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Lord Jim

Lord Jim

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Joseph Conrad, Introduction and notes by Susan Jones, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260371
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260377
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 41,151

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First published in 1900, Lord Jim established Conrad as one of the great storytellers of the twentieth century. Set in the Malay Archipelago, the novel not only provides a gripping account of maritime adventure and romance, but also an exotic tale of the East. Its themes also challenge the conventions of nineteenth-century adventure fiction, confirming Conrad's place in literature as one of the first 'modernists' of English letters. Lord Jim explores the dilemmas of conscience, of moral isolation, of loyalty and betrayal confronting a sensitive individual whose romantic quest for an honourable ideal are tested to the limit.

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Introduction and Notes by Susan Jones, St Hilda's College, Oxford

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Lord Jim tells the story of a young, idealistic Englishman--'as unflinching as a hero in a book'--who is disgraced by an act of cowardice while serving as an officer on the Patna, a merchant-ship sailing from 'an Eastern port' with a party of Muslim pilgrims. His life is blighted: an isolated scandal assumes horrifying proportions. An older man, Marlow, befriends Jim, but his efforts to find him employment meet with little success until, at last, he is able to establish him in Patusan, a remote native settlement on one of the islands of the Malay Archipelago.