In one sense, The Rescue is a deceitful story. On the surface, it is an adventure, which is what many of Conrad's stories were. But it is an adventure of the sea that has a romance woven into it, and fueling its plot: the relationship between Lingard and Mrs. Travers (Edith).So it is a romance within an adventure. But it is also a reflection on the shoddy business of colonialism and its impact. In that sense, the story is an obfuscated one: It is three kinds of story at once, all interconnected and informing one another.
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About the Author
Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) was fluent from birth in French as well as his native Polish. He learned his third language, English, as an adult, and it was in English that he wrote his evocative stories and novels. Conrad drew upon his experiences in the British and French navies to portray the struggles of humanity amid the world's vast indifference.
Date of Birth:December 3, 1857
Date of Death:August 3, 1924
Place of Birth:Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
Place of Death:Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Education:Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France
Table of Contents
Part I. The Man in the Brig
Part II. The Shore of Refuge
Part III. The Capture
Part IV. The Gift of the Shallows
Part V. The Point of Honour and the Point of Passion
Part VI. The Claim of Life and the Toll of Death