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The Shadow Line A Confession Free download ↠ 5 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 counters the tale's seemingly conventional surface. Free download available at Project GutenbergWorthy of my undying regardTo Borys And All Others WhoLike Himself Have Crossed In Early YouthThe Shadow Line Of Their Generation With Love D autre fois calme plat grand miroir De mon desespoir BAUDELAIRE2 Amy Foster2 The Secret Agent3 Heart of Darkness3 The Secret Sharer3 The Lagoon4 Lord Jim4 Victory3 The Shadow LineTR NostromoTR An Outcast of the IslandsTR The Idiots About Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad by Hugh WalpoleThe English Novel From the Earliest Days to the Death of Joseph Conrad by Ford Madox FordPortraits from life Memories and criticisms of Henry James Joseph Conrad Thomas Hardy H G Wells Stephen Crane D H Lawrence John Galsworthy Theodore Dreiser Algernon Charles Swinburne by Ford Madox Ford

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The Shadow Line A Confession Free download ↠ 5 S 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. This novella told in the first person by a young Englishman who is unnamed is set as are so many of Conrad s stories in a seaport in the Far East The narrator has suddenly resigned a comfortable position as mate on a ship apparently resigning what he acknowledges is a good position in a fit of vague malaise a sense of inexplicable dissatisfaction intending to book passage home to England Abruptly the position of master of another ship becomes available and is offered to him and just as abruptly and unexpectedly he accepts concluding Chapter IAs he takes command of his ship any number of complications seem to arise illness in the crew a sick and uncongenial first mate debilitating heat no wind and the story of the ship s previous captain having gone mad before his death There is a sense of foreboding an ominous tenor as the first half of the book draws to its end The narrator s youthful optimism and enthusiasm are being severely stressedAnd as if things could not get worse as the ship is becalmed and the crew sickens what was considered an adeuate supply of uinine is found to have been adulterated or stolen Burns the ill first mate who was with the previous captain believes that the spirit of the dead is haunting them and leading them to their doom Everything that can go wrong seems to be occurring Only the allegedly fragile and everlastingly placid and helpful cook Ransome seems to be of aid to the captain always assisting in every way possible beyond the call of his own duty Ransome reminds me of Ransom the hero of CS Lewis s Space Trilogy both being rather redemptive figures And the tale as a whole has the atmosphere of Coleridge s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Eventually the situation resolves and the shadow line of the title is found to be the transition from youth to manhood the alteration from the confidence and naivet the idealism and the insouciance of the untested who is sure of his ability to determine his fate to the measured humility and determination the awareness of the inexplicability of fate and our helplessness in its grip the awareness of personal limitations even as the acceptance of those limitations is freely borne and a mature confidence that is true heroicism and not mere bravado I ve been reading much Conrad lately and this little novella comes close to being my favorite Informal Works Talks and Teachings young Englishman who is unnamed is set as are so many of Conrad s stories in a seaport in the Far East The narrator has suddenly resigned a comfortable position as mate on a ship apparently resigning what he acknowledges is a good position in a fit of vague malaise a sense of inexplicable dissatisfaction intending to book passage home to England Abruptly the position of master of another ship becomes available and is offered to him and just as abruptly and unexpectedly he accepts concluding Chapter IAs he takes command of his ship any number of complications seem to arise illness in the crew a sick and uncongenial first mate debilitating heat no wind and the story of the ship s previous captain having gone mad before his death There is a sense of foreboding an ominous tenor as the first half of the book draws to its end The narrator s Understanding Soccer Tactics Faber paper covered editions youthful optimism and enthusiasm are being severely stressedAnd as if things could not get worse as the ship is becalmed and the crew sickens what was considered an adeuate supply of uinine is found to have been adulterated or stolen Burns the ill first mate who was with the previous captain believes that the spirit of the dead is haunting them and leading them to their doom Everything that can go wrong seems to be occurring Only the allegedly fragile and everlastingly placid and helpful cook Ransome seems to be of aid to the captain always assisting in every way possible beyond the call of his own duty Ransome reminds me of Ransom the hero of CS Lewis s Space Trilogy both being rather redemptive figures And the tale as a whole has the atmosphere of Coleridge s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Eventually the situation resolves and the shadow line of the title is found to be the transition from Successful Intelligence How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life youth to manhood the alteration from the confidence and naivet the idealism and the insouciance of the untested who is sure of his ability to determine his fate to the measured humility and determination the awareness of the inexplicability of fate and our helplessness in its grip the awareness of personal limitations even as the acceptance of those limitations is freely borne and a mature confidence that is true heroicism and not mere bravado I ve been reading much Conrad lately and this little novella comes close to being my favorite

