Read by David Horovitch
An unsettling tale of plague, drift and terror, The Shadow-Line documents a young seaman’s coming of age after he is recruited to captain a ship for the first time. Bad luck and disease haunt the inexperienced hero and his crew, and the evil legacy of the previous captain overshadows them with a feeling of supernatural menace. Against all odds, the young captain must get his crew through the Gulf of Siam to safety in Singapore, before they succumb to malaria and the curse of his mad predecessor. Written in 1915 and based on Conrad’s own experiences 27 years earlier, The Shadow-Line is a gripping take on the lines between youth and maturity, sanity and madness.
Running Time: 4 h 53 m
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Digital ISBN: 978-1-78198-431-4 Cat. no.: NA0566 Produced by: John Foley Edited by: Timothy Brown BISAC: FIC004000 BIC: FC Released: February 23
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David Horovitch’s gifted performance lifts Joseph Conrad’s slight novel from a minor work to a genuine pleasure. Conrad tells how a first sea command plagued by malaria, dead calms, and the malice of a dead former captain takes the new captain past the shadow-line from youth to maturity. The book lacks much incident, and repeated mentions strain the title metaphor, but listening to Horovitch’s fine slightly hoarse voice, varied by accent and expression for the various characters, is its own pleasure. He brings to bear an unfailing sensitivity, giving each line its proper delivery and emotional weight. The intelligence, deftness, and sheer interest of his acting make this audio version – even with the book’s stylistic doldrums – something to relish and admire.