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By Joseph Conrad

Almayer's Folly, Joseph Conrad's first novel, is a story of non-public 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 goals of riches for his liked daughter, Nina, cave in less than the burden of his personal greed and prejudice.

Nadine Gordimer writes in her advent, "Conrad's writing is lifelong questioning... What used to be 'Almayer's Folly'? The pretentious residence 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 demonstrated in Almayer's Folly the subjects of betrayal, isolation, and colonialism that he might discover through the remainder of his lifestyles and paintings.

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