Lord Jim is a work of Joseph Conards maturity as a writer, and is one of the book which established him as a master storyteller and a great novelist. With this book Joseph Conrad set the style for a whole class of literaturethe novel of the outcast from civilization finding refuge in the tropics. The novel is set against a maritime background in the Far East. It brings out to the full, Conrads lengthy, firsthand experiences as a Master Mariner prior to his becoming a writer. Jim, chief mate on the steamship Patna, is a simple and sensitive character, a raw youth having dreams of heroism. When the Patna threatens to sink and the cowardly officers decide to save their own lives and jump in the few lifeboats, Jim despises them, but at the last moment, dazed by the horror and confusion of the moment, he joins them. Tortured by his act of cowardice and desertion that also wrecked his career in the Merchant Service and tormented by his ideal of what an officer should be, he flees from scandal, farther and farther East. It is only here in remote Patusan, holding the post given to him by the trader Stein, that he last finds the will to cease sacrificing himself on the altar of conscience....
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