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Victory: An Island Tale (Modern Library Classics)by Joseph Conrad
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Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heysts remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.
“With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,” writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. “The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.”
The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.
"You know what the Depression did to you? It made you a criminal, an outcast. You cheated, you lied, you got by, you survived any-old-how . . ."
It's 1930s America, and the Depression has affected the lives of millions. Poverty is rife and some families are starving. Fourteen-year-old Molly has no one to rely on but herself. She has to find work--any kind of work. But much of the nation is unemployed, and competition for jobs is stiff. Riding the freight trains in search of a job and a square meal, Molly sees the misery of the Great Depression at first hand.
"Survivorsis an unusual collection of fictional stories based on historical fact. Central to these stories are young people caught up in the conflicts and disasters of their time. Experience through their eyes the day-to-day hardships and dangers they encountered. Line illustrations capture the atmosphere of each story.
About the Author
Peter Lancelot Mallios is an assistant professor of English and American Studies at the University of Maryland.
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