identified and described but they don t have a vital role as these two do These other crew men do make the story seem credible and add to the atmosphere but they are not independent characters as such On overall I would say that Conrad managed to portray his characters very well developing them as the story progressed No lengthy descriptions and long meditations on human nature this time but that doesn t mean he is not as good as a writer to make his characters come to life for he sure isAs to the protagonist of the novel I felt that by the end of the story he was a well rounded character a lot sadder but also a lot wiser I wonder though what is our narrator confessing to What does he felt guilty for The fact he didn t check the medicine Something he should have perhaps thought of but is it really something he should feel so guilty about The fact he didn t think that much of the men aboard the ship and was at first mostly enchanted with HER the ship As a captain he should have taken better care of his crew and not be so restless to get HER to the sea or is it really a combination of all of these things Don t we all do things that we regret and are ashamed of I suppose he had as much to regret as the next manTHE SEA AND THE SEAMANAmong other things this is definitely a novel about seaman What it means to be a seaman what it feels like what is the code of conduct ou ll learn something about it here If Misconduct (Birmingham Rebels, you enjoy a good mariner s tale look no further You will find absolutely convincing descriptions of life at sea There are few writers who write so elouently about the sea In this novel descriptions of the sea and life on board are spot on You really have a feeling likeou re there with the crew caught up with them in that windless inferno THE BALANCE OF POWERThere is no doubt that there is also a uestion of power here The narrator compares himself the captain with a monarch He maintains that a captain must appear like a monarch a God sent figure to the sailors because they do not understand the process by which the company elects one I found that really interesting especially in the latter context of the story The first officer Mr Burns apparently wanted to become a captain himself whether from ambition or simply because he by that time felt responsible for the ship is unclear There is a bit of struggle for dominance between the two Our protagonist commands the men the ultimate responsibility is on him I don t think he realizes until later on in the story what exactly does this mean Our protagonists is literally responsible for their lives The relationship between the crew and the captain can be a metaphor for the balance of power but even on its own it is very interesting to observe NO FEMALE CHARACTERS OR ARE THEREUnless we count one mysterious reference to a woman late crazy captain was involved with there is no mention of women in this novel The narrator himself admits that when Mr Burns pleaded with him to take him on for the sake of his wife and kids he felt nothing but when Burns addressed him as a fellow seaman he was moved into action The narrator showed no wish of getting married in the novel actually thought it was a bizarre notion perhaps because he married to his true love the sea The only she in this book is the shipand she is a beauty I was honestly moved by the way narrator describes being nervous as a lover when he was going to see HER a ship he was to command The writernarrator keeps on comparing the ship with a beautiful woman In retrospective there might be some symbolism there The late captain was perhaps ruined
because he he was seduced by a woman in a similar way our captainnarrator gets seduced the ship So Hollywood Education you can find the metaphorical Eve sort of speak Still basically it is a novel without female characters Something that I don t mind at all because I m not a militant feminist who is obsessed with that sort of thing but just soou knowTO WHOM WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOKFirstly I would recommend it to those who want to read something from Conrad but are not fans of the complex narrative or lengthy descriptions that this writer often employs In other words if Steps Through the Mist you struggled with his other works or even gave up on reading him perhaps this is a good choice forouSecondly if The Missing Brides (Missing, you re looking for something a bit shorter but still substantial this novella might be just whatou need It is not a difficult read as it comes with a fairly simple plot but at the same time it is profound enough to challenge Jan, Jans en de kinderen 11 your brain cells I absolutely feel that it is one of those books that can offerou multiple readings Thirdly if Dudo of St Quentin you are a Conrad fan theyou should read it just because It may not be the best or the most profound thing written by him Drittes Reich und Zweiter Weltkrieg yet it is definitely worth reading CONCLUSIONI would describe The Shadow Line as a psychological thriller meets The Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner that a coming of age story but I can see how some might read it as a YAghost adventure tale This novella is not as complex as some of other Conrad s work but the writing is in my view simply brilliant For when a good story meets with excellent writingou do get something noteworthy It is so well written that I deem this novella worthy of a five star mark Every sentence seems to matter and the timing throughout the novel is pretty much perfect The characters are interesting and well portrayed One gets to know them through their actions and thoughts then through long descriptions though The psychological depth with which Conrad s usually draws his characters is somewhat missing perhaps due to the brevity of the novella but the atmosphere of the book makes up for it There is that uality of timelessness that I love about his works Moreover it is melancholic than pessimistic not as dark as some of his other works and that s not bad for a change As brief as this novel was I still had that priceless feeling of glancing into human souls and what could a girl ask for a man should stand up to his bad luck to his mistakes to his conscience and all that sort of thing Why what else would Locas you have to fight against Joseph Conrad The Shadow LineOne of Conrad s later novels This one was published in 1917 The story is pretty straight forward the plot direct It isn t an elaborate story but one that explores that moment that shadow line betweenouth and adulthood The basic story involves a Smoking Lovely young officer suddenly thrust into command During his f Typhoon and other Tales Joseph ConradTyphoon is a novella by Joseph Conrad begun in 1899 and serialized in Pall Mall Magazine in January March 1902 Its first book publication was in New York by Putnam in 1902 The Typhoon describes how Captain MacWhirr sails the SS Nan Shan a British built steamer running under the Siamese flag into a typhoon a mature tropical cyclone of the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean Other characters include theoung Jukes most probably an alter ego of Conrad from the time he had sailed under captain John McWhirr and Solomon Rout the chief engineer The novella classically evokes the seafaring life at the turn of the century While Macwhirr who according to Conrad never walked on this Earth is emotionally estranged from his family and crew and though he refuses to consider an alternative course to skirt the typhoon his indomitable will in the face of a superior natural force elicits grudging admiration 2013 1391 135 9786002780348 1395 135 20 08051399. Captain Giles is prepared to stand up to his bad luck to his mistakes to his conscience A subtle and penetrating analysis of the nature of manhood The Shadow Line investigates varieties of masculinity and desire in a subtext that counters the tale's seemingly conventional surface.
