La linea d'ombra: Una confessione

La linea d ombra Una confessione Written in The Shadow Line is based upon events and experiences from twenty seven years earlier to which Conrad returned obsessively in his fiction A young sea captain s first command brings wit

  • Title: La linea d'ombra: Una confessione
  • Author: Joseph Conrad Gianni Celati
  • ISBN: 9788481304770
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Written in 1915, The Shadow Line is based upon events and experiences from twenty seven years earlier to which Conrad returned obsessively in his fiction A young sea captain s first command brings with it a succession of crises his sea is becalmed, the crew laid low by fever, and his deranged first mate is convinced that the ship is haunted by the malignant spirit of a pWritten in 1915, The Shadow Line is based upon events and experiences from twenty seven years earlier to which Conrad returned obsessively in his fiction A young sea captain s first command brings with it a succession of crises his sea is becalmed, the crew laid low by fever, and his deranged first mate is convinced that the ship is haunted by the malignant spirit of a previous captain This is indeed a work full of sudden passions, in which Conrad is able to show how the full intensity of existence can be experienced by the man who, in the words of the older Captain Giles, is prepared to stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience A subtle and penetrating analysis of the nature of manhood, The Shadow Line investigates varieties of masculinity and desire in a subtext that counters the tale s seemingly conventional surface.

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    1. "a man should stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience and all that sort of thing Why--what else would you have to fight against?"-- Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-LineOne of Conrad's later novels. This one was published in 1917. The story is pretty straight forward, the plot direct. It isn't an elaborate story, but one that explores that moment, that shadow-line between youth and adulthood. The basic story involves a young officer, suddenly thrust into command. During his first v [...]

    2. Libro letto nel lontano 2007. Ma lo ricordo ancora come fosse ieri, perché capita di trovarsi, come il protagonista, in una bonaccia senza vento, un limbo che non porta da nessuna parte e tutte le rotte che hai tracciato sembrano solo linee inutili su una carta senza senso.Conrad è un bastardo così. Pensi di leggere un libro di avventure, di viaggi per mare, e invece il viaggio è quello dentro l’anima. Fino alla paura di non potercela fare, quella del dubbio su sé stessi nel momento in cu [...]

    3. [La linea d'ombra è quanto di più lontano da un libro basato su colpi di scena e sorprese della trama; ma segnalo comunque che commentando farò riferimenti precisi a nomi e avvenimenti]La prima forte impressione - per una lettura che, nella mia piccola tradizione personale di leggere sempre qualcosa di Conrad ogni agosto davanti al mare, viene dopo Nostromo e Lord Jim - è di una estrema semplicità narrativa.In effetti questo è tutto un racconto filato, in prima persona (se vogliamo colloca [...]

    4. THE SHADOW LINE: A CONFESSIONThe novella opens up with a young narrator, who actually does a pretty good of explaining the novel’s title (the shadow line) in the first paragraph: " Only the young have such moments. I don’t mean the very young. No. The very young have, properly speaking, no moments. It is the privilege of early youth to live in advance of its days in all the beautiful continuity of hope which knows no pauses and no introspection.One closes behind one the little gate of mere b [...]

    5. The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad describes that demarcation line in the journey of life that divides the happy, bright, fantastic and irresponsible youth with the darker ages of manhood. Conrad goes on to delineate this vision as being beyond the “charm and innocence of illusions”. The Shadow-Line is one of his most accomplished nautical tales and stands close to Typhoon and Youth as almost entirely about the sea and man’s relationship to a vessel. Whereas Youth was of a young man’s firs [...]

    6. Ognuno di noi l'ha scortaLa linea d'ombra è, con Cuore di tenebra, il più noto e il più acclamato romanzo di Conrad.Si tratta in effetti di un testo che in poco più di 120 pagine (in questa edizione) presenta una varietà ed una stratificazione tematica straordinarie. A partire dal titolo, scelto non a caso da Conrad dopo avere scartato l'iniziale Primo comando, sono molti gli interrogativi che ci pone questo libro.Cosa è la Linea d'ombra? La risposta immediata, ma non la più scontata, ce [...]

    7. This novella, told in the first person by a young Englishman who is unnamed, is set, as are so many of Conrad’s stories, in a seaport in the Far East. The narrator has suddenly resigned a comfortable position as mate on a ship, apparently resigning what he acknowledges is a good position in a fit of vague malaise, a sense of inexplicable dissatisfaction, intending to book passage home to England. Abruptly, the position of master of another ship becomes available and is offered to him, and just [...]

    8. Free download available at Project Gutenberg."Worthy of my undying regard"To Borys And All Others Who,Like Himself, Have Crossed In Early YouthThe Shadow-Line Of Their Generation With Love—D'autre fois, calme plat, grand miroir De mon desespoir. —BAUDELAIRE2* Amy Foster2* The Secret Agent3* Heart of Darkness3* The Secret Sharer3* The Lagoon4* Lord Jim4* Victory3* The Shadow-LineTR NostromoTR An Outcast of the IslandsTR The IdiotsAbout Joseph Conrad:Joseph Conrad by Hugh WalpoleThe English No [...]

