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An Outpost of Progress by Joseph Conrad: Part 2 of 2
 
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The story of two European men who are assigned to a trading post in a remote part of the African Jungle. Through ivory trading, they hope to benefit themselves and the company for which they work. With no specific tasks or important things to be done, they are confronted with moral dilemmas, as well as stress and demoralization. A native named Makola, serving as their bookkeeper, has unscrupulous plans of his own. Conrad considered this his best tale, owing to its 'scrupulousness of tone' and 'severity of discipline.'
Views: 2192 Donald Miller
An Outpost of Progress By Joseph Conrad - Part 1 of 2
 
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The story of two European men who are assigned to a trading post in a remote part of the African Jungle. Through ivory trading, they hope to benefit themselves and the company for which they work. With no specific tasks or important things to be done, they are confronted with stress and demoralization, as well as a significant moral dilemma. A native named Makola, serving as their bookkeeper, has unscrupulous plans of his own. Conrad considered this his best tale, owing to its 'scrupulousness of tone' and 'severity of discipline.'
Views: 7521 Donald Miller
Henry James: An Appreciation by Joseph Conrad
 
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Henry James was an American-born British writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James.
Views: 1357 Donald Miller
Tomorrow by Joseph Conrad
 
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The Tale by Joseph Conrad - Part 1
 
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A woman asks her lover to tell her one of his intriguing tales, and the man cloaks what may be a true story into a yarn about a future war on another world, similar to earth. This story is filled with hints of ironic circumstances and modes of morality. (Part 1 of 2) Total Time: 49 mins. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
Views: 1389 Donald Miller
The Tale by Joseph Conrad - Part 2
 
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A woman asks her lover to tell her one of his intriguing tales, and the man cloaks what may be a true story into a yarn about a future war on another world, similar to earth. This story is filled with hints of ironic circumstances and modes of morality. (Part 2 of 2) Total Time: 49 mins. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
Views: 283 Donald Miller
The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad - Part 2
 
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Is this Conrad's most difficult to understand and strangest story -- filled with an abundance of Freudian connotations -- or is it based on a true story that Knowing that its based on a true story filled with an abundance of psychological connotations? Find out by going to CliffsNotes after you've listened to it. http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/s/the-secret-sharer/about-the-secret-sharer (Part 2 of 2) Total Time: Nearly an hour. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
Views: 1365 Donald Miller
The Prologue to Code of Hammurabi
 
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An audio/video of the prologue to the code of Hammurabi.
Views: 1745 Donald Miller
Letters of the Mozart Family - Part 1
 
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Filled with the pride of a father for his gifted children, these are the first four letters of Leopold Mozart to his landlord and friend, wherein he describes his travels with his children Nanerl, his daughter, and his son, Wolfgang.
Views: 874 Donald Miller
Hesiod Works and Days Part 1
 
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Works and Days is a poem written by the ancient Greek poet Hesiod around 700 BC. At its center, the Works and Days is a farmer's almanac in which Hesiod instructs his brother Perses in the agricultural arts. Scholars have seen this work against a background of agrarian crisis in mainland Greece, which inspired a wave of colonial expeditions in search of new land. In the poem Hesiod also offers his brother extensive moralizing advice on how he should live his life. The Works and Days is perhaps best known for its two mythological etiologies for the toil and pain that define the human condition: the story of Prometheus and Pandora, and the so-called Myth of Five Ages. Hesiod describes himself as the heir of a farm bequeathed to him and his brother Perses. However, Perses apparently squandered his wealth and came back for what is owned by Hesiod. Perses went to law and bribed the lords to judge in his favour. The poem contains a sharp attack against unjust judges like those who decided in favour of Perses; they are depicted as pocketing bribes as they render their unfair verdicts. Hesiod seems to have thought that instead of giving him money or property which he will again spend in no time, it is better to teach him the virtues of work and to impart his wisdom which can be used to generate an income.
Views: 6343 Donald Miller
Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad - Part 1 of 3
 
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Conrad takes a mighty stab into Edgar Allen Poe territory and does a very good job of it.
Views: 287 Donald Miller
Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad - Part 1 of 2
 
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A poor emigrant from Central Europe sailing from Hamburg to America is shipwrecked off the coast of England. The residents of nearby villages, at first unaware of the sinking, and hence of the possibility of survivors, regard him as a dangerous tramp and madman. He speaks no English; his strange foreign language frightens them, and they offer him no assistance. Eventually he is given shelter and employment by an eccentric old local, Mr. Swaffer. He falls in love with Amy Foster, a servant girl who has shown him kindness. To the community's disapproval, they marry. "Amy Foster" has elements in it that reflect Conrad's own social alienation in English society (Conrad, although living his adult life in England - when not at sea - never gave up his Polish citizenship). Edward Said mentioned that 'Amy Foster' probably contains concerns that Conrad had in common with the young man, Yanko, who married Amy.
Views: 575 Donald Miller
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - Part 1 Fully Illustrated
 
