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Typhoon is a novel by Joseph Conrad, begun in 1899 and published in Pall Mall Magazine in 1902.
It is a classic sea yarn that describes how Captain Macwhirr sails the Siamese steamer Nan-Shan into a typhoon. Other characters include the young Jukes and Solomon, the head engineer. The novel classically evokes the sea-faring life at the turn of the century. While Macwhirr is emotionally estranged from his family and crew, and though he refuses to consider an alternate course to skirt the typhoon, his indomitable will in the face of a superior natural force elicits grudging admiration.
On the surface an adventure novel, the book contains many interwoven themes including:
- In a dangerous situation, people will follow someone showing certainty even if the source of the certainty is dubious.
- Lack of imagination can place one in as much danger as lack of experience.
- Typhoon, online at Ye Olde Library
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