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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Secret Agent - Summer 2010 - Adventure

Genre # 6 -- Adventure
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
read 6/12/2010 - 6/15/2010

All in all I found this book quite dull. It was full of rambling monologues and political tirades. Most of the action was recounted through dialogue rather than actually happening before the reader's eyes. HOWEVER, chapter 11 redeemed the book, as it is one of the most literarily stunning segments I have ever read. Conrad masterfully creates an atmosphere of suspense through in-depth detail (even so far as to describe sound waves and shadows) and through psychologically stunning sketches of the characters' thought processes. He slows time down and captures the eternity of a single vengeful, emotional moment in this chapter. Don't bother with the book, but definitely read chapter 11!
This book was part of my 2010 summer reading program.

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