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This is an audio/video I made that contains a reading of the first 25 minutes of Conrad's novella. It's a one-of-a-kind, as I haven't come across another audio book like it on YouTube.
Views: 420 Donald Miller
The Titanic: An Essay by Joseph Conrad
 
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Conrad wrote this excellent essay about the sinking of the Titanic at the time that it was fresh news. He gives his insights as a thinker, an essayist, and a seaman about the incident.
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The Duel by Joseph Conrad: Part 1 of 7
 
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Licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 International (Details are at the bottom of this page. Synopsis of the Plot (Spoilers in it, of course.) In Strasbourg in 1800, fervent Bonapartist and obsessive duelist Lieutenant Gabriel Feraud of the French 7th Hussars nearly kills the nephew of the city's mayor in a sword duel. Under pressure from the mayor, Brigadier-General Treillard sends a member of his staff, Lieutenant Armand d'Hubert of the 3rd Hussars, to put Feraud under house arrest. As the arrest takes place in the house of Mme. DeLeon, a prominent local lady, Feraud takes it as a personal insult from d'Hubert, and matters are made worse when Feraud asks d'Hubert if he would "let them spit on Napoleon" and d'Hubert doesn't immediately reply. Upon reaching his quarters, Feraud challenges d'Hubert to a duel. However, the duel is inconclusive; d'Hubert slashes Feraud's forearm but is unable to finish him because he is attacked by Feraud's housemaid. As a result of his part in the duel, d'Hubert is dismissed from the General's staff and returned to active duty with his unit. The war intervenes in the men's quarrel and they do not meet again until six months later in Augsburg in 1801. Feraud immediately challenges d'Hubert to another duel and seriously wounds him. Recovering, d'Hubert takes lessons from a fencing master and in the next duel (held in a cellar with heavy sabres) the two men fight each other to a standstill. Soon afterwards, d'Hubert is relieved to learn he has been promoted to captain. Military protocol forbids officers of different ranks from fighting one another. The action then moves forwards to 1806 when d'Hubert is serving in Lübeck. He is shocked to hear that the 7th Hussars have arrived in the city and that Feraud is now also a captain. Aware that in two weeks time he is himself to be promoted to major, d'Hubert attempts to slip away but is spotted by Feraud's perpetual second and Feraud challenges him to another duel which is to be fought on horseback with sabres. D'Hubert slashes his opponent across the forehead; Feraud, blinded because the cut bleeds heavily into his eyes, cannot continue the fight. D'Hubert considers himself the victor and leaves the field ebullient. Soon afterwards, Feraud's regiment is posted to Spain. The pair do not meet again until they chance upon each other during the French Army's disastrous Retreat from Moscow in 1812. However before they can restart their quarrel, Cossacks attack forcing d'Hubert and Feraud to fight together rather than each other. Two years later, after Napoleon's exile to Elba, d'Hubert is a brigadier-general recovering from a leg wound at the home of his sister Leonie in Tours. She introduces him to Adele, niece of her neighbour. The couple fall in love and are married. A Bonapartist agent attempts to recruit d'Hubert as rumours of Napoleon's imminent return from exile abound. But d'Hubert refuses to command a brigade if the Emperor returns from Elba. However when Feraud, who is now also a brigadier-general and a leading Bonapartist, hears this, he declares d'Hubert is a traitor to the Emperor. He claims that he always suspected d'Hubert's loyalty, which is why he challenged him to a duel in the first place. After Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo, d'Hubert joins the army of Louis XVIII. Feraud is arrested and is expected to be executed for his part in the Hundred Days. However d'Hubert approaches the Minister of Police Joseph Fouché and persuades him to release Féraud (without revealing d'Hubert's part in his reprieve). Feraud is paroled to live under police supervision in a certain province. After Féraud learns of d'Hubert's promotion in the new French Army, he sends two former officers to seek out d'Hubert so he can challenge him to a duel with pistols. Eventually the two men meet in a ruined château on a wooded hill. Feraud rapidly discharges both his pistols before being caught at point blank range by d'Hubert. However d'Hubert refuses to shoot him because tradition dictates he now owns Feraud's life. Instead he informs Feraud he must now submit to his decision that in all future dealings Feraud shall conduct himself "as a dead man". The duel finally ends, d'Hubert returns to his life and happy marriage while Feraud returns to his provincial exile. International 4.0 License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
Views: 853 Donald Miller
Typhoon By Joseph Conrad - Chapter 1 of 6
 
