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He is Attwater, the most villainous villain you are likely to meet this side of Kurtz I am not alone in thinking Joseph Conrad may owe the older and, at that time, more successful Stevenson something of a debt for Heart of Darkness. Attwater has combined missionary zeal with ruthless efficiency in running a pearl fishery, and 29 of his 32 slaves have recently died of smallpox. The dinner to which he invites his three guests is a masterpiece of suspense, over which he presides with veiled menace.
Herrick, the Hamlet of the piece, paralysed by indecision, listens in silence.
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Yet he succeeds in exploring these dark themes in tales of high drama and suspense, with wicked humour and an infectious open-heartedness towards all his characters. They are exposed, but rarely judged. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
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Told in the unadorned voice of the trader, it is a story that deftly combines the form of the exotic adventure yarn with the moral and psychological questing of great fiction. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers.
In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time. What these singular, distinctive titles celebrate is book-ness.
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