Friday, February 07, 2003
I’m currently reading “Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad. Or trying to, anyway - I’ve been stuck on the first 100 pages for about a week or so. A lot of people criticize Conrad for the glacial pace of his plotting, and while I’d differ about “Heart of Darkness” (my favorite novel of all time, and still gripping for me after several reads), I’d have to concede the point on this one. There’s way too much exposition and unnecessary detail about late 19th century nautical practices. Skip the Jack London shit and get on with the man-in-conflict-with-his-own-primal-nature action, already.