Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River by Joseph Conrad

By Joseph Conrad

Almayer's Folly, Joseph Conrad's first novel, is a story of private tragedy in addition to a broader meditation at the evils of colonialism.

Set within the lush jungle of Borneo within the past due 1800s, it tells of the Dutch service provider Kaspar Almayer, whose desires of riches for his cherished daughter, Nina, cave in lower than the burden of his personal greed and prejudice.

Nadine Gordimer writes in her advent, "Conrad's writing is lifelong questioning... What used to be 'Almayer's Folly'? The pretentious condo by no means lived in? His obsession with gold? His obsessive love for his daughter, whose progenitors, the Malay race, he despised? All three?"

Conrad verified in Almayer's Folly the topics of betrayal, isolation, and colonialism that he could discover through the remainder of his existence and paintings.

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Of many a flood they viewed the secret source The birth of rivers, rising to their course; Whate’er with copious train its channel fills, Floats into lakes, or bubbles into rills. 55 The Po was there to see, Danubius’ bed, Euphrates’ fount, and Nile’s mysterious head. Further they pass; where ripening minerals flow, And embryon metals undigested glow : Sulphureous veins and living silver shine, 60 Which soon the parent sun’s warm powers refine; In one rich mass unite the precious store, The parts combine and harden into ore.

But stint your clack for sweet St Charitie) [] ’Tis Willy begs, once a right proper man, [] Though now a book, and interleaved, you see. 5 Much have I borne from cankered critic’s spite, [] From fumbling baronets, and poets small, Pert barristers, and parsons nothing bright : But, what awaits me now, is worst of all! ’Tis true, our master’s temper natural 10 Was fashioned fair in meek and dovelike guise : But may not honey’s self be turned to gall By residence, by marriage, and sore eyes? [] If then he wreak on me his wicked will : Steal to his closet at the hour of prayer, 15 And (when thou hear’st the organ piping shrill) Grease his best pen, and all he scribbles, tear.

Tis not that old Focus himself has got eyes, But because he has writ about seeing. 54 Satire on the Heads of Houses [] O Cambridge, attend To the satire I’ve penned On the heads of thy Houses, Thou seat of the Muses! 5 Know the Master of Jesus Does hugely displease us; The Master of Maudlin In the same dirt is dawdling; The Master of Sidney 10 Is of the same kidney; The Master of Trinity To him bears affinity; As the Master of Keys Is as like as two peas, 15 So the Master of Queen’s Is as like as two beans; The Master of King’s Copies them in all things; The Master of Catherine 20 Takes them all for his pattern; The Master of Clare Hits them all to a hair; The Master of Christ By the rest is enticed; 25 But the Master of Emmanuel Follows them like a spaniel; The Master of Benet Is of the like tenet; The Master of Pembroke 30 Has from them his system took; The Master of Peter’s Has all the same features; The Master of St John’s Like the rest of the dons.

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