Monday, February 1, 2010

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

Book Review
Rating 3 out of 10
This book is about South America around 1900. What is happening is that the area is being developed by foreign investments from Europe and North America. So we see the rise of mining, they want to build railway and the telegraph is drawing it's lines. The central character of the account is Nostromo, he is some kind of Che Guevara or Prince Myshkin like character, but eventually he is corrupted by the greed for wealth like everybody else. The best thing about the novel is Conrads ability to build the environment with a graphical textuality and presence. The style of the novel is the grand epic tale, it seems like Conrad has been inspired by the great Russians, for example Tolstoys War and Peace.

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