victoryName: Jonathan Franzen, introduction to Three Novels of New York by Edith Wharton

Favorite Penguin Classics Title/Author: Victory, Joseph Conrad

Why do you love this Penguin Classic? For me, Penguin Classics were the portal to the great novels of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially the British. I could have chosen any of twenty titles as my favorite, but it’s hard to do better than Victory, which is probably the most accessible of all of Conrad’s novels; certainly one of the very most suspenseful and beautiful and moving.

What should I read next? Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, perhaps. If you want to know Brontë as a novelist, you can read Jane Eyre, but if you want to know her as a person and as a novelist, Villette’s the book for it.


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