Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River (Paperback)

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Almayer's Folly, Joseph Conrad's first novel, is a tale of personal tragedy as well as a broader meditation on the evils of colonialism. Set in the lush jungle of Borneo in the late 1800s, it tells of the Dutch merchant Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice. Nadine Gordimer writes in her Introduction, Conrad's writing is lifelong questioning . . . What was Almayer's Folly ? The pretentious house never lived in? His obsession with gold? His obsessive love for his daughter, whose progenitors, the Malay race, he despised? All three? Conrad established in Almayer's Folly the themes of betrayal, isolation, and colonialism that he would explore throughout the rest of his life and work.

About the Author

Nadine Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991, has written numerous works set in her South African homeland, including "The Conservationist," "Burger s Daughter," and "July s People." Her most recent novel is "The Pickup.""

Praise For…

“The human heart as recorded in Mr. Conrad’s pages is the human heart of an immense number of men in all ages and in all climes.” —Ford Madox Ford

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375760143
ISBN-10: 0375760148
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: October 8th, 2002
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)