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Almayer's Folly

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A European businessman and his Malayan wife have a daughter, Nina. A Malayan prince comes to do trade with the businessman and falls in love with the daughter. Conflict arises when other influences cause distrust in the business partnership and the daughter runs off to be with the prince.

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ALMAYER'S FOLLY: A STORY OF AN EASTERN RIVER by Joseph Conrad

Qui de nous n'a eu sa terre promise, son jour d'extase et sa fin en exil? AMIEL.

LONDON : T. FISHER UNWIN, LTD. ADELPHI TERRACE

First Edition . . . 1895

Second Impression , 1907

Third ,, 1914

Fourth ,, 1915

To the memory of T. B.

CHAPTER I.

"Kaspar! Makan!"

The well known shrill voice startled Almayer from his dream of splendid future into the unpleasant realities of the present hour. An unpleasant voice too. He had heard it for many years, and with every year he liked it less. No matter; there would be an end to all this soon.

He shuffled uneasily, but took no further notice of the call. Leaning with both his elbows on the balustrade of the verandah, he went on looking fixedly at the great river that flowed indifferent and hurried before his eyes. He liked to look at it about the time of sunset; perhaps because at that time the sinking sun would spread a glowing gold tinge on the waters of the Pantai, and Almayer's thoughts were often busy with gold; gold he had failed to secure; gold the others had secured dishonestly, of course or gold he meant to secure yet, through his own honest exertions, for himself and Nina... Continue reading book >>


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