Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Review: 'Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages: Tales of Singapore and an East Borneo River' by Ian Burnet

John Butler at the Asian Review of Books.

"...Burnet works backwards with the material, reordering the narrative sequence and focusing on background material to definitively link Conrad’s life with the events of the [earlier] novels, effectively building on Conrad’s own retrospective memory and quoting liberally from the novels to connect the fictional and non-fictional worlds.

"The result is interesting—Burnet is not a literary scholar, but an enthusiastic and intelligent reader of Conrad, which makes this book ideal to read if one is curious about Conrad but not that well-acquainted with his books; it is not much use for scholars of Conrad."

See Conrad, "Youth", in Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 2; and Heart of Darkness, in Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990 volume 59.

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