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eBook The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale epub
  • ISBN: 0543770850
  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation; Elibron Classics edition (May 7, 2001)
  • Pages: 318 pages
  • ePUB size: 1170 kb
  • FB2 size 1300 kb
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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1907. The story is set in London in 1886 and deals with Mr Adolf Verloc and his work as a spy for an unnamed country (presumably Russia).

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1907. The Secret Agent is one of Conrad's later political novels in which he moved away from his former tales of seafaring. The novel deals broadly with anarchism, espionage and terrorism

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and rubber stamps; a few books, with titles hinting at impropriety; a few apparently old copies of obscure newspapers, badly printed, with titles like The Torch, The Gong-rousing titles. And the two gas jets inside the panes were always turned low, either for economy’s sake or for the sake of the customers.

Опубликовано: 8 янв. 2020 г. The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale by Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924). The audio is the records of Librivox. 00:00:00 Chapter I 00:17:58 Chapter II 01:17:27 Chapter III 01:58:56 Chapter IV 02:34:56 Chapter V 03:22:02 Chapter VI 04:19:25 Chapter VII 04:52:28 Chapter VIII 05:51:03 Chapter IX 06:50:40 Chapter X 07:19:35 Chapter XI pt 1 08:08:32 Chapter XI pt. 2 08:36:37 Chapter XII pt 1 09:13:26 Chapter XII pt 2 09:49:39 Chapter XIII.

Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), born to Polish parents in a region of the Russian Empire that is now part of Ukraine, was orphaned at eleven years old and joined the French merchant marine at sixteen. He sailed to the West Indies, Australia, and Borneo, and spent six months captaining a steamer on the Congo River, an experience that inspired his best-known work, Heart of Darkness.

He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction.

The Secret Agent marks a departure from Conrad's nautical novels, but retains the unique foreign flavor that . The Secret Agent is indeed a gripping and interesting read.

The Secret Agent marks a departure from Conrad's nautical novels, but retains the unique foreign flavor that characterizes Conrad's writing. Conrad's works are also characterized by his deeply moral outlook, ethical views and his gift for creating highly readable, memorable fiction. In this world of modern day spying, Joseph Conrad's spy story, The Secret Agent, is very pertinent.

The Secret Agent is just such a book, and how marvelous it i. The Secret Agent"begins with a biography of the author, "The life and times of Joseph Conrad" which is important in understanding this complicated, brilliant writer and his times.

The Secret Agent is just such a book, and how marvelous it is. Its subject is the seamy, sordid world of anarchists in Edwardian England. The year is 1907 and the main characters are Adolf Verloc, a small-time pornographer and part-time secret agent and anarchist, and his long-suffering wife Winnie. He was born in 1857 into a family of minor Polish gentility (his homeland under Russian rule at the time). Both of his parents died early in his life from TB, and he was sickly throughout his life.

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This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1907 edition by Bernhard Tauchnitz, Leipzig.
Comments: (7)
Golkree
We live in uncertain and even dangerous times. Cruel beheadings are shown on the internet, stories of war and terror lead the nightly news and the daily paper is crammed with reports of violence and mayhem. It is easy to think that our age is perhaps especially cruel. And yet it isn’t. Not long ago it was the brutality of communist systems that appalled the West, of terror rampages of the Bader Meinhof Gang or the Munich Olympics, the mad mullahs of Iran and so on.

So it is interesting to find a superbly written book about terror in a time long ago. The Secret Agent is just such a book, and how marvelous it is. Its subject is the seamy, sordid world of anarchists in Edwardian England. The year is 1907 and the main characters are Adolf Verloc, a small-time pornographer and part-time secret agent and anarchist, and his long-suffering wife Winnie. The story could seem seriously dated and improbable, but only if you forget how really terrifying the anarchists of that time were. They were that era’s terrorists, and they struck with great violence and cruelty. Crude bomb-makers blew themselves up in crowded trains and cozy cafes in Paris, crackpots from obscure political sects took potshots at crowned heads and political figures. And more victims fell than just the Archduke and Archduchess of Austria at Sarajevo. William McKinley, the U.S. president, was assassinated, as was an Austrian empress, a French president, an Italian king and a Spanish prime minister. The crimes were vicious, shocking and deadly, just like today.

Conrad conjures up this time of paranoia, delusion, cruelty and stupidity with all his considerable powers. He takes the reader deep into the criminal mind at work, with great subtlety and art. It is all very chilling and macabre, but at the same time it is so fascinating that you cannot avert your eyes.

Much of the story concerns a plot to bomb the Greenwich Observatory outside London, designed to be a symbolic attack on knowledge itself. But the real meat of this story is what is going on inside the heads of these odious characters; Conrad takes the reader on an intimate interior tour of their thoughts and calculations. It is a psychologically horrifying tale, but it is told in an old-fashioned, Hithcockian way. Only three people die in this tale, but the level of suspense is kept at a crackling level and the narrative bowls along at a pressing pace. The story unfolds with a sly, almost lewd sense of humor and an unhealthy relish for the macabre. It is a great story, told with unfailing skill and a blood-curdling charm.
Qutalan
The author has a great grasp of human psychology. He delves into the motivations and feelings each character has so that you learn more about the characters than in most fiction books. Although Conrad was not a native born English speaker his use of the language was impressive. In most fiction you get to like some characters and dislike others. I never found a character I liked in this book; I found I ranged from mild dislike to contempt of all the characters. I will not provide any spoilers so you will need to read this book to determine how you feel about the characters.
Shaktit
Fascinating story that shows the writer's deep understanding of human motives, thought processes, etc. He creates a story where you understand the characters and their role in the world at that time. You do have sympathy for many but none are real hero's or true villains. The switching between the different characters and their perspectives keeps the story moving. The ending does feel very rushed and many characters do not get covered in depth or at all. It feels like the writer was trying to wrap up and get the story done versus the pace up to that point. All in all a good read and shows that many of the views, opinions, and troubles of society over 100 years ago are still present today.
Black_Hawk_Down.
"The Secret Agent"begins with a biography of the author, "The life and times of Joseph Conrad" which is important in understanding this complicated, brilliant writer and his times. He was born in 1857 into a family of minor Polish gentility (his homeland under Russian rule at the time). Both of his parents died early in his life from TB, and he was sickly throughout his life. After a hit-and-miss family life and education, he became interested in going to sea to expand his world. This was a time when the British Empire and other powers held colonies overseas, so shipping out of Marseilles he joined the merchant marines at the age of 16. An advantage was that he already had a respectable command of French from a tutor.

For four years he found work on various boats involved in gunrunning, smuggling, gambling, love affairs; many of these experiences are fictionalized in his stories and novels. This was a rough life, but he made friends with two Englishmen, and in 1886 Conrad earned his master seaman's certificate and became a British citizen, He also wrote his first story at this time, amazingly in English, because he wanted to reach a broad audience. There is much more to his life and writing, culminating in his best known work, "The Heart of Darkness," based on his experiences in the Belgian Congo.

"The Secret Agent" is a a story set earlier (1886) telling an allegory of terrorists and anarchists based in Edwardian England. The agent is secretly employed by a foreign embassy, probably Russia, to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. The complicated plot is masterful, the prose sophisticated, and the characterizations full and engrossing. The death of an innocent is heartrending. Joseph Conrad is often considered the best writer of the 19th century.
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