By Joseph Conrad
Almayer's Folly, Joseph Conrad's first novel, is a story of private tragedy in addition to a broader meditation at the evils of colonialism.
Set within the lush jungle of Borneo within the past due 1800s, it tells of the Dutch service provider Kaspar Almayer, whose desires of riches for his loved daughter, Nina, cave in less than the load of his personal greed and prejudice.
Nadine Gordimer writes in her advent, "Conrad's writing is lifelong questioning... What was once 'Almayer's Folly'? The pretentious apartment by no means lived in? His obsession with gold? His obsessive love for his daughter, whose progenitors, the Malay race, he despised? All three?"
Conrad validated in Almayer's Folly the topics of betrayal, isolation, and colonialism that he might discover in the course of the remainder of his existence and paintings.
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