Pubblicato nel 1902, Al limite estremo è il più lungo dei racconti di Conrad, espanso fin quasi alle dimensioni di un romanzo. Un capitano di mare dal passato glorioso, Whalley, riesce a ottenere il comando di una piccola vaporiera, sulla quale si illude di esercitare un effettivo e completo controllo nonostante la sua quasi-cecità. Ma il proprietario della nave, un avido giocatore ansioso di incassare il premio dell’assicurazione, inganna il capitano e manda la nave a infrangersi su una scogliera: Whalley affonderà con la sua nave. Sebbene Conrad faccia qui mostra di denunciare la credula e ottimistica natura di un personaggio, il suo vecchio lupo di mare, la stucchevole ripetizione delle sue virtù e il risultante melodramma sviano da un’analisi pessimistica radicale della natura umana.
- ISBN: 8811364574
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 154
Reading The End of the Tether, Joseph Conrad’s somber, mature and beautifully crafted novella published in 1902 reminds me of what a great debt English literature owes to this Polish gentleman, particularly the Lost Generation expatriate writers. Ford Madox Ford collaborated with Conrad on three pub Leggi tutto
A sea captain's final journey 28 March 2015 I would say that this is just another story about a sea journey, but then again it was written by Joseph Conrad, and despite the three stories that I have read being about ships and journeys, I simply cannot describe it using the words 'just another'. The b Leggi tutto
”Captain Whalley was not dwarfed by the solitude of the grandly planned street. He had too fine a presence for that. He was only a lonely figure walking purposefully […].” The End of the Tether was originally published in conjunction with two other novellas by Conrad, namely Youth and Heart of Darkne Leggi tutto
SPOILERS ahead, but this is Joseph Conrad we're talking about. His style is the star. His work is essentially spoiler-proof. This novella (which, by today's standards, would be termed a short novel) shows Conrad's gift of sympathy. Captain Whalley, twenty-five years after losing his wife, prepares fo Leggi tutto
"Two generations of seamen born since his first day at sea stood between him and all these ships at the anchorage. His own was sold, and he had been asking himself, What next?" This is a typically terse and moving Conrad novel, something he excelled at, bringing pathos to what was essentially the opp Leggi tutto
The End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad demonstrates again his mastery of prose fiction forms. In this case Conrad has written a novella about a sea captain named Whalley who has had a financial disaster at the end of a distinguished career. All he wants is to leave his only daughter some money to he Leggi tutto
A work of genius. Never has being a sailor seemed so incredibly romantic and yet so hopelessly depressing. As is his wont, Conrad sometimes fuses sentences together with such a litany of semicolons that you need a machete to hack through the twisted jungle of his lengthier paragraphs. However, whate Leggi tutto
The Pole Joseph Conrad is the Poet Laureate of the real England not the one to be found south of Scotland on the Island but the England that dominated the Seven Seas. He wrote great novels about the courageous English marine who spent most of their lives on ships far away from the comforts of Albion Leggi tutto
fantastic short novel and so melancholy. we know the old , brave, famous, intrepid, widowed ship captain, now reduced to running a tramp steamer on a 1600 mile milk run in the straights of Malacca area is destined for a bad, sad, end. an so it is true. but in this ship shape and tidy craft conrad ma Leggi tutto
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