Almost one hundred years later, Gavin Young visited the same places as Conrad.
Almost one hundred years later, Gavin Young visited the same places as Conrad. He tracked down the remaining traces of the people who became the inspiration for Conrad's protagonists in his novels. Young visited Jakarta, Borneo and Celebes Island in Indonesia, traveled on a cargo-ship from Singapore to Bangkok, and saw both cities with the eyes of Conrad.
Young spent two years with the Ralli Brothers shipping company in Basra in Iraq before living with the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. He fashioned his experiences into a book, Return to the Marshes (1977). In 1960, from Tunis, he joined The Observer of London as a foreign correspondent, and was the Observer's correspondent in Paris and New York. From Sea to Shining Sea: Present-day Journey into America's Past, 1996.
1994, William Dalrymple, City of Djinns. 1993, Nick Cohn, The Heart of the World. 1992, Norman Lewis, A Goddess in the Stones: Travels in India. 1991, co-winners: Jonathan Raban, Hunting Mister Heartbreak: A Discovery of America. 1990, Mark Hudson, Our Grandmothers’ Drums. 1989, Paul Theroux, Riding the Iron Rooster. 1988, Colin Thubron, Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China. 1986/87, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods & the Water
This is Gavin Young’s homage to Joseph Conrad.
Gavin Young continues his life-long fascination with travel and. This is Gavin Young’s homage to Joseph Conrad. Youngs travels throughout south east Asia are peppered with references to characters from Conrad’s works and the historical personages who inspired them. I forget what Conrad I have read over the years, as these novels and stories tend to blend into each other. A knowledge of some Conrad would be helpful and make the Travel book or literary criticism?
Gavin Young has managed to write something rare in recent literature - a happy book about the Third World which also has the ring of truth
Part-mariner's log and part-detective story, brilliantly evokes the Far Eastern landscapes fixed forever in our imaginations by Conrad's novels. But above all Young makes us realize that the world Conrad described nearly a century ago is still there. the most pleasurable and exciting book I have read this year. Gavin Young has managed to write something rare in recent literature - a happy book about the Third World which also has the ring of truth. Jonathan Raban, Independent on Sunday.
Free books to read or listen online in a convenient form, a large collection, the best authors and series. It was the legendary traveller Wilfred Thesiger who first introduced Gavin Young to the Marshes of Iraq. Since then Young has been entranced by both the beauty of the Marshes and by the Marsh Arabs who inhabit them, a people whose lifestyle is almost unchanged from that of their predecessors, the Ancient Sumerians.
I disagree on only one point: perhaps my ability to absorb new information is above average, but I read this book before I ever visited South East Asia and loved it all the same. I bought it now again for the pleasure of simply owning it and reading in it from time to time.
His father, Gavin Young, was a lieutenant colonel in the Welsh Guards. Daphne, his mother, was the daughter of Sir Charles Leolin Forestier-Walker, Bt, of Monmouthshire. Young spent most of his youth in Cornwall and South Wales Young spent two years with the Ralli Brothers shipping company in Basra in Iraq before living with the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Gavin Young continues his life-long fascination with travel and his love of the sea in this magical evocation of the world of Joseph Conrad.
Author: Gavin Young
Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (October 29, 1992)
Pages: 320 pages
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