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The tale of a man's inability to escape his self-delusion and the tragic results that ensue, Almayer's Folly unfolds with the lush prose and keen psychological insights for which its author is renowned. Set in nineteenth-century Borneo, the novel recounts the brief rise and protracted fall of Kaspar Almayer, a Dutch merchant who has struggled for 25 years to practice his trade in the jungle. Only his daughter, Nina, brightens Almayer's embittered marriage to a Malayan, and he dreams of their triumphant return to civilization—a fantasy undermined by Almayer's own greed and prejudice.

This tale of personal tragedy offers a wider perspective on the disastrous effects of colonialism, a view familiar to the author from the worldly wealth of experience he acquired in fifteen years of service as a merchant seaman. Conrad infused his first novel with many of the themes and settings that he would return to again and again in his later fiction: the clash of Western and Eastern cultures, the sovereignty of the natural world, and the consequences of cowardice and racism. A gripping and thought-provoking chronicle, Almayer's Folly abounds in the page-turning excitement that won Conrad his place among the greatest storytellers in English literature.

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The tale of a man's inability to escape his self-delusion and of the tragic results, Conrad's first novel unfolds with his famously lush prose and keen psychological insights. Set in nineteenth-century Borneo, the tale recounts the struggles of a Dutch merchant whose dreams are undermined by his own greed and prejudice.

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Lush prose and penetrating psychological insight infuse Conrad's first novel with the qualities that have made him one of the most popular and most studied writers in English literature. The novel chronicles the tragic decline of a Dutch merchant isolated in 19th-century Borneo, the machinations of his bitter Malayan wife, and the loss of his much loved daughter.

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ISBN:
9780486426778
Author:
Conrad, Joseph
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Trading companies
Subject:
Borneo
Subject:
Dutch
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
no. 1/2002
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.27 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by , The tale of a man's inability to escape his self-delusion and of the tragic results, Conrad's first novel unfolds with his famously lush prose and keen psychological insights. Set in nineteenth-century Borneo, the tale recounts the struggles of a Dutch merchant whose dreams are undermined by his own greed and prejudice.
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Lush prose and penetrating psychological insight infuse Conrad's first novel with the qualities that have made him one of the most popular and most studied writers in English literature. The novel chronicles the tragic decline of a Dutch merchant isolated in 19th-century Borneo, the machinations of his bitter Malayan wife, and the loss of his much loved daughter.
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