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The End of the Tether [PDF / Epub] ☆ The End of the Tether Author Joseph Conrad – Henry Whalley is a true sailor earning years of experience as a ship’s captain before his retirement Faced with unexpected financial problems and a desire to help his married daughter earn her place Henry Whalley is a true sailor earning years of the eBook ¸ of experience as a ship’s captain before his retirement Faced with unexpected financial problems and a desire to help his married daughter earn her place in the world Whalley is forced to sell his boat and buy his way The End Epub / back into service on a trade vessel But Whalley is living so close to financial ruin that any small deviation from his course will put him over the edge The End of the Tether is one of the many books that author Joseph Conrad wrote about sailors and End of the MOBI ´ the sea Using his own personal experiences as a merchant marine as the foundation for his writing Conrad produced some of the most realistic sea tales of the nineteenth century.

10 thoughts on “The End of the Tether

  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    Reading The End of the Tether Joseph Conrad’s somber mature and beautifully crafted novella published in 1902 reminds me of what a great debt English literature owes to this Polish gentleman particularly the Lost Generation expatriate writers Ford Madox Ford collaborated with Conrad on three publications and Bertrand Russell was enad of the older writer but Hemingway too was a literary descendant of Conrad’s brooding prose The End of the Tether tells the melancholy inevitable story of Captain Walley striding with a seaman’s strong and dignified gait into his destiny Conrad’s language is redolent of his masterpiece Heart of Darkness as is the setting but I was also vaguely reminded of Joyce’s Ulysses with the subtle realistic imagery underscored emotion and brilliant similes As with the Heart of Darkness and some other of Conrad’s works perhaps a prevailing theme in his works is the contrast and distinction between Western civilization and the rest of the world Conrad’s perspective as a merchant captain allowed him a uniue glimpse at the imperialism of the late 1800s Conrad’s observation to our postmodern sentiments may seem sexist and racist and would be in today’s world but I suspect and submit that Conrad revealed a restrained skepticism about the sensibilities and morality of western expansion

  2. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    A sea captain's final journey28 March 2015 I would say that this is just another story about a sea journey but then again it was written by Joseph Conrad and despite the three stories that I have read being about ships and journeys I simply cannot describe it using the words 'just another' The book in which this story was originally published was called 'Youth and other tales' and contained in this order Youth Heart of Darkness and The End of the Tether The book I read also contained these three stories however it was called 'Heart of Darkness and other stories' and had Heart of Darkness coming first followed by Youth The reason that I raise that is because these three stories deal with characters at different stages of their life Youth obviously has the protagonist as a young man; Heart of Darkness has the protagonist as middle aged; while the protagonist in The End of the Tether is in his twilight years I have already written reviews on Youth and Heart of Darkness so I will be mostly focusing on The End of the Tether which is not surprising considering this is a review of this story The End of the Tether is about an old ship's captain who has since retired on his savings but a banking crisis has left him penniless It is not so much that he doesn't have any money any though that still is a bit of a problem but rather than he wanted to pass some money down to his daughter so that she might not live in want In fact there is a whole story about his daughter but then again this particular book is incredibly complex with the various threads weaving through it Anyway Captain Whalley as he is called decides that he will scrape together his last remaining 500 pounds and return to the sea – in part because he has grown tired of living on the land and yearns to return to the deck of a ship and in part because he wishes to provide a decent amount of money to his daughter before he dies Unfortunately he has been away from the sea for too long and many of his contacts have since left the business to be replaced by a much younger crowd However he does manage to buy into a ship the Sofala which like Whalley is on its last legs To add to the complications the first mate – the person with whom Whalley is going into partnership with is a problem gambler and needs Whalley has he had just blown the last of his money in the casinos of Manilla The first thing that really struck me about this story is how deeply flawed the characters happened to be For instance Masey is a problem gambler – not the type that sits in front of pokie machines for hours on end but rather the one that sits in smoke filled rooms playing poker Mind you it makes me wonder sometimes what a problem gambler really is is it somebody that always loses and in doing so lands up in so much debt that the mob want to hunt them down as an example; or is it somebody who simply cannot help but gamble despite the fact that they always seem to come out on top? For some reason though I suspect that the second type doesn't really exist and is only a creation of Hollywood Okay there is a saying that 'The House always wins' though that is not necessarily the case either as the businessman James Packer discovered when he invested his father's fortune in a casino in Macau only to discover that nobody was going there Anyway Masey's gambling addiction is evident throughout the book in how he is always trying to get money out of Whalley He even attempts to set him up to try and get him off of the ship so that he can then sell it and return to Manilla and the gambling dens that he freuents so often though when people talk about Manilla I generally don't think of a place full of gambling dens though since I have never been to Manilla I cannot say for sure Whalley is the other deeply flawed character no so much because of any particular vice that he has in fact is uite an honourable person and is also a highly decorated ship's captain but rather the situation in which he has landed He is a captain of an old ship with a first mate that is doing his best to get rid of him and his sight is failing dramatically He does manage to keep this a secret through the use of a confidant but you can see through the story that the only reason that he is pushing on is due to his love for his daughter Even then his daughter has gone and married a man whom he does not believe is suitable for her and has also taken a job as a governess of a boarding house In a way I guess that is the struggle that all parents go through – they have great dreams for their children and are shattered when that dream comes to naught This is a beautiful and in a way heart wrenching story of a man nearing the end of his life; with his golden days long behind him I guess in a way it is an allegory of life in that as we grow old life becomes ever difficult as our body begins to break down In a sense each of the stories in this book can be seen as allegories – with Youth about the eagerness of the young and the hurdles that they must overcome as they go out into the world and Heart of Darkness about the time when we come to see the nastiness of life Once again Joseph Conrad has drafted a marvellous piece of literature that highlights his ability so much since not only did he come from the working class but that English was also his second language In fact a uick look over his biography suggests that he never even attended university

