The Rover

The Rover

by Joseph Conrad

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Overview

It is the age of Napoleon. France and England are at war, and Peyrol, a retired naval gunner living in the countryside beyond Toulon, distrusts all landsmen and their slogans.

He even distrusts Eugene Real, a naval lieutenant who frequently stays at the inn where Peyrol lodges. But he correctly assesses Real's usefulness to a plan he devises to mislead the English about French intentions.

Peyrol's plot succeeds brilliantly. It even fools the great Admiral Nelson, no mean judge of a ruse. But Peyrol, alas, loses his life and we feel, as we finish this book, such is the author's grip on us, that we have just parted for the last time from a dear friend and companion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781724902702
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Alexandre Fachard, Chargé d'enseignement suppléant at the Université de Genève, teaches English literature. He has edited Within the Tides (2012) and co-edited Victory (2016) for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad, and has written and reviewed for The Conradian, The Yearbook of Conrad Studies, Variants, The Literary Encyclopedia, American Studies Journal, the Journal of American Studies, Translation and Literature and Cahiers édouardiens et victoriens.

J. H. Stape was a Senior Research Fellow at St Mary's University College, London and taught at universities in England, Canada, France and the Far East. The author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (2007) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge, 1996) and The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge, 2015), he edited and co-edited several volumes in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad, of which he was co-General Editor from 2008 to 2015. He also published on E. M. Forster, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Frank Harris, Angus Wilson and Virginia Woolf.

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

List of illustrations; General Editors' Preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Abbreviations and Note on Editions; Introduction; The Rover; The texts: an essay; Apparatus; Textual notes; Appendices; Explanatory notes; Glossaries; Maps.

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The Rover 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intrigue, suspense, historical context, touch of romance, great characters, great writing.
Toros More than 1 year ago
Perhaps I am overly sentimental, but I still count Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities as one of the finest novels ever written. I cannot help but be touched by the unexpected magnanimity of Sydney Carton, a selfish barrister from England whose life has been misspent, surrendering his very life in place of a man sentenced to death in revolutionary France. A man he has no cause to love, yet who bears a physical resemblance to him. And who is the object of love of a woman to whom Carton has secretly given his heart. What little of it he has left. Who wouldn't be at least a little moved by such a noble act? It has been some years since I last read this wonderful novel from Dickens. And yet I can't help but feel I have revisited it as I have read Joseph Conrad's The Rover. The setting is nearly the same-revolutionary France, although distant from the madness of Paris. Still, one character, Scevola, has brought that madness with him to a small village beyond Toulon. And to this village comes Peyrol, an old seaman, gunner of the French navy, and a pirate with a shady past. Conrad's Carton, in other words. Not a man to be admired or trusted, and keen on keeping a low profile, on not getting involved, and on steering clear of French authorities. Yet the authorities come to him nonetheless in the form of the young, solitary Lieutenant Real, whose own intentions are not quite clear, but who seems intent on remaining near Peyrol. As the novel progresses, the thoughts of these characters carry the reader back and forth through time, yet most of what transpires does so in the space of two days time. During which all three of these men are found to be attached, more or less intimately, with the same young woman, whose own past is awash with the violence and blood of the revolution that claimed her parents. It is his love for this woman that will eventually force Peyrol to come to his own decision about just how uninvolved he can remain. This was Conrad's last novel, and there is a sentimentality to all of this, of course, quite distinct from Conrad's earlier works. There is in this last work an effort to peer into the darkness of the human soul, which is so masterfully depicted in The Heart of Darkness. But there is also a touch of romance that I was not expecting to find in a novel by Joseph Conrad. In any case, it is well worth reading.
GeorgeEllington More than 1 year ago
Perhaps I am overly sentimental, but I still count Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities as one of the finest novels ever written. I cannot help but be touched by the unexpected magnanimity of Sydney Carton, a selfish barrister from England whose life has been misspent, surrendering his very life in place of a man sentenced to death in revolutionary France. A man he has no cause to love, yet who bears a physical resemblance to him. And who is the object of love of a woman to whom Carton has secretly given his heart. What little of it he has left. Who wouldn't be at least a little moved by such a noble act? It has been some years since I last read this wonderful novel from Dickens. And yet I can't help but feel I have revisited it as I have read Joseph Conrad's The Rover. The setting is nearly the same-revolutionary France, although distant from the madness of Paris. Still, one character, Scevola, has brought that madness with him to a small village beyond Toulon. And to this village comes Peyrol, an old seaman, gunner of the French navy, and a pirate with a shady past. Conrad's Carton, in other words. Not a man to be admired or trusted, and keen on keeping a low profile, on not getting involved, and on steering clear of French authorities. Yet the authorities come to him nonetheless in the form of the young, solitary Lieutenant Real, whose own intentions are not quite clear, but who seems intent on remaining near Peyrol. As the novel progresses, the thoughts of these characters carry the reader back and forth through time, yet most of what transpires does so in the space of two days time. During which all three of these men are found to be attached, more or less intimately, with the same young woman, whose own past is awash with the violence and blood of the revolution that claimed her parents. It is his love for this woman that will eventually force Peyrol to come to his own decision about just how uninvolved he can remain. This was Conrad's last novel, and there is a sentimentality to all of this, of course, quite distinct from Conrad's earlier works. There is in this last work an effort to peer into the darkness of the human soul, which is so masterfully depicted in The Heart of Darkness. But there is also a touch of romance that I was not expecting to find in a novel by Joseph Conrad. In any case, it is well worth reading.