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Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River
Almayer's Folly A Story of an Eastern River Author:Joseph Conrad First published in 1895, Almayer's Folly has been reprinted many times, including a 1921 edition by Doubleday, Page & Company, and a 1928 edition by Doubleday, Doran & Company with a decorative gold-stamped front cover. — Author's Note: — I am informed that in criticizing that literature which preys on strange people and prowls in far-off countrie... more »s, under the shade of palms, in the unsheltered glare of southern beaches, amongst honest cannibals and the more sophisticated pioneers of our glorious virtues, a lady - distinguished in the world of letters - summed up her disapproval of it by saying that the tales it produced were "decivilized." And in that sentence, not only the tales but, I apprehend, the strange people and far-off countries also, are finally condemned in a verdict of contemptuous dislike.
... [T]here is a bond between us and that humanity so far away. ... I am content to sympathize with common mortals, no matter where they live; in houses or in tents, in the streets under a fog, or in the forests behind the dark line of dismal mangroves that fringe the vast solitude of the sea. For, their land - like ours - lies under the inscrutable eyes of the Most High. Their hearts - like ours - must endure the load of the gifts from Heaven: the curse of facts and the blessing of illusion, the bitterness of our wisdom and the deceptive consolation of our folly.