  3. Tristram Shandy Tristram Shandy says:

    ”Captain Whalley was not dwarfed by the solitude of the grandly planned street He had too fine a presence for that He was only a lonely figure walking purposefully ” The End of the Tether was originally published in conjunction with two other novellas by Conrad namely Youth and Heart of Darkness under the title of Youth a Narrative and Two Other Stories It is likely that the three novellas were combined because together they mirror the three ages of man and while nowadays Heart of Darkness has become one of the key texts to Joseph Conrad it is also clear at least to me that The End of the Tether is one of the author’s most powerful and moving stories and as such a reading experience that it would be sad to missThe novella centres on Captain Whalley a well versed and skilled shellback who can look back on a blameless career and who in the old days of sailing ships even discovered a new route that saved the British marine valuable time In these halcyon days he also had his wife and his little daughter Ivy on board with him but eventually his wife died and his daughter married a man who is not able to support his family so that it is Captain Whalley who bears the brunt of his daughter’s financial burden and who bears it gladly because providing for his daughter imbues him with a feeling of being close to her Things begin looking less rosy however when Captain Whalley who meanwhile has retired from active service and has bought his own little ship and simply cruises for the pleasure of cruising realizes that all his life’s savings have been lost in a stock market crash He now sells his own ship and invests the 500 £ of returns into a partnership with the owner of an old and rickety steamship the Sofala This way Captain Whalley can earn his own living and forward any revenue to his daughter while keeping the 500 £ which will be due to him at the expiration of the partnership after three years intact to be given to his daughter when he is too old to continue working Entering into this partnership gives Whalley a lot than he bargained for because the shipowner and engineer Mr Massy who won the money with which he bought the Sofala in a lottery has ever since been addicted to buying lottery tickets on a grand scale throwing every spare penny into the abyss of the lottery system Conseuently he is not too happy finding that he will soon have to pay out his captain and that Whalley is unwilling to prolong their partnership when he urgently needs some money to buy new boilers for the Sofala Captain Whalley on the other hand who has always been sure that his health would remain with him to the last has to face the terrible truth that he is slowly going blind – and that if Mr Massy finds this out according to the terms of their contract the owner can dismiss Whalley as a captain and withhold the invested money for one further year Henceforth Whalley does his best to hide the fact that his eyesight is getting dimmer and dimmer but there is the first mate Mr Sterne who is eager for promotion and ready to step over his captain’s body – figuratively speaking – to get it and Mr Sterne has got wise to Captain Whalley and his terrible secretAs usual Conrad does not tell us a linear story but treats us to lots of flashbacks and changes of perspective which make The End of the Tether a very dense and anfractuous text One might even have the feeling of groping one’s way through it like Captain Whalley carefully senses where to set his next footstep when no longer on board the Sofala While giving us enough of insight into the minds of people like Sterne and Massy and also of Mr Van Wyk a friend of Whalley’s who has withdrawn into solitude out of dissatisfaction in love matters the narrator focuses on Whalley himself and here Conrad creates one of the most memorable and likeable characters I have ever come across in fiction Whalley is an honourable decent and valiant man whose life is fulfilled by going to sea and by the love of his wife and his daughter Throughout his life he has preserved his naïve faith in the ultimate justice of life of God thinking that since he does not need his health simply for himself but for his daughter God will grant him this health to the end of his days”’As it happens my life is necessary; it isn’t my own it isn’t — God knows’”This sentiment is by the way also the kind of revelation that grants new sense to the life of another of Joseph Conrad’s heroes in Lord Jim and we can maybe regard it as a recurring motif in Conrad’s thinking At the end however in his blindness Captain Whalley comes to realize the bitter truth of life”Surely God would not rob his child of his power to help and cast him naked into a night without end He had caught at every hope; and when the evidence of his misfortune was stronger than hope he tried not to believe the manifest thingIn vain In the steadily darkening universe a sinister clearness fell upon his ideas In the illuminating moments of suffering he saw life men all things the whole earth with all her burden of created nature as he had never seen them before All the days of his life he had prayed for daily bread and not to be led into temptation in a childlike humility of spirit Did words mean anything? Whence did the gift of speech come? The violent beating of his heart reverberated in his head — seemed to shake his brain to pieces”The tragedy inherent in these thoughts is mirrored in the chain of unfortunate and sometimes ludicrous coincidences misunderstandings and talks at cross purposes which finally lead to a catastrophe all the while there still being the gleam of some hope alive on the horizon In Conrad’s universe which may not be too far off our own universe the gods not only torture their creatures but they laugh merrily while doing soAnd yet there are two things that even the gods cannot take away from Captain Whalley – the first is his dignity the way he reacts to what seems to be his fate and his dependence on accident and the very first is the love he feels for his daughter a love that is as we finally learn returned And so we can even imagine Captain Whalley happy

