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The Secret Sharer (1910)
de Joseph Conrad
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Un inquietante segreto venuto dal mare smuove la bonaccia che intorpidisce l'equipaggio. E dà avvio a una serie di astuzie con cui il giovane capitano, al suo primo comando, si impegna a dissimulare la presenza sulla nave del fuggiasco Leggatt, proiezione delle sue ansie e del suo senso di colpa. Nel più intenso e suggestivo racconto di mare di Conrad, qui riproposto con l'introduzione di Andrea Zanzotto, l'esotismo di luoghi lontani continua a rappresentare una delle poche vie di fuga da un mondo positivistico privato di illusioni. Ma questo viaggio notturno e misterioso verso la salvezza passa attraverso l'esplorazione delle tenebre dell'animo umano. Solo facendosi sordo testimone del rimosso e dell'inconfessabile, il capitano della nave diverrà capitano di se stesso. ( )
I inherited Conrad's collected works from my grandfather, and this story was included.
I wrote this review for Goodreads's Short Story Club.
I didn’t find the story easily comprehensible and the extensive nautical jargon didn’t improve matters.
It was the narrator’s first position as captain. He was a stranger to the other officers and crew members, a stranger to the ship and “somewhat of a stranger to myself”.
What does he mean by this enigmatic statement - a stranger to himself? I can’t see that he explains it elsewhere in the story, though he may have done.
The captain (what is his name?) rescues a man, Leggatt, from the sea; he had been chief mate in a ship called the Sephora, moored nearby. He had accidentally killed another officer and jumped into the sea to escape eventual prosecution.
The captain sees Leggatt is no homicidal maniac”, believes his story and thus agrees to hide him.
He manges to conceal him in his cabin and gives him a grey “sleeping suit” just like he himself wears.
The captain keeps referring to Leggatt as his double. He feels Leggatt is just like himself.
He and Leggatt are “”the two strangers in the ship”.
Leggatt is the captain’s “other self”. At one point the captain felt “doubly vexed” and “dual more than ever”.
Why is the narrator, the captain, so fixated on regarding Leggatt as his “secret self”, a man similar to himself?
He also comes to doubt whether Leggatt really is there. “Can it be” --- “that he is not visible to other eyes than mine?” “It was like being haunted.”
He feels more comfortable when down below with Leggatt than with any of the others.
He feels he is “near insanity”” whereas Leggatt is sane.
Conrad uses many words to indicate that things are not as they seem, that they are unreal, for example, “phantom” as in “silent like a phantom sea”. My dictionary defines “phantom” as “not really existing”.
Also “dreamy”, as in “a dreamy contemplative appearance”.
It seems as if the captain may have some sort of mental problem and sees himself split into two.
“And it was as if the ship had two captains”. The captain and Leggatt resemble each other and both wear “sleeping suits” which fact gives us the connotation of the whole thing being a dream.
The captain states that part of himself is absent. He refers to “that mental feeling of being in two places at once”.
To the consternation of the other officers, the captain agrees to manoeuvre the ship close to some islands so as to allow Leggatt to leave the ship and be able to survive. Leggatt, the captain’s second self, is “a free man --- striking out for a new destiny”.
At the end there is a reference to “the gateway of Erebus”. According to my dictionary, Erebus is “the gloomy caverns underground through which the Shades had to walk in their passage to Hades”.
To sum up, I will say that it was hard to interpret what Conrad meant to communicate to us by his story.
Was he trying to illuminate some sort of psychological split in the captain? Is the whole experience some sort of dream? Is it significant that we never learn the captain’s name, as though he didn’t really exist?
man hides his double on first ship, takes risks
Killer language. Great storytelling. Could be mistaken for Kafka with some of those descriptions concerning man's consciousness with regards to his surroundings. My second Conrad and I plan to keep going.
O Compartilhador de Segredos é a narrativa na primeira pessoa de um jovem Capitão, que se depara com um homem boiando ao lado de seu navio, chamado Legatt. A história se passa no mar, perto do Golfo do Sião, contada a partir da perspectiva do capitão - que permanece sem nome. Este leva Legatt para bordo, veste-o e esconde-o. Um e outro parecem ser Doppelgängers (duplos), mas a natureza exata da dualidade permanece ambígua no romance - excelente como quase tudo de Conrad.
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A young sea captain tests his mettle off the coast of Siam in this nineteenth-century psychological tale from the author of Heart of Darkness. When his sailing ship is anchored in the Gulf of Siam--now Thailand--a first-time sea captain questions his ability to command. Anxious and eager for his crew to like him, he takes the first shift of the night watch. Alone in the dark, he encounters a mysterious man swimming alongside the vessel. The captain allows him to board and learns that the stranger, Leggatt, was first mate on another ship and he claims to have accidentally murdered a man. Torn between arresting Leggatt for his crime and secretly harboring him in his own cabin, the young captain faces a choice more difficult than any he has ever known. Forced to determine Leggatt's fate, the captain must consider the safety of his crew and the ramifications his decision will have on his own future. As in his classic works Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, author Joseph Conrad crafts a gripping read, endowing a nautical adventure with questions of morality and self-discovery.
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