Joseph Conrad
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Joseph Conrad's tragic moral paradoxes


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248 Pages


In this scholarly book, Dr A. Ayuk raises issues of existential concerns in Conrad's major fiction. It's a refreshing interpretation of Conrad's works, a major contribution to not only the novelist's moral and philosophical vision of man in the early 20th century but also the psycho-complexity of human experience of our day.

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Athanasius A. Ayuk
Joseph Conrad’s tragic moral paradoxes
Athanasius A. Ayuk Joseph Conrad’s tragic moral paradoxes
Foreword byShadrach A. Ambanasom
© L’Harmattan, 2013 5-7, rue de l’Ecole-Polytechnique, 75005 Paris ISBN : 978-2-343-00733-5 EAN : 9782343007335
Dr. Elizabeth Ayuk Ako, the woman with a beautiful heart,
and Monica Egbe Ayuk the Angel Mother.
It has been an arduous task getting this book to this level. Many people and institutions have been of invaluable assistance. My sincere thanks go to the University of Maroua authorties, but especially to Professor Edward O Ako, our master; the library of the University of Yaoundé 1, my colleagues of the Department of English of the Higher Teachers’ Training College of the University of Maroua, my Graduate students past and present, especially Dr Divine Njong and Dr. Denis Tembong who did the index. Sincere thanks to Professor John Nkemngong Nkengasong for reading through the manuscript. My two lovely daughters Edelqueen E.B. AyukAko and Sissy O.N. AyukAko have been marvellous.
Conrad’s Tragic Moral Paradoxes There is no doubt, through the discussions in this book, that Conrad poses serious existential questions that demand our utmost attention. In various chapters of the work the author explores the anguish of both the author and his characters in both affirming and accepting their fate. They are the victims of a society that depends for its survival on the ethics imposed by its condition of life. It is against this that the critic asks, amongst others, one fundamental question, that is, is the life we live worth the sacrifice that we make? Concluding on the argument that the morality-society nexus is an inevitability that humanity must cope with, the author makes a case for mutual human compassion.
It is my belief that this text will elicit more debates and discussions amongst Conrad scholars, especially in an age when national and personal interests take precedence over collective wellbeing and interest. Students and teachers will find in this book an instrument of further investigation as far as problems of morality in English Literature are concerned.
Shadrach A. Ambanasom
Professor of Literature
The University of Bamenda