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The Shadow Line A Confession Free download ↠ 5 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 hi. THE SHADOW LINE A CONFESSIONThe novella opens up with a young narrator who actually does a pretty good of explaining the novel s title the shadow line in the first paragraph Only the young have such moments I don t mean the very young No The very young have properly speaking no moments It is the privilege of early youth to live in advance of its days in all the beautiful continuity of hope which knows no pauses and no introspectionOne closes behind one the little gate of mere boyishness and enters an enchanted garden Its very shades glow with promise Every turn of the path has its seduction And it isn t because it is an undiscovered country One knows well enough that all mankind had streamed that way It is the charm of universal experience from which one expects an uncommon or personal sensation a bit of one s own One goes on recognizing the landmarks of the predecessors excited amused taking the hard luck and the good luck together the kicks and the half pence as the saying is the picturesue common lot that holds so many possibilities for the deserving or perhaps for the lucky Yes One goes on And the time too goes on till one perceives ahead a shadow line warning one that the region of early youth too must be left behindThis is not a classical coming of age story it is a story of a man no longer very young who is about to become mature and adult in the full sense of the word This man decided to uit his job without any reason presumably being caught up in the restlessness of not very young but soon he will be forced to mature for what is adult that command With the help of captain Giles an interesting fellow he learns of a job that would otherwise be unknown to him that of a captain So suddenly our narrator is promoted into a captain his first such position and sets off to command his ship A ship My ship She was mine absolutely mine for possession and care than anything in the world an object of responsibility and devotion She was there waiting for me spell bound unable to move to live to get out into the world till I came like an enchanted princess Her call had come to me as if from the clouds I had never suspected her existence I didn t know how she looked I had barely heard her name and yet we were indissolubly united for a certain portion of our future to sink or swim togetherThe narratorprotagonist founds her to be a beauty indeed but somewhat of a cursed beauty Turns out that our femme fatale had uite a past and she is about to cause trouble Soon the protagonist learns that the former captain had been mad His first officer Mr Burns tells him the story in detail Here we have a touch of framed narrative but apart from that the whole story is narrated by our protagonist What follows is what could be described as ghost story though Conrad was against that kind of reading It seems that the ship is being haunted by the spirit of the dead captain Now I think that the writer meant this to be psychological thriller than a paranormal story but everyone is free to select a preferred reading I personally think that the story is interesting enough from a psychological point of view so I didn t really read it as a ghost story like a story of men under severe psychological and physical pressureTHE NARRATIVE AND THE PLOTUnlike some of the other Conrad s works the narrative is neither framed nor very complex Told by an unknown narrator the narrative is actually pretty straight forward and well paced Often Conrad s novel have an unusual pacing I have never had a problem with this because when it comes to his novels I always felt that his writing choices and his rhythm were justified Often in his works a slower introduction sets the atmosphere and lets you sink into the story really well Likewise a slower progress often provides a startling contrast to the end However here we have a simple story with a good rhythm The plot is fairly simple but written flawlessly The first person narrator is credible and well portrayed His narrative voice makes perfect sense The ending was masterfully written It was not as mind blowing as some of his endings but it was perfect for this novella All in all the story was a great read as such and it gets extra points because it is well ConradMADNESSIf you pay attention to it there is a lot of mentioning of madness in the novel Whether it is used for a dramatic effect or foreshadowing I m not sure but the references are there early on First the narrator does something a bit crazy leaves his job and gets call mad for it and then he suspects that captain Giles might be despite being professionally very capable a mad man Soon he learns of his mistake and realizes that captain Giles was only looking out for him by discovering a job opportunity that would otherwise have been hidden from him However soon the protagonists says to captain Giles that the man who tried to hide the job from him the steward might be mad for would risk losing his job to get rid of a minor nuisance When the protagonist arrives to claim his ship he learns that his predecessor was positively mad During his voyage he grows assured that Mr Burns is mad as well Finally the protagonists doubts his own sanity Charma one might say When you accuse everyone of madness you get accused yourself All in all I found all that talk about madness fascinating perhaps because I liked the way in which the sanity was at times uestioned I felt like Conrad was aiming at something making us uestion ourselves Perhaps there are two shadow lines that get examined in this novel one is the line between not very young and mature and the other a line between sanity and madness I think the issue of keeping one s sanity was well addressed It is important for the dramatic aspect of the story but it doesn t stop at that You can see the protagonist slowly maturing It seems like it took him almost going mad himself to actually achieve clearness and maturity in his thinking When the protagonist first beholds the ship he acts like an enamoured schoolboy Was that the cause of his perhaps rushed departure from port However with time not a great amount of time actually our captain grows mature and acts according to his position There is one character that is somewhat of an ideal the character Ransome I was thinking how perhaps Ransome is presented as an ideal of a mentally stable man Under extreme pressure he remains calm His calmness has a profound impact on our protagonist the captain Ironically this man Ransome the ship s cook the only one who keeps his complete calm has a serious heart condition At one point in the novel he risks his life is it an act of nobility or madness Where is the line Similarly is the crew mad to trust the captain Is the captain mad to trust the crew Is he mad to trust himself As I said sanity is examined in an interesting way It is not directly talked about but during that inferno journey in particular one gets to see a fascinating exploration of human psychology THE