The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent

eBook - 2012
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A novel by Joseph Conrad, it was first published in 1907 and is set in London in 1886. It largely deals with the life of a Mr. Verloc, who is a spy. The novel deals with terrorism, espionage and anarchism. Verloc owns and runs a shop which sells pornographic material and contraceptives, this is a cover for his espionage, the target for the group is to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. This novel was ranked in the top 50 of the 20th Century Modern Library.
Publisher: [United States] : Andrews UK : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781781667422


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May 12, 2017

this I found out while reading it was the unabomber's favorite book. It's quite messed up and gruesome. It wasn't long at all but it was somewhat complex. It took me ten whole days. I pretty much could only read one chapter per day. If you stick with it to the end the story does get very vivid. I would look also at some sort of reading guide that describes the way the timeline of the story jumps around a lot. Timelessly weird-ass book to be sure. Highest Rating!

Jul 05, 2011

Pretty disturbing


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Blue_Ox_22 Mar 26, 2012

". . . ALL idealisation makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it. Leave that to the moralists, my boy. History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production—by the force of economic conditions.* Capitalism has made socialism, and the laws made by the capitalism for the protection of property are responsible for anarchism. No one can tell what form the social organisation may take in the future. Then why indulge in prophetic phantasies? At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have I no objective value. Leave that pastime to the moralists, my boy.”

p. 31


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