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Typhoon [with Biographical Introduction] [Format Kindle]

Joseph Conrad
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Of the three kings of sea yarns--Melville, London and Conrad--the latter surely possessed the greatest eloquence. All could create excitement, draw memorable characters and find the depths of human experience in the depths of the ocean. For sheer beauty of language, for the liveliest and most original expressions, Conrad reigns as first among equals. His early novella, TYPHOON, in which a British steamer battles a hurricane in the South China seas, exemplifies these virtues in spades. So does the narration of British actor Roger Allam. He retains the author's mellifluousness even when he fails to make good on his superb beginning and loses the thread of the narrative. In addition, his characterizations are particularly vivid. Y.R. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Typhoon [with Biographical Introduction]

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 138 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 146 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0312873034
  • Editeur : Digireads.com; Édition : Complete and Unabridged (1 avril 2004)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B000FC1EZ8
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Par Maketif
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Conrad sait raconter la mer et ceux qui la fréquentent; comme peu d'auteurs savent le faire. Il nous fait arriver fourbu au terme de cette traversée épique.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Perfidy, Violence, and Terror" 28 juillet 2000
Par James Paris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
It has been over 30 years since the first time I read this book. Coming back to it after all this time, my overwhelming impression was how much Conrad had compressed into so few pages. TYPHOON can easily be read in a single sitting; but don't plan on going to bed right after. Not without a good stiff drink.
The Nan-Shan, a steamer of Siamese registry but with English officers, and with a cargo of Chinese coolie laborers returning from a stint overseas, encounters a deadly typhoon and somehow survives it. We see the story unfold through the eyes of Jukes, the first mate, who is awed by his stoic Captain MacWhirr's quiet resolve in the face of a storm of the century.
Reading it, I felt transported to the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. A sound as of all the demons of hell -- shaking and rolling in six directions at once -- flashes of light from exploding transformers -- barefooted stumbling for my boots in a world of broken glass and crockery -- found by the police hours later walking down the street, stunned, with blood pouring from my ankle and a gallon jug of water in my hand.
Or, replace it with an equivalent experience of your own. Conrad had looked death in the face and learned how to face it. His Captain MacWhirr stands fast in the fury and doesn't let his imagination of untold horrors interfere with guiding the ship through the storm. At one point, he tells Jukes in the wheelhouse, "We must trust her [the ship] to go through it and come out the other side, That's plain and straight."
Conrad is a wise teacher and a great writer. TYPHOON did more than survive a second reading: It awed me a second time. If I may quote once more from the book: "MacWhirr had sailed over the surface of the oceans as some men go skimming over the years of existence to sink gently into a placid grave, ignorant of life to the last, without ever having been made to see all that it may contain of perfidy, of violence, and of terror."
MacWhirr's initiation into this perfidy, violence, and terror shows us how we might likewise survive the storms and shipwrecks of our own lives. What an incredible book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A very nice piece of writing. 10 février 2011
Par The Old Prospector - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a gem of a sea story by a master. It may start a little slow, but Joseph Conrad is just laying groundwork. Before long the reader is experencing very good writing about a very bad voyage. This would make a great man against nature movie.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A 1903 Classic Novel of the Sea 3 mars 2002
Par "curtcow" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Cassette
Great narration on the audio book captures the British and Scottish dialects, but it's so smooth that it's easy to be lulled into dreamland. I had to go back to the excerpts on Amazon and replay parts of the tape to catch the true impact of Conrad's words.
Captain Mac Whirr, a short, fat, dull but dependable seaman, commands the Nan-Shan for a Siamese merchant firm. He writes twelve letter a year to his uncaring wife and has two children who barely know him. During typhoon season in the China Sea Jukes the first mate tells the Captain to change course to avoid the looming storm, but Mac Whirr will think of nothing but forging straight ahead. The Captain and Jukes as well as Solomon Rout the chief engineer (Long Sol, Old Sol or father Rout to his shipmates and Solomon Sez to his wife who quotes pearls of wisdom from his letters to anyone who'll listen) and the Bosun are at the center of the crisis that follows.
During a storm like no other the actions of everyman are almost predetermined by their biases, intrenched beliefs and in some cases ability to react. In six short chapters Conrad develops a great story of how different men behave in a fight for survival.
The tale of the last leg is told in pieces from letters home. The Captain's letter is barely read by his wife who has no idea what happened. Solomon's is sentimental and cherished by his beloved. Jukes reveals the most. Unsurprisingly we find that Captain Mac Whirr wasn't so dumb after all.
It would probably be better read than listened to and deserves at least four stars for the classic it is.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 get a towel 31 mars 2011
Par John J. BAIN - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This narrative takes you out to sea and throws you about as if you were a cork in a washing machine. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the ship has sunk or not there's so much water everywhere. You better hold on with both hands and hook your feet into something for good measure. All that and some luck will keep you from drowning. I was kidding about the towel, it won't matter. Breathe every chance you get, and pray it'll be enough...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Conrad the master! 27 janvier 2003
Par S. Griffin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Joseph Conrad was a master of language. In a brief but classic book, you will experience the incredible power of a typhoon while on a steamer as if you were there. Especially real is the scene in the chart room after the initial damage. It is very dark, and Captain MacWhirr lights matches to see his surroundings. Conrad's concise descriptions make you feel even the flame of the match as it burns down. If only this book were longer! I would have loved to know more about Captain MacWhirr's adventures. I HIGHLY recommend this book, as well as Conrad's "Heart of Darkness."
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