'A sudden passion of anxious impatience rushed through my veins and gave me such a sense of the intensity of existence as I have never felt before or since.' link title to catalogue entry](exact date?)Written in 1915, The Shadow-Line is based upon events and experiences from twenty-seven years earlier to which Conrad returned obsessively in his fiction. A young sea captain's first command brings with it a succession of crises: his sea is becalmed, the crew laid low by fever, and his 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 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 counterpoints the tale's seemingly conventional surface.
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The Shadow Line A 1917 Novella by Joseph Conrad A young man has taken a captaincy in the Orient in this 1917 novella, often cited as a metaphor for World War I. The novel has a strong supernatural influence, including the 'ghost' of the previous captain potentially cursing the ship, and the madness of first mate. The “shadow line” of the title represents his move to a new career, but the “confession” subtitle refers to the retrospective nature of Conrad’s work. The ironic construction contrasts the young captain – never named – with the wisdom, experience and maturity of others. Captain Giles and the ship's 'factotum' Ransome are used to emphasise strengths and weaknesses of the protagonist.Product Description:
The Shadow Line is a novel by Joseph Conrad, one of his later works, being published in 1917. The story depicts the development of a young man upon taking a boat captaincy in the Orient, with the shadow-line of the title representing the threshold of this development.
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Book Description Penguin UK, 1986. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014043271X