As I recall this is the third time I’ve read this book…and I would happily read it again. One of the all-time greats. Even today Conrad’s writing still clearly evokes the people and places of ‘up-country’ Indonesia and the ‘Malay archipelago.’ This is a must read for ANYONE. The movie was a surprisingly decent representation of Conrad’s great book but predictably missed much of Conrad’s powerful evocation of the essence of basic pride and lordly honour (far from a Lord our hero falls among the lowest of the low in colonial Asia).
The copy I picked up was published in 1965 (2 years before I was born) in US but had a bookmark inside from The Authors Wing of the Oriental Hotel, Bangkok. I picked it up in Kuta, Bali, and left it at Berlian Inn, my regular hangout there. This particular book had clearly seen some road miles long before I got my hands on it…and I hope it makes many more.
Kitbaggers book project – travel literature on speed.
Have you ever handled a classic paperback and wondered where it’s been and whose hands it passed through? Do you love the well-handled look of a book that’s obviously seen decades of serious mileage through places you might only have imagined?
This project was conceived long ago through a conversation (in San Jose, Costa Rica) between a group of friends who’d wondered about these same things and thought it would be interesting to try to trace the history of just a few random books that we read on the road.
More than just a review – this is also the story of a single adventurous copy that’s probably still out there touring the world somewhere. Let us know if you find it.
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