All posts tagged: Joseph Conrad

Back To The Classics Challenge 2012

Back To The Classics Challenge 2012

I’m taking a break from the weekly book write-up to formally announce my intention to join the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012. I never joined book challenges before, but after reviewing my 2012 reading plan, I think I wouldn’t be making huge adjustments. Wait, I have a 2012 reading plan? Yes, but let’s not talk about that now. And going back to the challenge, why not? Anyway, the challenge has nine categories. Here are they along with the books that I picked. Any 19th Century Classic – The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane There are a lot of 19th century novels out there, so the choice for this category is the easiest. Any 20th Century Classic – Ulysses by James Joyce I’m both excited and terrified to read this. Excited because this book is Modern Library’s Number 1 book, and terrified because reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was a bad experience. There might be an encore, but I hope not. I might be reading this with a …

The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It is about a group of terrorists who are given the task of bombing an institution. I used to think that The Secret Agent and The Secret Sharer are just the same. Of course they are not. They have different titles, and the former is a novel while the latter is a short story. When: August 29, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Clark Why: I was actually reluctant to buy this one, but since it’s one of the books that I am collecting and since I want to buy books on special days like the date I bought this one, I went ahead. How much: Php 70.00

The Secret Sharer – Joseph Conrad

Intro I have a little problem about this. How do you classify this? Is this a short story or a novella? And how does one decide whether one is a short story or a novella? Is there a maximum word count? What elements should be present or absent? And I also have another problem. I don’t think there are novellas. One can only either be a short story or a novel. And if you really think about it, the length depends on who is reading. Factors like reading speed, interest level, and other subjective matters play a part in this classification. If you ask me, I think Tropic of Cancer is just as long as War and Peace. So I will lay it all down with this: The Secret Sharer is a short story. I read this right after Heart of Darkness. It’s a back to back edition. Maybe the publishers aren’t too sure either on what to do with this but needed to have it published because of its substance. And yes, I know I talked too much …

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

Intro There are some books that I enjoyed reading but for the heart of me could not really remember. I would claim to have read them but only the vaguest things about them run through me. Coincidentally, some of these books are from the same writer. More so, these books are short works that are either long short stories or short novels. And they say that brevity is a virtue. I am not questioning Joseph Conrad. He is worthy of being called one of the greatest writers of his time. Although he didn’t have a chance to win the Nobel for not being able to fit in the vision of the institution, he still has something important to say. So what was it that he was trying to say in one of his works? The Rhapsody I admit, I am quite reluctant to write something about this work. But since I have to follow the schedule, I will try my best to whack my brains out and figure things out. I must be aging fast. My memory is waning. …