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The Secret Agent

by Joseph Conrad
Editor 1stWorld Library

1st World Library - Literary Society | June 15, 2007 | Hardcover

The Secret Agent is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
Mr Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in charge of his brother-in-law. It could be done, because there was very little business at any time, and practically none at all before the evening. Mr Verloc cared but little about his ostensible business. And, moreover, his wife was in charge of his brother-in-law. The shop was small, and so was the house. It was one of those grimy brick houses which existed in large quantities before the era of reconstruction dawned upon London. The shop was a square box of a place, with the front glazed in small panes. In the daytime the door remained closed; in the evening it stood discreetly but suspiciously ajar. The window contained photographs of more or less undressed dancing girls; nondescript packages in wrappers like patent medicines; closed yellow paper envelopes, very flimsy, and marked two-and-six in heavy black figures; a few numbers of ancient French comic publications hung across a string as if to dry; a dingy blue china bowl, a casket of black wood, bottles of marking ink, and rubber stamps; a few books, with titles hinting at impropriety; a few apparently old copies of obscure newspapers, badly printed, with titles like The Torch, The Gong-rousing titles. And the two gas jets inside the panes were always turned low, either for economy's sake or for the sake of the customers.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: June 15, 2007

Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1421841916

ISBN - 13: 9781421841915

Found in: Fiction

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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

The Secret Agent

by Joseph Conrad
Editor 1stWorld Library

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: June 15, 2007

Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1421841916

ISBN - 13: 9781421841915

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Mr Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in charge of his brother-in-law. It could be done, because there was very little business at any time, and practically none at all before the evening. Mr Verloc cared but little about his ostensible business. And, moreover, his wife was in charge of his brother-in-law. The shop was small, and so was the house. It was one of those grimy brick houses which existed in large quantities before the era of reconstruction dawned upon London. The shop was a square box of a place, with the front glazed in small panes. In the daytime the door remained closed; in the evening it stood discreetly but suspiciously ajar. The window contained photographs of more or less undressed dancing girls; nondescript packages in wrappers like patent medicines; closed yellow paper envelopes, very flimsy, and marked two-and-six in heavy black figures; a few numbers of ancient French comic publications hung across a string as if to dry; a dingy blue china bowl, a casket of black wood, bottles of marking ink, and rubber stamps; a few books, with titles hinting at impropriety; a few apparently old copies of obscure newspapers, badly printed, with titles like The Torch, The Gong-rousing titles. And the two gas jets inside the panes were always turned low, either for economy's sake or for the sake of the customers.