"I've just remembered that I was unable to get past about page 100 of 'Lord Jim' - I found it uniquely tedious" Craner.
I always think Lord Jim is a bit like Heart of Darkness... I dunno why cos HofD is the one I haven't read.
Which one's set first?Hello!
They’re both narrated by Marlow and are about people being dicks on a steamship (well Lord Jim is about the fall out from being a dick on a steamship). Someone’s probably written a thesis about how sail is virtuous and steam is sinister in Conrad’s novels.
He lived not far from here for a while - Stanford-le-Hope. Ford Maddox Ford used to come down to visit him which I always find comicI think Lord Jim is a masterpiece (though he lets the ending get away from him), and only an ‘outsider’ could have written it - that obsession with the idea that ‘he was one of us, you know’ is (probably accidentally) extremely revealing. He was captivated by this idea of being an English gentleman, but of course he wasn’t allowed to be one.
Incidentally, his first registered address in this country is (judging by the photo from your window thread) very close to where woops lives.