Joseph Conrad's The Nigger of the Narcissus (1897) is a work of literary impressionism about the decline and salvation of an inscrutable black sailor, Wait, sailing from Bombay to London on board the merchant ship Narcissus. Wait falls ill with tuberculosis, and his illness arouses sympathies of several of the crew, while some remain indifferent. Portraying sea-life, the book explores the innate morality of the isolated seamen.
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Joseph Conrad's account of the voyage of a sailing-ship from Bombay harbour to the Port of London combines uniquely the skills of the master mariner with the power of the master novelist. It evokes in intense and exact detail what it felt like to negotiate the great wind belts of two oceans. But is is also Conrad's first major exploration of the psychology of service-of the pressure on a group of seamen 'brought to the test...of the moral problems of conduct' by their encounter with elemental nature and with the secret terrors and evasions of two of their comrades.
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Book Description University of London Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust jacket missing. Cover and binding are worn but intact. A reading copy in fair condition. Some underlining and marginalia. Bookseller Inventory # 1112470261