CHARACTERSI already said a bit about the characters when I spoke about the madness element in this book For a Conrad s book there are not that many of them In addition because of the shortness of the book they are not described in great detail Nevertheless a few of them do stand out Captain Giles for example serves both as an initiator of the plot and the one to end it The narrator s conversation with him closes the circle of the narrative sort of speak Mr Burns and Ransome are important characters as well There are other members of ship s crew that are identified and described but they don t have a vital role as these two do These other crew men do make the story seem credible and add to the atmosphere but they are not independent characters as such On overall I would say that Conrad managed to portray his characters very well developing them as the story progressed No lengthy descriptions and long meditations on human nature this time but that doesn t mean he is not as good as a writer to make his characters come to life for he sure isAs to the protagonist of the novel I felt that by the end of the story he was a well rounded character a lot sadder but also a lot wiser I wonder though what is our narrator confessing to What does he felt guilty for The fact he didn t check the medicine Something he should have perhaps thought of but is it really something he should feel so guilty about The fact he didn t think that much of the men aboard the ship and was at first mostly enchanted with HER the ship As a captain he should have taken better care of his crew and not be so restless to get HER to the sea or is it really a combination of all of these things Don t we all do things that we regret and are ashamed of I suppose he had as much to regret as the next manTHE SEA AND THE SEAMANAmong other things this is definitely a novel about seaman What it means to be a seaman what it feels like what is the code of conduct you ll learn something about it here If you enjoy a good mariner s tale look no further You will find absolutely convincing descriptions of life at sea There are few writers who write so elouently about the sea In this novel descriptions of the sea and life on board are spot on You really have a feeling like you re there with the crew caught up with them in that windless inferno THE BALANCE OF POWERThere is no doubt that there is also a uestion of power here The narrator compares himself the captain with a monarch He maintains that a captain must appear like a monarch a God sent figure to the sailors because they do not understand the process by which the company elects one I found that really interesting especially in the latter context of the story The first officer Mr Burns apparently wanted to become a captain himself whether from ambition or simply because he by that time felt responsible for the ship is unclear There is a bit of struggle for dominance between the two Our protagonist commands the men the ultimate responsibility is on him I don t think he realizes until later on in the story what exactly does this mean Our protagonists is literally responsible for their lives The relationship between the crew and the captain can be a metaphor for the balance of power but even on its own it is very interesting to observe NO FEMALE CHARACTERS OR ARE THEREUnless we count one mysterious reference to a woman late crazy captain was involved with there is no mention of women in this novel The narrator himself admits that when Mr Burns pleaded with him to take him on for the sake of his wife and kids he felt nothing but when Burns addressed him as a fellow seaman he was moved into action The narrator showed no wish of getting married in the novel actually thought it was a bizarre notion perhaps because he married to his true love the sea The only she in this book is the shipand she is a beauty I was honestly moved by the way narrator describes being nervous as a lover when he was going to see HER a ship he was to command The writernarrator keeps on comparing the ship with a beautiful woman In retrospective there might be some symbolism there The late captain was perhaps ruined because he was seduced by a woman in a similar way our captainnarrator gets seduced by the ship So you can find the metaphorical Eve sort of speak Still basically it is a novel without female characters Something that I don t mind at all because I m not a militant feminist who is obsessed with that sort of thing but just so you knowTO WHOM WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOKFirstly I would recommend it to those who want to read something from Conrad but are not fans of the complex narrative or lengthy descriptions that this writer often employs In other words if you struggled with his other works or even gave up on reading him perhaps this is a good choice for youSecondly if you re looking for something a bit shorter but still substantial this novella might be just what you need It is not a difficult read as it comes with a fairly simple plot but at the same time it is profound enough to challenge your brain cells I absolutely feel that it is one of those books that can offer you multiple readings Thirdly if you are a Conrad fan they you should read it just because It may not be the best or the most profound thing written by him yet it is definitely worth reading CONCLUSIONI would describe The Shadow Line as a psychological thriller meets The Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner that a coming of age story but I can see how some might read it as a YAghost adventure tale This novella is not as complex as some of other Conrad s work but the writing is in my view simply brilliant For when a good story meets with excellent writing you do get something noteworthy It is so well written that I deem this novella worthy of a five star mark Every sentence seems to matter and the timing throughout the novel is pretty much perfect The characters are interesting and well portrayed One gets to know them through their actions and thoughts then through long descriptions though The psychological depth with which Conrad s usually draws his characters is somewhat missing perhaps due to the brevity of the novella but the atmosphere of the book makes up for it There is that uality of timelessness that I love about his works Moreover it is melancholic than pessimistic not as dark as some of his other works and that s not bad for a change As brief as this novel was I still had that priceless feeling of glancing into human souls and what could a girl ask for