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When Jim, a young merchant seaman, joins a ship carrying Muslims to Mecca, he's flush with heroic daydreams. But after only a few days aboard, the Patna hits something in the night and begins to take on water. In a crucial moment that tests his courage, Jim cowers and abandons ship rather than risk his life to save the pilgrims. Tried for shameful dereliction of duty, the guilt-ridden Englishman sets forth to make amends for his past in the remote territory of Patusan.

As the curious Captain Marlow now attempts to understand Jim's history through various fractured narratives, Jim becomes defined by the memories of others - some true, some invented, and all inescapable.

Upending the expectations of nautical fiction, Joseph Conrad created a profound exploration of one's perception of self, of time as both healing and destructive, and of trying to know the unknowable.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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A fascinating character study, also an adventure

"Lord Jim" is a fascinating character study. I just finished listening to Conrad's "Shadow Line," in which the hero is a wholesome, intelligent, but simple character in a wholesome, well-written story; while "Lord" Jim is his peculiar, self-absorbed, navel-gazing, neurotic opposite. The contrast between the two is delightful in itself. English professors might take issue with me here, but I thought Jim's friend, the narrator of the story (I mean within the story, not the reader for Audible) went on much too long and was too absorbed in -- almost obsessed with -- "Lord" Jim. It got a little old in that respect. But the story was interesting, over all; and the other characters, mostly minor (certainly minor in Jim's eyes) were also interesting and sympathetic. A book I've wanted to read for years but never got around to reading (too much to do all the time, which is why audio works for me) -- well worth it, I'd say.

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