  4. Frederick Frederick says:

    SPOILERS ahead but this is Joseph Conrad we're talking about His style is the star His work is essentially spoiler proofThis novella which by today's standards would be termed a short novel shows Conrad's gift of sympathy Captain Whalley twenty five years after losing his wife prepares for a comfortable retirement but learns that his daughter's husband can no longer work Whalley sells the little ship he'd been intending for relaxation and for running small commercial errands With the small amount the sale gets him he becomes partners with an avaricious ship owner who has bought a ship after winning a lottery Whalley although captain of this man's ship must endure in his old age the constant barrage of criticism from his ignoramus of a partner who is also the ship's engineer A weird legal situation in which the owner of a ship must hire someone else as its captain has brought these two polar opposites together Whalley plans to stay for the three years he's signed on for after which he plans to go home to his daughter to help her run the boarding house she's set up during her husband's illness In the meantime he sends her his earnings That's the set upThe rest is a wrenching story clearly inspired by Shakespeare Most authors to this day try to capture a Shakespearean mood occasionally but Conrad almost seems to point to Shakespeare Whalley has something of Lear in him There is an Iago in this story as well I wonder if perhaps James Joyce used a little of the conversation between the elderly Captain Whalley and the youngish Mr Van Wyk to inform the passage in ULYSSES in which Mr Bloom and Stephen Daedalus commune Conrad reflects Shakespeare and anticipates Joyce He is not the innovator either of those authors were but he is almost invariably profoundHaving read a fair amount of Conrad and about him it strikes that most of what he wrote is based on what he actually witnessed or heard about from witnesses His works are almost exclusively sea stories but however detailed they are about ships ship's crews and the people who deal with ships and their crews these works give the reader tremendous insight into human motivation particularly in exclusively male working environments Conrad's experience of toil is rare in an author and virtually absent in a great one Many authors know hardship But Conrad is almost alone in his focus on men who struggle with good and evil while also controlling battling or simply maintaining vast machinery That such characters also have to face other characters with the same abilities but without any of their moral scruples makes Conrad a monumental author He is famous for his irony In fact people speak of Conradian irony But he always seems to be a friend which is ironic in an ironist to be sure

