Almayer's Folly and other stories Author:Joseph Conrad "A new great writer and a new and splendid region of romance have entered into our literature." Thus the critic T.P. O'Connor hailed the initial publication of this, Joseph Conrad's first work of fiction. The scene of Almayer's Folly is a trading post on the Mayalan archipelago; its theme is that of physical and moral decay, as the tantalizing d... more »reams of wealth which have sustained the novel's white protagonist elude him, leaving him in helpless isolation. Vividly contrasting the frailty of human hopes and designs with the fathomless power of Nature, the book embodies the qualities of style and vision which were to place its author among the masters of the English novel. It stands as both a striking psychological study and a portrayal of the confrontation of alien cultures, a work in which Conrad, as Jocelyn Baines declares, "employs the full emotive force of his vocabulary to evoke the exotic, corrupting power of the East."
This Signet Classic volume includes two of Joseph Conrad's later stories of the East and the sea--Freya of the Seven Isles and The Planter of Malata.« less