FRANCIS HACKETT . . ... Back to Conrad

August 1956
New Republic;8/6/56, Vol. 135 Issue 6, p20
This article presents information about the book "Nostromo," by Joseph Conrad. It is a magnificent and a beautiful book. Critics who passed judgment on it were torpid. It is clear today that the main character in the book is not the magnetic Italian captain of stevedores for whom the novel is named. It is the silver mine which he bestowed on Chile, to which the Chilean Englishman, Charles Gould, gave his heart. The extravagance of vanity that buoyed this performer and completely eluded his English superior, so garrulous and so doughty, with ironies of patriotism, fanaticism and cynicism in the Spanish upper class that Conrad depicts with perfect fidelity and a muted sympathy.


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