“The Secret Sharer and Other Stories” is a collection of seafaring tales by famed author Joseph Conrad. In “The Secret Sharer”, a nameless captain discovers a stow-away clinging to the side of his ship and secretly brings him aboard and harbors him in his cabin. In “Typhoon”, the main character, Captain MacWhirr, decides to sail his vessel through a typhoon in the South Pacific. His bold action, at first to the protest of his crew, later earns him their admiration and respect. In “The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’” we have the tale of James Wait, a dying West Indian black sailor whose condition seems to parallel the fate of the merchant ship ‘Narcissus’, of which he is a member of the crew. “Youth” is the semi-autobiographical story of the first voyage of Charles Marlow, the narrator of Conrad’s most famous novel “Heart of Darkness”. This quest tale finds the youthful Marlow’s nerve, strength, and patience all tested on his journey to becoming a man. A shining example of Conrad’s later literary ability, “The Shadow-Line” is his 1915 novella of a young man in his first command as a sea captain. It is a suspenseful story of a defining moment of a young life, when the indistinct line separating an inexperienced boy from a mature man becomes perfectly clear. These exhilarating nautical tales by a master storyteller portray intense trials of human spirit and the powerful demands of duty and honor. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
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About the Author
Joseph Conrad's major works (all published by Penguin Classics) include Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, Lord Jim,Under Western Eyes, The Secret Agent and Typhoon.
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
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The Secret Sharer and Other Stories (Youth, Typhoon, The Secret Sharer) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A short story by Conrad. Since it¿s Conrad, naturally takes place on a ship. Still, a lot of interesting things going on. Outwardly, it¿s the story of a young captain leading a ship of strangers, unsure in his command. On watch one night, he sees something odd ¿ a man in the water. The captain pulls him up and learns his story ¿ in command of another ship, but was put in the brig for killing an insubordinate man during a storm. They have an instant connection ¿ both alienated from crew, ship their responsibility, even went to the same school back in Britain. The narrator agrees to hide him in his cabin. Because of their similiarities (the fugitive even look similar wearing his clothes) he refers to his as his double. Soon after, the double¿s crew comes on board looking for him but the narrator¿s indifference and confidence trick them. The double is his secret sharer in all things ¿ room, clothes, food. However, the captain is paranoid with the thought that his own crew will discover the man. Although the story is about a fugitive and his attempt to hide on the narrator¿s ship, the deeper meaning involves the narrator¿s fear over his role as the captain. With the double representing fear, it moves from the initial ship ¿ during a storm ¿ over to the narrator¿s ship. His double inspires paranoia in the captain and nervousness among the crew members from the other ship when they board. When the double leaves the ship, he is able to confidently steer it away from disaster.