The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

by Joseph Conrad

The Floating Press | January 1, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is an example of Conrad's later political writing, which moved away from his earlier, seafaring tales. The spy Mr. Verloc moves through London where he encounters anarchism, terrorism and revolutionary groups. Conrad also deals with the notion of exploitation. The novel's treatment of terrorism caused it to be one of the three most cited works of literature in the American media post Spetember 11, 2001.

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Published: January 1, 2009

Publisher: The Floating Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1775412210

ISBN - 13: 9781775412212

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Date published: 2010-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Conrad's secret society I must say when I first heard of The Secret Agent, I didn't exactly expect this sort of novel from Conrad. My other encounters with one of the 20th century's greatest writers - Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness - were sea-faring novels, a far cry from this novel of political subterfuges, domestic strife, and English society. The Secret Agent is a very dark London novel, where Adolph Verloc runs a seedy Soho pornography shop which serves as his "ostensible business," with his real business being a secret agent for a mysterious foreign power - most likely Russia. When Verloc is forced to bomb the Greenwich Observatory, which will look like an anarchist terrorist attack, Verloc becomes extremely troubled and the implications will ultimately destroy his quaint domestic life. An interesting novel with a great, heart-breaking plot, plus an excellent twist. My favourite Conrad thus far.
Date published: 2010-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy it The story and concept I did find intriguing but the progression of it all was tedious to follow. Conrad did state that he wrote the book impulsively in the author's preface and it is pretty evident as you read along. The only character that aroused my interest in the book was the Professor and he was seldom mentioned. The highfalutin english didn't really bother me; it was the feeling of indifference to the entire story that disappointed me.
Date published: 2008-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... If you've never read conrad before, read this. Most of his other books are about sailing, and the sea, but this one is about terrorism, and is very well done. It's the story of a man, his wife and her younger brother. It's also a tale of a terrorism, murder, betrayal, and utter desolation. Please, for the good of humanity, read this book. The english is rather high-brow, but all and all it is absolutely amazing.
Date published: 1999-06-22

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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

by Joseph Conrad

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: January 1, 2009

Publisher: The Floating Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1775412210

ISBN - 13: 9781775412212

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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is an example of Conrad's later political writing, which moved away from his earlier, seafaring tales. The spy Mr. Verloc moves through London where he encounters anarchism, terrorism and revolutionary groups. Conrad also deals with the notion of exploitation. The novel's treatment of terrorism caused it to be one of the three most cited works of literature in the American media post Spetember 11, 2001.