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Chance : Penguin Classics - Joseph Conrad


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Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780140186543
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"It is a mighty force that of mere chance, absolutely irresistible yet manifesting itself often in delicate forms such for instance as the charm, true or illusory, of a human being"

In Flora de Barral, the slender, dreamy, morbidly charming daughter of a parvenu financier, Conrad creates his most complex heroine and one of his most unrelenting, but not unhopeful, novels of emotional isolation. Neglected by her bankrupt father and rejected by her governess, drifting into abstraction and despair, Flora takes refuge at sea on Captain Anthony's ship, where tragedy and her transformation begin. When published in 1913, Chance was an immediate success. Arnold Bennett wrote that "this is a discouraging book for a writer because he damn well knows he can't write as well as this"; while an anonymous reviewer in Punch declared that "the whole thing is much nearer wizardry than workmanship."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Introductionp. vii
Note on the Textp. xx
Select Bibliographyp. xxiii
A Chronology of Joseph Conradp. xxv
Author's Notep. xxxi
the Damselp. 1
Young Powell and His Chancep. 3
the Fynes and the Girl-Friendp. 35
Thrift--And the Childp. 67
the Governessp. 96
the Tea-Partyp. 134
Florap. 163
on the Pavementp. 196
the Knightp. 255
the Ferndalep. 257
Young Powell Sees and Hearsp. 272
Devoted Servants--And the Light of a Flarep. 296
Anthony and Florap. 325
the Great De Barralp. 349
...a Moonless Night, Thick with Stars Above, Very Dark on the Water*p. 402
p. 448
p. 452
Explanatory Notesp. 457
Glossary of Nautical Termsp. 469
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ISBN: 9780140186543
ISBN-10: 0140186549
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 11.43  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1

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