The Secret Agent
In the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in... show more
In the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho. His masters instruct him to discredit the anarchists in a humiliating fashion, and when his evil plan goes horribly awry, Verloc must deal with the repercussions of his actions.
Publish date: September 25th 2007
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 269
Edition language: English
bookshelves: winter-20142015, published-1907, film-only, london, britain-england, mystery-thriller, spies Recommended for: Laura, Wanda et al Read from January 10 to 12, 2015 Watch hereDescription: Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London's Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, h...
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I think that I am all alone in thinking that this book is one of the greatest books written, but none-the-less it is my opinion. I think it is the best of Conrad's work. It certainly has his eccentric writing style on display, but I never had a problem with that.Often characterized as a spy novel....
Like Heart of Darkness, Secret Agent:- Is deeply cynical- And heavily allegorical- And ends with a bang (although this book also begins with one).I guessed a big part of the plot pretty quickly, so I guess that's a negative...although I'm not sure it was supposed to be hard to guess.It's about a che...
I've been thinking some more about this book which is usually a good sign. I've also felt the urge to add to my review though to be honest my thoughts aren't particularly more organized than before. I guess reading some of the other reviews made me want to be more specific.I guess the ending in p...