The Rover

The Rover

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Set in the south of France in the waning years of the French Revolution, "The Rover" explores the large forces shaping the destiny of nations, but it is primarily an intimate tale of belated self-discovery and commitment. The massacre of Royalists at Toulon, Napoleon's rise to power, and Anglo-French rivalry in the Mediterranean provide the colourful backdrop for Conrad's subtle analysis of political passions and national loyalties. Returning to his native land after a lifetime of adventure as a freebooter in Eastern Seas, Peyrol, an exile in search of rest, becomes involved in an unexpected and troubling struggle for identity and allegiance. Drawn into the lives of the inhabitants of a remote farm in Provence, he comes to understand the meaning of friendship and love. When challenged to help thwart Nelson's blockade and frustrate English ambitions in the Mediterranean, Peyrol sets out upon a final voyage that gives shape and coherence to his life.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 120 x 190mm
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1 map, bibliography
  • 0192837419
  • 9780192837417