Almayer's Folly

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in Malaya, Almayer's Folly is Joseph Conrad's first novel. In it, he charts the decline of a Dutch merchant after a 25-year struggle against overwhelming odds. Though married to a bitter and hateful Malayan wife, Almayer refuses to accept the financial ruin which he has precipitated. Instead, he dreams of fantastic wealth and a return to the civilization of his youth, accompanied by his loving daughter, Nina. But when Nina turns away from his elusive fantasies to the stark reality of her native lover, Almayer must face his inevitable destruction.

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Dark and stimulating

This was Joseph Conrad's first published book and it bears many of the hallmarks of his later fiction: alienation of European man in the East; the unbridgeable racial and cultural divides; the calsh between illusion and reality; and the brooding backdrop of the jungle and the sea. Not a happy book, but a powerful read: another chance to marvel at the fluency and power of Conrad's prose. I enjoyed it but then Conrad is possibly my favourite classical author! Well narrated too. If you do like this book, try "Lord Jim", "Nostromo" and "Heart of Darkness".
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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-08-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.