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The Shadow-Line

A Confession

Joseph Conrad - Author

Jacques Berthoud - Editor/introduction

Jacques Berthoud - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140180978 | 160 pages | 05 Jan 1993 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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'The ship, this ship, our ship, the ship we serve, is the moral symbol of our life' - Joseph Conrad Written at the start of the Great War, when his son Borys was at the Western Front, The Shadow-Line is Conrad's supreme effort to open man's eyes to the meaning of war through the stimulus of art. In many ways an autobiographical narrative, this masterpiece of his final period relates the story of a young and inexperienced sea captain whose first command finds him with a ship becalmed in tropical seas and a crew smitten with fever. As he wrestles with his conscience and with the sense of isolation that his position imposes, the captain crosses the 'shadow-line' between youth and adulthood. It is the qualities - both individual and collective - needed to confront the ship's crisis which symbolize the qualities needed by humanity, not only to face evil and destruction, but to come to terms with life.