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Of the Conrad I have read this has the most story, character development, action, and romantic tone, but it maintains the deep existentialist undercurrent of his other works. This is quite a good book, but is my least favorite of the Conrad I have read. Lord Jim asks existential questions. if we are a product of nature, can we be condemned for our actions? Given our powerful inclination for self justification, can we trust our self image at all? Lord Jim is a less pure example of Conrad's writing than is Heart of Darkness or Nostromo.
I am happy I read this, but would not recommend it as a first Conrad. I recommend reading Heart of Darkness, if you love that, read Lord Jim.
The narration is very good, completely clear, well paced, with strong characterizations.
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