    9. Joseph Conrad pens this fictionalized autobiography, which, for the most part is going to be difficult if not impossible to describe. Were I able to tell you, however, you would have the sense of it in the same way that you experience a fly buzzing the ether unseen. Enthralled within the movement of words, with eyes not wanting to leave the page, you will hear the story – whispering from behind the shadow line of it’s exquisite prose.Every page a gift.This book is about a young captain who i [...]

    10. Middling Conrad is still leagues ahead of most everything else. He sticks to the autobiographical script, probably to the story's detriment: it could have used a bit of embroidery. As it is, we, like the narrator, wait for the thunder and fear the lightning but get precious little of either. Had Conrad the energy to develop more of the crew as characters, there might have been more (or more complex) dramatic tension; but perhaps that would have been a misstep, too: this is, after all, a tale abo [...]

    11. (It's tough to rate books like these. For writing skill, I'd easily give this 5* - Joseph Conrad is a master of his craft, and his grasp both of the seafaring life itself and also of human nature is unsurpassed (in my opinion) by any other writer. But for sheer enjoyment - 3*. Not every great book draws me in - does that make sense? I find it very tricky to rate because of this, and have often given a lesser novel a higher rating because I just flat out enjoyed it, when a really excellent book g [...]

    12. ناخدای رمان «مرز سایه»‌ در شرایطی کاملا خوب،‌ دل از کار و همکارانش و زندگی اجتماعی می‌کند، و گوشه انزوا برمی‌گزیند، و تا مرز فروپاشی عصبی و فروافتادن به دل سایه‌ها پیش می‌رود، اما به ترغیب دوستی دنیادیده، کار جدیدی برمی‌گزیند تا از دل تیرگی مرگ خارج شود. در بخشی از رمان «م [...]

    13. "E d'improvviso il buio divenne acqua"Il racconto, in parte autobiografico, narra della prima esperienza come capitano di un giovane uomo e delle responsabilità che lui deve affrontare, diventando uomo e abbandonando la giovinezza e la spensieratezza che la accompagna. Il protagonista deve affrontare contemporaneamente due grossi problemi: una bonaccia che blocca la nave in mare, lontano da rotte battute e senza l'ausilio del motore, e una epidemia di febbre tropicale a cui non può porre rimed [...]

    14. Un bel racconto di avventura, passione e amicizia; ma anche un viaggio introspettivo alla scoperta dei valori e delle debolezze degli esseri umani, che ad un certo punto si trovano a dover varcare linea d'ombra.

    15. Un giovane marinaio si congeda dalla sua nave senza ragioni ben precise, se non per un confuso e contraddittorio desiderio di novità. Sceso a terra in un afoso porto orientale, riceve in una strana maniera il comando (il primo comando della sua carriera) d'una nave rimasta senza capitano, morto durante il precedente viaggio. Accetta e salpa, non sapendo che il viaggio sarà un calvario e rappresenterà la più dura delle prove.La linea d'ombra a cui fa riferimento il titolo, lo afferma Conrad s [...]

    16. Πρώτα από όλα να πω ότι αν η γραφή του Conrad δεν ήταν τόσο καλή δεν θα διάβαζα ποτέ ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο. Πρώτη μου επαφή με τον συγγραφέα και το θέμα του βιβλίου για μένα αδιάφορο. Περιγράφει την ιστορία ενός νεαρού ναυτικού που ενώ παρατά την εύκολη δουλειά του ως δεύτερος ναυτι [...]

    17. The Shadow-Line is another one of Conrad’s stories that deals with a hero who is faced by a problem that comes from an unexpected source, and for which he is unprepared. On this occasion, the menace comes not from a storm or an accident or a mutinous crew, but from the very calmness of the sea itself.It seems hard to imagine in our day, but there was a time when a calm ocean was almost as much to be dreaded by sailors as a tempest. When Mendelssohn wrote his overture ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous [...]

    18. Joseph Conrad ‘The Shadow Line, a Confession’“Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning.” Anton ChekhovIn the years when Joseph Conrad wrote (1915) and published (1917) his short novel Shadow Line, A Confession, London was the capital of the world, as later Paris and now New York and perhaps in a few years Shanghai will be. Artist and writers from all over the world gathered in London in those years, as did a constant stream of refuges mainly from Eastern Europe, among t [...]

    19. I picked up this book much too casually and without any forethought, and because of this, didn’t give to the book the time and energy that it deserved. This is one of Conrad’s later stories, and happens to have a lot of autobiographical elements, in that it focuses on a young man who gets a commission to lead a ship into the Orient. Conrad’s first command was to sail a ship called the Otago from Singapore into Bangkok. Despite the death of the previous captain and the less-than-auspicious [...]

