by Joseph Conrad
The natives of Patusan in the Far East worship the bold young Englishman by the name of Lord Jim, but he despises himself. Tortured by an act of cowardice and desertion that wrecked his career in the Merchant Service years before, and tormented by his ideal of what an officer should be, he has fled from scandal farther and farther east. It is only here in remote Patusan, filling a post given him by the trader Stein, that he at last finds the will to cease sacrificing himself on the altar of conscience. He becomes a part of life again by accepting the "destructive element within himself," and following his star to the end.
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