While Typhoon may not be one of Conrad's deepest works, the story of the typhoon and the Captain who gets the ship through it and the demoralized crew he rallies, is hold your breath exciting. The descriptions of the storm tossed ship are fantastic. If this book were on the best-seller list today it should be number 0. I mean better than first. The narrator understands this story and it shows in his reading. As you can tell, I really like this book.
James is a hard writer to read aloud. He's a hard writer to read off the page. His sentences are long, with lots of subordinate clauses, that express delicate shades of meaning. They are often beautiful, but it's a difficult beauty. Maureen O'Brien does more than make James' book understandable, she makes it live in all its subtlety.
Jarvis makes up transitions between the stories. They are lousy imitations of Wodehouse and ruined the book for me. I wonder if he even reads the stories as they were written. It's arrogant.
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