The Mirror of the Sea (Version 2)

Read by Peter Dann

(4.7 stars; 9 reviews)

"Here speaks the man of masts and sails, to whom the sea is not a navigable element, but an intimate companion. The length of passages, the growing sense of solitude, the close dependence upon the very forces that, friendly to-day, without changing their nature, by the mere putting forth of their might, become dangerous to-morrow, make for that sense of fellowship which modern seamen, good men as they are, cannot hope to know." In this volume of essays, more than in any other single work, we get to see clearly just what Joseph Conrad's years working on sail-powered ships meant to him — and they certainly meant a great deal to him, for all Conrad's subsequent fretting that he might be typed as "only" a writer of the sea. This collection is particularly renowned for the lengthy episode titled "The Tremolino", where Conrad gives us, in the character of the real-world Dominic, the model of his fictional Nostromo, as well as an account of personalities and gun-running activities he would later depict in "The Arrow of Gold". (Summary by Peter Dann) (6 hr 4 min)


Landfalls and Departures 18:54 Read by Peter Dann
Emblems of Hope 18:56 Read by Peter Dann
The Fine Art 24:40 Read by Peter Dann
Cobwebs and Gossamer 18:30 Read by Peter Dann
The Weight of the Burden 21:00 Read by Peter Dann
Overdue and Missing 17:53 Read by Peter Dann
The Grip of the Land 8:33 Read by Peter Dann
The Character of the Foe 16:47 Read by Peter Dann
Rules of East and West 40:33 Read by Peter Dann
The Faithful River 27:07 Read by Peter Dann
In Captivity 25:19 Read by Peter Dann
Inititation 39:21 Read by Peter Dann
The Nursery of the Craft 13:22 Read by Peter Dann
The Tremolino 52:13 Read by Peter Dann
The Heroic Age 21:47 Read by Peter Dann


(5 stars)

What a storyteller! He tells his meandering essays in such a self-assured voice, so rich in descriptive detail, that the reader follows, willingly, and is always rewarded at the end. The reading performance is superb and goes justice to the author.

(4.5 stars)

beautiful words describing an ancient activity at the very edge and pinnacle of non fossil fuel transport