This is a story of a man's attempt to detach himself from the central current of life. He becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay archipelago. When that fails he turns his back on humanity until, once again, he is drawn into contact with the world.
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"I am glad that I am alive, if, for no other reason, because of the joy of reading this book." --Jack LondonFrom the Back Cover:
Set among the islands of the Malay Archipelago, 'Victory' is the story of Axel Heyst, a 'utopist' who shuns human society in favour of a solitary existence on the island of Samburan. On a rare trip away from his island solitude, Heyst visits Schomberg's hotel in Sourabaya where he encounters an English girl who is part of a travelling ladies' orchestra. He rescues her from a wretched existence and takes her back to Samburan. Schomberg, who had designs on the girl, is furious, and later he exacts his revenge by directing three villains to Samburan in pursuit of the fortune that Heyst is rumoured to have there. Their arrival in Heyst's private paradise triggers a train of events which quickly reach a violent conclusion.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140183590