The Secret Agent is a Victorian terrorist tale that has found a new audience with today's audiences. Set in 1866 London, this book tells the story of Adolf Verloc, a shopkeeper turned anarchist.
Mr. Verloc has a strange family life on top of a group of friends who belong to a terrorist group promoting anarchy. Although the group is relatively harmless, they do publish rebellious literature in the form of pamphlets entitled F.P, which brings them to the attention of the police. This changes when the group plans a dangerous terrorist attack, targeting one of London's most iconic landmarks.
The Secret Agent is in part, inspired by real life events. Joseph Conrad based one of the characters on the French anarchist, Martial Bourdin, who was killed in Greenwich Park when a bomb he was transporting, exploded. Conrad does a fantastic job of weaving his words into a mysterious and intriguing story that will keep you entertained until the very end.
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Typically good Conrad but . . .