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e-Book The Secret Agent download

by Joseph Conrad

ISBN: 1425051030
ISBN13: 978-1425051037
Language: English
Publisher: Read How You Want; EasyRead Comfort Edition edition (December 1, 2006)
Pages: 436
Category: Humanities
Subategory: Other

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Rating: 4.4
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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

Joseph Conrad, or Jozef Teodor Korzeniowski, was granted English citizenship in 1886 after he sought asylum. The Secret Agent is indeed a gripping and interesting read. In this world of modern day spying, Joseph Conrad's spy story, The Secret Agent, is very pertinent.

Joseph Conrad, or Jozef Teodor Korzeniowski, was granted English citizenship in 1886 after he sought asylum. The injustices and atrocities in pre-Revolution Russia had made his family move several times across different countries. His father was imprisoned and the family was later exiled to the bitterly cold Volgoda in Northern Russia.

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The Secret Agent book. Joseph Conrad is one of those authors and he is on a short list of talented creators who seem to have two fingers on the pulse of primordial man as he still lives and breathes beneath the surface composure of his civilized evolution. For Conrad, the ability to strip off the etiquette, culture, and social mores of western thought is as eventful as watching sun bathers lose their clothing on the I have only run across a few writers who can adeptly and accurately plumb the depths of the human soul.

The Secret Agent" is a a story set earlier (1886) telling an allegory of terrorists and anarchists based in Edwardian England.

Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). 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.

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.

The Secret Agent is Conrad's dark, and darkly comic story of a band of spies, anarchists, agents-provocateurs plotting and counter-plotting in the back streets of London in the early 20th Century. The novel centers on Verloc, a shop-owner, phony-anarchist and double-agent, who becomes embroiled in an ambitious terrorist plan to bomb the Greenwich Observatory. Summary by Hugh McGuire).

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Conrad's novel "The Secret Agent" is a gripping espionage thriller revolving around the anarchists and secret agents of late 19th-century England. The protagonist, Mr. Verloc, is an employer of foreign embassy in London who gets involved in a terrorist plot that ultimately leads to disaster. The novel has several interesting twists and turns which make it captivating and worth reading.

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Comments:
Lesesshe
This was my first Conrad novel. Somehow, I never had to read Heart of Darkness in high school, and now I know that I should thank some god of literature for that. The Secret Agent is not a bad book, but it’s certainly not my taste. The novel has a solid plot and characters. As I expected from a 1907 novel, there was a hefty amount of misogyny and racism in the novel. Time and time again, the characters remind you that women are not to be trusted and likely to be illogical harpies, and that it’s not a good sign if you have the “nose of a negro.”

The main female character in the book is Winnie, who is the wife of Verloc. She seems a bit of a jerk throughout most of the book. But after the climax, I came to like her quite a bit, even if Conrad was sure to make her more hysterical than she ought to be.

There’s nothing really spectacular about this novel. While it goes more in-depth regarding the motivations and plotting of the characters than I suspect other spy novels do, I never actually found myself caring for more than one, maybe two, and that is the heart of a novel for me. If I can’t care about your characters, I can’t care about your novel. And I did not care about the characters of The Secret Agent.

I really don’t have much else to say. Perhaps readers looking for an older and more global espionage novel would enjoy this, but it was not for me.

Tansino
In my desultory detour through Modern Library's list of the 20th Century's best novels, Conrad's 'The Secret Agent' is the fourth I've recently finished of the many I still have left. As a literary titan, Conrad's rather tardy - 'The Secret Agent' is his first appearance at #46, ahead of his other three (Nostromo, 47, Heart of Darkness, 67, and Lord Jim, 85). Placing 'The Secret Agent' ahead of 'Heart of Darkness' (the only other Conrad I've read) seems to call into question at least the list order - maybe even the list itself.

'The Secret Agent' is the story of Mr. Verloc (initially at least), an agent provocateur working for the Russian Ambassador, who funnels information to the embassy concerning the plots and plans of the various groups of revolutionaries, anarchists, and exiled dissidents hiding in the limited sanctuary of the London slums. This agent, Mr. Verloc, also works for the local police, reporting the anarchists' movements - and so is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when the ambassador, to galvanize the British Government into clamping down on these groups, specifically assigns Verloc, in the guise of the anarchists, to bomb the Greenwich Observatory.

The problem with 'The Secret Agent' is that I simply never cared for the principal actors. It's as if Conrad wanted to keep the reader at a distance, looking at events from a vantage point far above the stage. At this remove, it doesn't matter how artfully constructed the novel is, the novel's last act of 'madness and despair' has all the emotional impact of the impersonal newspaper column it appears in.

Another hurdle was Conrad's dense meandering style, in which he rarely comes right out and says anything directly, but instead circles around it for an entire paragraph. This may have contributed to my disaffection from his characters, as the mental gymnastics needed to translate the author's prose sapped the energy I would otherwise have had for the visceral reaction to their movements. Conrad considered Dickens to be a master, and I can recognize many of that writer's stylistic tendencies in 'The Secret Agent', but where I could get into Dickens' rhythm within a few pages, I was only able to do that sporadically with 'The Secret Agent'.

The reason for the four star rating is that, even with the emotional distance, Conrad seems prescient as he identifies the first few threads that unravel the 20th century. This isn't done by prediction, but as a study on extremist behavior and ideas that motivated individuals (and collectively in nations) toward destruction as a necessary evil in order to create a new order. That he saw these tendencies clearly in 1907 shows a remarkable insight into the power behind these new theories and their sway over human nature. Remarkable - but unfortunately antiseptic and detached at the same time.

Although I've been impressed with Barnes and Noble's classic editions in the past, I think that this time there was a lack of editorial oversight. Two different notations dot the text - asterisks after a phrase denoting an explanation below, or a superscript numeral indicating an endnote. I thought both interrupted the stream of the narrative too much for too little value, and the criteria to decide what needed explanation was suspect. Do we really have to be told that a scullery is a kitchen, a cravat is neckwear, or that ergo is Latin for therefore?

On top of that, if Conrad's prose is sometimes murky and convoluted, then that of Steven Marcus, who wrote this edition's 92 page introduction, is positively turgid. I saved it for after I had finished the story proper, and actually looked forward to his critical analysis, but after four pages, Mr. Marcus manages to shoehorn in the phrase 'messianic conventicles' while making a comparison to the clandestine meetings of the anarchists, and I lost my enthusiasm.

Otherwise, this edition is sturdy and inexpensive, and if all you are looking for is the text, then it should be fine. Students may want to look elsewhere.

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