  5. Tuck Tuck says:

    fantastic short novel and so melancholy we know the old brave famous intrepid widowed ship captain now reduced to running a tramp steamer on a 1600 mile milk run in the straights of Malacca area is destined for a bad sad end an so it is true but in this ship shape and tidy craft conrad makes us feel safe if not very hopeful

  6. Robert Robert says:

    The End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad demonstrates again his mastery of prose fiction forms In this case Conrad has written a novella about a sea captain named Whalley who has had a financial disaster at the end of a distinguished career All he wants is to leave his only daughter some money to help her deal with her unsuccessful marriage so he invests his last 500 pounds in an old steamer owned by its chief engineer a man named Massy and serves as its captain on local runs through what can be called Conrad country the innumerable islands of IndonesiaMassy is a desperate man who won the money to buy his ship in a lottery He only takes Whalley on as partner because his steamer is fast deteriorating and he would like to get rid of him under terms of the contract that would give him a year to repay the 500 pounds Whalley has a problem in that he can barely meet the terms of the contract because he is going blind and trying to conceal that fact by relying on a Malay servant who dutifully carries out the captain's orders and could virtually sail the ship himselfA further complicating factor is the second engineer's desire to reveal Whalley's blindness and take over as captain himself All thee main characters have one journey in which to resolve their respective challengesThe characterizations in this novella are superb forceful distinctive and raw Ships reuire intimate cooperation that often bleeds into psychological entanglement In general Conrad writes about the moods of the sea with dazzling perceptiveness He has a painter's eye for light sunset nightfall the murky hours of late watches and the refreshing mysteries of timeless mornings ever recurring ever renewingThe natural companion to this tale is Melville's Billy Budd The elemental force of Melville's novella is its strength The End of the Tether is morally complex and ingeniously plotted There is a wholeness here a fully developed cast of characters whose motivations and weaknesses are clear and painful Are we really such brutes? Do we have such bad luck? The poignant realism here verges on the bitter realism in Thomas Hardy's novels Sometime Conrad overwrites but his missteps are an excess of talent

  7. John John says:

    A work of genius Never has being a sailor seemed so incredibly romantic and yet so hopelessly depressing As is his wont Conrad sometimes fuses sentences together with such a litany of semicolons that you need a machete to hack through the twisted jungle of his lengthier paragraphs However whatever your take on Conrad's over complicated prose I don't see how you could deny the wall to wall brilliance of this novel which delivers a treasure trove of rich emotion as well as a page turner of a plot It's also a great look into the past since I don't think there exists any author alive today who can write seafaring tales with anywhere near the same elegance vividness and authenticity as Conrad was capable ofFurther I would have to rack my brain very hard to come up with a novel of such relatively short length that does a better job exploring the human condition Such a shame that most people's familiarity with Joseph Conrad begins and ends with HEART OF DARKNESS

  8. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    The Pole Joseph Conrad is the Poet Laureate of the real England not the one to be found south of Scotland on the Island but the England that dominated the Seven Seas He wrote great novels about the courageous English marine who spent most of their lives on ships far away from the comforts of Albion They lived and in the case of the hero of this book died by a strict code of honourI greatly enjoyed this book when I read it as a teenager It's only weakness is that it resembles a great many of Conrad's other novels If you are not already jaded this one is excellent and has the merit of being very short

  9. Paul Cornelius Paul Cornelius says:

    Captain Whalley's closely guarded secret launches him literally on a course that would have been tragic had not the heroism in the captain's heart already played itself out many years before Perhaps there is a diluted echo of King Lear in this novella the old man who wants to retire and pass on his success in life to his daughter but who is betrayed by the greed and ambitions of those around and even above him Despair dominates At the end what is there but to keep putting one foot in front of the other to last it outThis novella is somewhat neglected especially as it appeared alongside Heart of Darkness in an early collection Yet it is a successful work Conrad excelled at the long short storynovella form The psychological reveals are not only modern but universal

  10. Octavia Cade Octavia Cade says:

    Well written but extremely depressing novella about an old sailor on the edge of penury trying to hide a disability long enough to keep a job that will support his daughter It's a uiet little story with very little melodrama and the muted misery of it is far effective than the repetition of horror in Heart of Darkness for instance Ultimately it's so unhappy a story that I don't think I'll read it again but it's certainly affecting and the characterisation is excellent

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