A serious, reflective novel by the author of Heart of Darkness (one of my all time favorites), for which the movie Apocalypse Now was based. Recommended for those interested in other cultures, global issues, human rights issues.
Not as popular as Heart of Darkness, but a fascinating read from British Empire Literature. In the end, what is more important? The tangible prize or the ideal? Read it. Find out.
Lord Jim narrates the SAGA of a young British seaman, a hero who lost his way, and found it again, striving after a goal of showing his courage. We briefly introduce the middle of the story, when Jim, disgraced, is working honorably as possible as a clerk who arranges resupply of ships. Then we come back to the very beginning of the story, when Jim is raised the second son of a parson, and sent to learn sailing at the first sign of inclination. He is smart enough and built like an ox and he gets on well, till he shows his flaw. He thinks too much, dreams too much of a chance to show his courage and quality. When he gets a chance in sailing school he misses it. He then begins brooding to console himself that this chance wasn't real, that he will shine in a true opportunity. Thus Jim finds his adversary, the circumstances of the sea, and begins a LONG circuitous tale heading for apparent defeat, that show him as a coward and a final confrontation that will let him show his quality.