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novel Whether it is used for a dramatic effect or foreshadowing IWhether it is used for a dramatic effect or foreshadowing I not sure but the references are there early on First the narrator does something a bit crazy leaves his job and gets call mad for it and then he suspects that captain Giles might be despite being professionally very capable a mad man Soon he learns of his mistake and realizes that captain Giles was only looking out for him by discovering a job opportunity that would otherwise have been hidden from him However soon the protagonists says to captain Giles that the man who tried to hide the job from him the steward might be mad for would risk losing his job to get rid of a minor nuisance When the protagonist arrives to claim his ship he learns that his predecessor was positively mad During his voyage he grows assured that Mr Burns is mad as well Finally the protagonists doubts his own sanity Charma one might say When ou accuse everyone of madness ou get accused ourself All in all I found all that talk about madness fascinating perhaps because I liked the way in which the sanity was at times uestioned I felt like Conrad was aiming at something making us uestion ourselves Perhaps there are two shadow lines that get examined in this novel one is the line between not very oung and mature and the other a line between sanity and madness I think the issue of keeping one s sanity was well addressed It is important for the dramatic aspect of
the story but it doesn t stop at that You can see the protagonist slowly maturing It seems like it tookstory but it doesn t stop at that You can see the protagonist slowly maturing It seems like it took almost going mad himself to actually achieve clearness and maturity in his thinking When the protagonist first beholds the ship he acts like an enamoured schoolboy Was that the cause of his perhaps rushed departure from port However with time not a great amount of time actually our captain grows mature and acts according to his position There is one character that is somewhat of an ideal the character Ransome I was thinking how perhaps Ransome is presented as an ideal of a mentally stable man Under extreme pressure he remains calm His calmness has a profound impact on our protagonist the captain Ironically this man Ransome the ship s cook the only one who keeps his complete calm has a serious heart condition At one point in the novel he risks his life is it an act of nobility or madness Where is the line Similarly is the crew mad to trust the captain Is the captain mad to trust the crew Is he mad to trust himself As I said sanity is examined in an interesting way It is not directly talked about but during that inferno journey in particular one gets to see a fascinating exploration of human psychology THE CHARACTERSI already said a bit about the characters when I spoke about the madness element in this book For a Conrad s book there are not that many of them In addition because of the shortness of the book they are not described in great detail Nevertheless a few of them do stand out Captain Giles for example serves both as an initiator S deranged first mate is convinced that the ship is haunted by the malignant spirit of a previous captain This is indeed a work full of sudden passions in which Conrad is able to show how the full intensity of existence can be experienced by the man who in the words of the older. I m a fan of Joseph Conrad and have read Lord Jim Heart of Darkness and Almayer s Folly an undersung masterpiece times than I care to admit While Shadow Line is not Conrad s best it is nonetheless a very worth read and a must read for any fans of the nautical world Free download available at Project GutenbergWorthy of my undying regardTo Borys And All Others WhoLike Himself Have Crossed In Early YouthThe Shadow Line Of Their Generation With Love D autre fois calme plat grand miroir De mon desespoir BAUDELAIRE2 Amy Foster2 The Secret Agent3 Heart of Darkness3 The Secret Sharer3 The Lagoon4 Lord Jim4 Victory3 The Shadow LineTR NostromoTR An Outcast of the IslandsTR The Idiots About Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad by Hugh WalpoleThe English Novel From the Earliest Days to the Death of Joseph Conrad by Ford Madox FordPortraits from life Memories and criticisms of Henry James Joseph Conrad Thomas Hardy H G Wells Stephen Crane D H Lawrence John Galsworthy Theodore Dreiser Algernon Charles Swinburne by Ford Madox Ford Middling Conrad is still leagues ahead of most everything else He sticks to the autobiographical script probably to the story s detriment it could have used a bit of embroidery As it is we like the narrator wait for the thunder and fear the lightning but get precious little of either Had Conrad the energy to develop of the crew as characters there might have been or complex dramatic tension but perhaps that would have been a misstep too this is after all a tale about an impulsive rather self absorbed oung man coming into his own discovering what it means to be a captain that is to say a collective or social being whose consciousness is ransomed to ship and crew MINOR SPOILER It is no accident that the narrator learns this largely through Ransome s spontaneous and selfless service as against the image of the former captain who represents nothing if not vindictive narcissism END SPOILER Anyway though nowhere near as incisive and muscular as HoD it s nonetheless an engaging tale the so when considered a memoir rather than novella Joseph Conrad pens this fictionalized autobiography which for the most part is going to be difficult if not impossible to describe Were I able to tell Wicked City (Wicked City, you howeverou would have the sense of it in the same way that The Celestial Selenite Scry (The Moon