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Book Title: Amy Foster|
The author of the book: Joseph Conrad
Date of issue: June 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781419106026
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 466 KB
Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Read full description of the books Amy Foster:Amy Foster, a short story by Joseph Conrad, reveals the great range and depth of the master’s ability.
Though a short story, or novella, the language is tight and the imagery is thick with multiple meanings and the story reads slow and pregnant with interpretations. The most ready to mind is that this is strongly inspired by his own experience as a central European living in England and feeling socially and culturally isolated from those around him. While this departs from his usual stories centered on a life at sea, this story demonstrates Conrad's depth of talent and reveals what close students of his work already know, that his ability to convey a complex emotional situation is rare.
Amy Foster, a simple, gentle girl, could also be seen as a double for his own English wife Jessie, about whom there was some criticism amongst the literary and intelligentsia group. Close friends, though, remarked upon what a perfect mate she was to the cerebral and esoteric Conrad and how her unassuming manner was complementary and necessary for his frenetic curiosity.
A sad, but beautifully crafted story told by a genius at telling such tales.
Read information about the authorJoseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski ) was a Polish-born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.
Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army. He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner. He then began to work aboard British ships, learning English from his shipmates. He was made a Master Mariner, and served more than sixteen years before an event inspired him to try his hand at writing.
He was hired to take a steamship into Africa, and according to Conrad, the experience of seeing firsthand the horrors of colonial rule left him a changed man.
Joseph Conrad settled in England in 1894, the year before he published his first novel. He was deeply interested in a small number of writers both in French and English whose work he studied carefully. This was useful when, because a need to come to terms with his experience, lead him to write Heart of Darkness, in 1899, which was followed by other fictionalized explorations of his life.
He has been lauded as one of the most powerful, insightful, and disturbing novelists in the English canon despite coming to English later in life, which allowed him to combine it with the sensibilities of French, Russian, and Polish literature.
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