A Personal Record


Read by Peter Dann

(4.5 stars; 4 reviews)

Conrad began dictating the series of loose autobiographical sketches that would become 'A Personal Record' in 1911, when he was half way through writing 'Under Western Eyes'. His avowed aim was to give his readers a sense of 'the man behind the work', and he certainly succeeded in creating a vivid impression of the kind of Joseph Conrad he would have liked to have been seen as: a man capable of wry humour and self-deprecation, but a sober, serious man too, prepared to face life as he found it. While some of the moments Conrad recalls seem slight enough in themselves - a general's daughter barges into his room while he is writing the end of 'Nostromo'; he supervises the unloading of a pony for the real Almayer up a river in Borneo - his manner of interweaving various episodes, abruptly dropping one and leaping to another epoch of his life, interspersing all with reflections on life and his own art - all this is Conrad at his most engaging. (Summary by Peter Dann) (4 hr 37 min)

Chapters

A Familiar Preface 21:30 Read by Peter Dann
Chapter I 43:56 Read by Peter Dann
Chapter II 39:45 Read by Peter Dann
Chapter III 40:48 Read by Peter Dann
Chapter IV 39:09 Read by Peter Dann
Chapter V 29:49 Read by Peter Dann
Chapter VI 40:34 Read by Peter Dann
Chapter VII 22:25 Read by Peter Dann

Reviews

Wonderful Insight


(5 stars)

Probably one of the best autobiographical works by such a humble yet accomplished author. Thanks to Peter Dann for bringing so much of Conrad’s work to us with such excellent talent in his reading.


(5 stars)

Educative and very inspiring for an ardent learner of English Literature that I am.