God Trilogy, you experience a fly buzzing the ether unseen Enthralled within the movement of words with eyes not wanting to leave the pageou will hear the story whispering from behind the shadow line of it s exuisite proseEvery page a giftThis book is about a oung captain who is hastily given his first command of a ghost ship It s about a first mate who will lose his mind to madness as the malaria sickness spreads without medicine This book is about a calm sea with not a sigh of a wind to move the ship And even though Conrad himself tells us this story is not about the supernatural a curse and the first captain who died before Conrad took command tells us otherwiseEvery page a memoryThe telling is told not so much in the way it actually happened but rather in the way that Conrad remembers it When this book was written in 1915 the world was in the throes of the Great War and the agony emanated infused itself into this darkly told story If the line between sanity and madness is a thin one it is scarcely surprising that the distinction between a rational and a superstitious reading of the text should not be blatant Most excellent adventure page 21 in part Introduction by Jacues Berthoud I feel that Joseph Conrad is slowly becoming neglected by the general reading public There is nothing scientific in my observations Rather it s anecdotal I know only one person who reads Conrad and sings his praises Perhaps Conrad has been overshadowed by novels that appear to be easily digested Perhaps Conrad like D H Lawrence and William Faulkner have slipped out of reader s minds because they are seen as dated or old fashioned I don t really knowWell enough To me The Shadow Line is a wonderful novella Tightly written it carries within it the essence of the human condition and answers how we transition from a state of somewhat blissful ignorance of the world to
A Place Where Weplace where we that the enormous burden of maturity is not reached in one day but through a long journey of increasing experience adventure hardship and at last greater insight into the hearts and souls of both those around us and ourselves Conrad incorporates beautiful metaphors language imagery and character development in this book One of Conrad s strengths has always been his development of voice Here in this novel written late in his career we see him pitch perfect in the development of a narratorThe Shadow Line is an important novella It deserves our attention This novella told in the first person by a oung Englishman who is unnamed is set as are so many of Conrad s stories in a seaport in the Far East The narrator has suddenly resigned a comfortable position as mate on a ship apparently resigning what he acknowledges is a good position in a fit of vague malaise a sense of inexplicable dissatisfaction intending to book passage home to England Abruptly the position
"of master of "master of ship becomes available and is offered to him and just as abruptly and unexpectedly he accepts concluding Chapter IAs he takes command of his ship any number of complications seem to arise illness in the crew a sick
and uncongenial first mate debilitating heat no wind and the story of the ship s previous captain having gone maduncongenial first mate debilitating heat no wind and the story of the ship s previous captain having gone mad his death There is a sense of foreboding an ominous tenor as the first half of the book draws to its end The narrator s outhful optimism and enthusiasm are being severely stressedAnd as if things could not get worse as the ship is becalmed and the crew sickens what was considered an adeuate supply of uinine is found to have been adulterated or stolen Burns the ill first mate who was with the previous captain believes that the spirit of the dead is haunting them and leading them to their doom Everything that can go wrong seems to be occurring Only the allegedly fragile and everlastingly placid and helpful cook Ransome seems to be of aid to the captain always assisting in every way possible beyond the call of his own duty Ransome reminds me of Ransom the hero of CS Lewis s Space Trilogy both being rather redemptive figures And the tale as a whole has the atmosphere of Coleridge s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Eventually the situation resolves and the shadow line of the title is found to be the transition from outh to manhood the alteration from the confidence and naivet the idealism and the insouciance of the untested who is sure of his ability to determine his fate to the measured humility and determination the awareness of the inexplicability of fate and our helplessness in its grip the awareness of personal limitations even as the acceptance of those limitations is freely borne and a mature confidence that is true heroicism and not mere bravado I ve been reading much Conrad lately and this little novella comes close to being my favorite The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad describes that demarcation line in the journey of life that divides the happy bright fantastic and irresponsible outh with the darker ages of manhood Conrad goes on to delineate this vision as being beyond the charm and innocence of illusions The Shadow Line is one of his most accomplished nautical tales and stands close to Typhoon and Youth as almost entirely about the sea and man s relationship to a vessel Whereas Youth was of a The Workshop young man s first venture to sea The Shadow Line documents aoung seaman s first command of a ship and. Written in 1915 The Shadow Line is based upon events and experiences from twenty seven The Legacy of Aaron Geist years earlier to which Conrad returned obsessively in his fiction Aoung sea captain's first command brings with it a succession of crises his sea is becalmed the crew laid low by fever and hi.