    20. Conrad cerca di raccontare attraverso una propria esperienza il passaggio dall'adolescenza alla vita adulta, l'attraversamento della linea d'ombra. Il protagonista, un giovane a cui viene affidato un veliero da condurre al porto più vicino, perderà in fretta l'entusiasmo per l'incarico affidatogli per l'insorgere di un problema totalmente ignorato dal giovane, la mancanza di vento. La bonaccia susciterà nel giovane un crescendo di agitazione e angoscia e avrà conseguenze sull'intera storia. [...]

    21. No reason not to love Joseph Conrad. This brief bildungsroman (5 cents, cha-ching!), supposedly autobiographical, tells the story of a young captain whose first command is a boat of deathly malarial sailors, caught in the doldrums and short on quinine. It's gripping, chilling, etc. No one writes about sick men on boats (set adrift in all sorts of ways) like JC. I suppose now I should read Nostromo and Lord Jim.Jeff A. gave me this paperbook, a Vintage reissue snagged from work. Thanks, dude. Wan [...]

    22. "a man should stand up to his bad luck, to his mistakes, to his conscience, and all that sort of thing. Why- what else would you have to fight against?"On the surface this work tells a decent story with a non-preachy didactic feel. It is about a struggle for survival not by an independently strong and able hero, but a hero that uses his strength and abilities together with his crew to overcome their difficulties. This may seem formulaic but Conrad creates this world and meaning without seeming s [...]

    23. Non avrei detto potesse coinvolgermi una storia di marinai e di navigazione. Invece sono rimasta avvinta dall’atmosfera sospesa, inquietante della storia, dal suo protagonista giovane e non più giovane, che attraversa la linea d’ombra confrontandosi con la paura, con la responsabilità, con l’azzardo delle scelte, con il peso del destino, con l’imprevedibile, con il dover di rimanere nella propria vita, come un soldato in guerra, nonostante tutto. Il libro è scritto benissimo, è di gr [...]

    24. Here is some fantastic writing. Conrad breaks all the rules. He takes forever to get to the point. He foreshadows one thing and then goes somewhere else. He builds up one character then discards him and then brings a minor one out of the shadows. He delighted me with his circuitous prose, his numerous digressions, and his over use of the word "sagacity". I give it 4 stars but if you give it 2 because you found it pointless and frustrating, I would understand.

    25. Ah, the satisfaction of the short novel. Clocking in 132 pages, I was able to move swiftly through The Shadow-Line, which gave the narrative something of the sense of a deep inhale.Among the overused tropes in book reviews--from 'Dickensian' to 'limn' to 'poignant'--count in the phrase 'deceptively simple.' And yet, much to my personal consternation, that's the phrase I want to pull here about Conrad's book. Because, dammit, it is deceptively simple.In first-person retrospective prose marked by [...]

    26. Racconto avventuroso che narra la vicenda di un giovane marinaio che, sbarcato, senza alcuna ragione apparente, da una nave sulla quale svolgeva le proprie mansione con l'apprezzamento del Comandante chiede di essere liquidato con l'intento di tornarsene a casa. Visto però che raramente le cose vanno come uno se le pianifica nella mente, il giovane marinaio viene ben presto a trovarsi di nuovo per mare e non come semplice marinaio stavolta bensì investito della responsabilità del comando di u [...]

    27. Titles are significant with Conrad. Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Nigger of the Narcissus and Other Stories are in themselves great titles, but the secret sharer sauce is the weight of their words to the stories themselves - the irony of "Lord" Jim, the symbolism of the heart of the "Darkness", the mirror of the "Narcissus". So what is the "Confession" in "The Shadow-Line: A Confession"?The story itself doesn't show anything that needs a confession. For once Conrad uses a straight first perso [...]

    28. “La linea d’ombra” è un racconto lungo stupendo scritto da Joseph Conrad. Il titolo, come spiegato in maniera superba nell’incipit, allude al momento della vita in cui si passa dalla giovinezza alla consapevolezza della maturità; è questa linea d’ombra che il protagonista sorpassa quando, spinto da un senso di insoddisfazione, ribellione, cambiamento, si trova a dare una svolta alla sua vita ed accettare per la prima volta l’incarico di capitano di una nave. Il racconto segue i mo [...]

    29. Conrad starts by portraying thoughts between the time of "boyishness" and entering "the enchanted garden" of adulthood, where every turn of the path has its delightful seduction. And time does on "till one perceives ahead a shadow-line warning one that the region of early youth, too must be left behind."The young sailor signed on the steamer "Melita" leaving London for Bangkok that evening. And once in an exotic Malay port, he is given task of being the replacement Captain of a fine-looking sail [...]

    30. The Shadow-Line is a Conradian tale of mishaps and trials at sea graced with his usual stunning descriptions of the wastes of time and water but most valuable for an exceptionally acute portrait of a man clumsily approaching maturity while unhappily being forced to eat the bitter meal of his ambitions.Our narrator calls his account a confession. So it is. The novella opens with him leaving one ship because he's somehow lost his spirit and interest in things. Then he's given a chance to move from [...]

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