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The Shadow-Line

Narrated by: Mark Mcnamara
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Written in 1915, "The Shadow-Line" is based upon events and experiences from twenty-seven years earlier to which Conrad returned obsessively in his fiction. A young sea captain's first command brings with it a succession of crises: his sea is becalmed, the crew laid low by fever, and his deranged first mate is convinced that the ship is haunted by the malignant spirit of a previous captain.

This is indeed a work full of "sudden passions," in which Conrad is able to show how the full intensity of existence can be experienced by the man who, in the words of the older Captain Giles, is prepared to "stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience." A subtle and penetrating analysis of the nature of manhood, "The Shadow-Line" investigates varieties of masculinity and desire in a subtext that counters the tale's seemingly conventional surface.

©2018 Joseph Conrad (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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Mr. Conrad does himself proud!

It WAS a difficult situation, made worse by the weather and the sickness (and the newness of command), but no one just gave up and quit trying to do, as well as to BE, the best they could, given the circumstances.

This was one of the most most laboriously-involved and difficult=to-detail stories I've EVER stuck with and the reward of eventual assistance and more-or-less "resolution" made me feel as though we had been through a hellish trial together.

This is NOT a story to return to with pleasure, but one to admire for "stick-to-it-ivness" and sense of duty. I admire and truly cherish that attitude and devotion -- in fiction AND in real life.

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Wonderful story. Horribly read.

This is absolutely Unlistenable. I want my money back. Please don’t waste your money on this.