Lord Jim Criticism

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In the 1992 article Lord Jim: After the Truth, Ross C. Murfin notes that the book "was generally well received" on its first publication in 1900. Murfin says that reviewers were fond of "the novel's romance, the faraway feelings it evoked, and the original poetry of Conrad's language." However, they "decidedly did not like.... Conrad's way of telling his story, the odd narrative method that gives structure to the novel." The anonymous reviewer in the New York Tribune notes that even though the book "is a long narrative . . . it should be read, if possible, at a sitting.... because Mr. Conrad's mode of composition demands it." However, this reviewer was ultimately able to look past what could be an inconvenience and declared Lord Jim "a book of great originality, and it exerts a spell such as is rarely encountered in modern fiction." Another anonymous reviewer, for the Spectator, called the book...

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