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am 24. Mai 2000
Conrad is my favorite 20th century author, so I am biased. The reviewer who compared him to Tolstoy was on the money. Both lived lives that gave them fodder for their fiction; Tolstoy as a soldier in the Crimean war, an aristocrat facing the turbulence of the political and social upheavals of fin-de-siecle Russia, and Conrad as a mariner and a Polish transplant who carved out a language and a career for himself in England. Nostromo contains some of the most vividly realized characterization, plot, and sensory detail of any novel ever written in the English language, period. Do not pay any attention to a customer whose review is based on listening to the audio tape version. It doesn't do the book justice and is indeed labored to the extreme. I would also hope that readers do not form their opinions from the BBC film. It is infinitely shallow by comparison to this rich work. While the "eponymous" character remains purposefully enigmatic, the other inhabitants of Costaguena are stereoscopically fleshed out. We are on intimate terms with the Goulds. We know Decoud's innermost thoughts. It's true that Decoud is the central character of this novel. His isolation and mental defragmentation is Conrad's arguement for and refuation of existentialism. We are all islands, yet no man is in island. Take your pick. This is a very large piece of fiction. Do not approch it as you would some best seller. It's not going to entertain you on every page. What it will do is reward you in riches that can never come cheaply. Yet it is not like Finnegan's Wake, where you have to have your Boedekker's guide to see you along your journey. It's also a great adventure story, with a larger than life hero. If I could suggest one book to represent the most finely crafted novel of its era, this would be it.
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am 22. Januar 2003
Nostromo wird in der Literaturgeschichte als das literarisch anvancierteste Werk Conrad angesehen. In einigen Passagen nimmt es Techniken der Moderne vorweg. Bemerkenswert ist aber vor allem zweierlei: die auch aus anderen Werken (z.B. Heart of darkness) bekannte atmosphärische Dichte. Die südamerikanische Hafenszenerie wird so geschildert, dass der Leser das Gefühl hat, selbst dort gewesen zu sein.
Zum anderen ist die geschilderte politische Problematik auch heute (leider) immer noch aktuell: Südamerika als Hinterhof us-amerikanischer Wirtschaftsinteressen, Armut und Ausnutzung der Bewohner durch Kolonialherren, die heute nur in anderer Form auftreten usw.
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am 3. Januar 2000
"Nostromo" ist ein klassischer Joseph Conrad Roman, diesmal jedoch zur Abwechslung in Südamerika stattfindend, in 'Sulaco'. Es ist eine Erzählung über Liebe, Krieg und Gier, eine Revolutionsgeschichte, eine Geschichte des Abstiegs eines Menschen - Conrads Lieblingsthema.
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am 10. April 2013
Set in a fictional, but stereotypcial South American country the book tells the story of a group of people in the city of Sulaco (apparently based on Cartagena in Colombia) and how a silver mine changes their fates and the history of their country. Besides the fascinating and imaginative fictional backdrop the author achievs a profound and deep description of diverse characters combined with some excellent storytelling. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I was hooked I could not stop reading.
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...der umstrittenen Person des Autors,
entführt die Geschichte in ein fiktives südamerikanisches
Land und schildert die Geschichte um eine Silbermine.

Nostro Uomo ist ein italienischer Matrose, der in den Wirren
eines Bürgerkriegs seinen Beitrag zur Sicherung der Silbermine leistet.
Als "unser Mann" bringt ihm jedoch sein Einsatz kein Glück und
so wird aus dem Schatz der Mine sein persönlicher Fluch.

Neben der Geschichte von Nostro Uomo werden die Geschichten
des Verwalters der Silbermine, seiner Ehefrau und vieler Nebenfiguren
auführlich beschrieben.

Der Duktus erinnert stark an Garcia Maquez...

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This is a bitter and brutal book. Conrad is not an easy read, but this book is probably one of his most accessable and my own personal favorite. Written in 1904 its prophetic content amazes with the accuracy of its narrative. It focuses on the absurd country of Costaguana, a small Central or South American nation constantly changing governments through bloody revolutions and constantly being plundered by foreign interests (The United States, England and France). and how these interlopers assist the revolutions and help to slaughter the citizens so they can exert even more control over the nations through puppet dictators that are overthrown by more agreeable puppet dictators, and on and on and on, ad infinitum. No single character has a happy outcome, no one seems to ever experience joy as greed and power-hunger and passion and lust and paranoia corrupt every one in their own unique ways. Mandatory reading for anyone wishing to understand Central American dictator! ! ships and how life in countries like Guatemala or Nicaragua got to be so helpless and cruel. A masterpiece.
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am 28. Juli 1998
Conrad creates a whole world here, and makes you believe it. It's a wonderful book, and that David Lean died before he could make a movie version of it with Marlon Brando is a shame. Conrad was a brillant writer, and this is a brilliant book.
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am 8. Juni 1997
A Conrad fan since reading The Secret Sharer in 8th grade, I consider this to be Conrad's best work. Conrad manages to capture the tumultuous nature of colonial South American politics despite the fact that he had only visited the area once in his life. The title character and tragic hero, whose name means "Our Man", is indeed the pride of the people, brought down through no fault of his own by a cruel twist of fate. Conrad's commentary on the circular and fatalistic nature of power and stature is similar to works like Lord Jim, but his attention to details of setting and characterization is superior to that of his other works, as well as that of most other authors. The ending is one of the most powerful I have encountered in literature
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am 29. Januar 1999
Nostromo is a novel that stands comparison with War and Peace. Widely seen as Conrad's greatest work, it contains amazing - one might say appalling - insight into the human condition in the century that was just beginning. Conrad's father had served time in Siberia-like exile with his young family in tow, for participating in revolutionary, patriotic Polish politics. The experience had shortened his parents' lives and left Conrad an orphan at an early age, giving the writer a personal preview of what the new century was going to be like for so many others. The novelist's modern insight was not only on the political and social front but also into man's sense of identity. With Godot-like despair, Decoud, the character closest to Conrad in Nostromo, "beheld the universe as a succession of incomprehensible images." Stranded by himself for several days he becomes suicidal, realizing that "in our activity alone do we find the sustaining illusion of an independent existence as against the whole scheme of things of which we form a helpless part." At the same time it is beautifully written and is a gripping adventure - so can work on many different levels. Anyone who reads novels should read this classic.
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am 25. Februar 2000
...of the twentieth century, and it's easy to see why. I was introduced to the book by way of the BBC television production, which I recommend as a good companion piece, since it takes a different perspective than the book. The TV camera, after all, can't get into the minds of the characters and reveal to us just what they're thinking. On the other hand, Conrad chose not to focus on the more visual aspects of the story, the aspects the BBC was able to bring to us in the clearest manner. Combining the two creates a much more thorough-going picture than either could create alone.
Joseph Conrad obviously had a problem with endings -- he wanted to tie his stories up entirely too neatly, and in this one he does that by killing of the eponymous character (I'm not giving anything important away by saying that). Still, the focus of the novel is on what happens in the middle, not on the events that bring everything to an end, and for an insight into the minds of ordinary people thrust into the center of events bigger than themselves (though they don't know them to be bigger than themselves) this is an exemplary work.
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