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"Typhoon," like all of Conrad's sea tales, is based to some extent upon his firsthand experience as a longtime seaman. The story is based on a real incident that Conrad read about in a newspaper. "Typhoon" describes how Captain MacWhirr sails the Siamese steamer Nan-Shan into a typhoon—a mature tropical cyclone of the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. Other characters include the young Jukes - most probably an "alter ego" of Conrad from the time he had sailed under captain John McWhir - and Solomon Rout, the chief engineer. The novel evokes the seafaring life at the turn of the nineteenth century. While Macwhirr - who, according to Conrad, "never walked on this Earth" - is emotionally estranged from his family and crew, and though he refuses to consider an alternate course to skirt the typhoon, his indomitable will in the face of a superior natural force elicits admiration. CHARACTERS Captain MacWhirr, an empirical man without imagination. Captain Wilson from "Melita", the "storm-strategist". Jukes, the first mate (with no first name). Jukes' absent friends - second mate Jack Allen and another mate from trans-Atlantic liner (addressee of Jukes' letter). Solomon Rout, the chief engineer, an experienced seaman. Second engineer Harry and third engineer Beale. The boatswain. The second mate. Sailors, steward and cook of the "Nan-Shan". The coolies, hired workers from India and China. The clerk for Messrs. Bun-Hin Co. Mrs Lucy MacWhirr, the Captain's wife. Lydia MacWhirr, the Captain's daughter. Mrs Rout, the chief engineer's wife. Messrs Sigg and Son, the owners of the boat. Owners and foremen from the building yard.
Views: 875 Donald Miller
Typhoon by Joseph Conrad - Chapter 3 of 6
 
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"Typhoon," like all of Conrad's sea tales, is based to some extent upon his firsthand experience as a longtime seaman. The story is based on a real incident that Conrad read about in the newspaper. "Typhoon" describes how Captain MacWhirr sails the Siamese steamer Nan-Shan into a typhoon—a mature tropical cyclone of the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. Other characters include the young Jukes - most probably an "alter ego" of Conrad from the time he had sailed under captain John McWhir - and Solomon Rout, the chief engineer. The novel evokes the seafaring life at the turn of the nineteenth century. While Macwhirr - who, according to Conrad, "never walked on this Earth" - is emotionally estranged from his family and crew, and though he refuses to consider an alternate course to skirt the typhoon, his indomitable will in the face of a superior natural force elicits admiration. CHARACTERS Captain MacWhirr, an empirical man without imagination. Captain Wilson from "Melita", the "storm-strategist". Jukes, the first mate (with no first name). Jukes' absent friends - second mate Jack Allen and another mate from trans-Atlantic liner (addressee of Jukes' letter). Solomon Rout, the chief engineer, an experienced seaman. Second engineer Harry and third engineer Beale. The boatswain. The second mate. Sailors, steward and cook of the "Nan-Shan". The coolies, hired workers from India and China. The clerk for Messrs. Bun-Hin Co. Mrs Lucy MacWhirr, the Captain's wife. Lydia MacWhirr, the Captain's daughter. Mrs Rout, the chief engineer's wife. Messrs Sigg and Son, the owners of the boat. Owners and foremen from the building yard.
Views: 182 Donald Miller
Typhoon and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad: Author's Note
 
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Typhoon and Other Tales contains, as the other tales -- "The Secret Sharer," "Falk," and "Amy Foster," all of which are -- or will be -- available on my YouTube page.
Views: 127 Donald Miller
In Praise of Guy de Maupassant: An Essay by Joseph Conrad
 
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Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer, considered one of the fathers of the modern short story and one of the form's finest exponents
Views: 433 Donald Miller
Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad - Chapter 1 of 12
 
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A dreamer has a brief run of good luck when he is young, and when it runs out he spends the rest of his life desperately trying to regain his fortunes. Conrad's first--and one of his very best--stories, filled with a fascinating cast of intriguing characters. (Part 1 of 12). Total Time: about 9 hrs. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
Views: 721 Donald Miller
Rough Demo for Margo
 
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Even Cowboys and Their Junkies Get Lonesome I did it in one take, naturally. I certainly didn't make it to show off my singing or guitar playing skills. Lots of laughs.
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Youth by Joseph Conrad - Part 1
 
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While dining with friends and fellow men of the sea, a man recounts an early and hazardous adventure in his life, and details how it illustrates the glory of being young and in one's prime. (Part 1 of 4). Total Time 1 1/2 hrs. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
Views: 363 Donald Miller
Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad - Chapter 4 of 12
 
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A dreamer has a brief run of good luck when he is young, and when it runs out he spends the rest of his life desperately trying to regain his fortunes. Conrad's first--and one of his very best--stories, filled with a fascinating cast of intriguing characters. (Part 4 of 12). Total Time: about 9 hrs. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
Views: 69 Donald Miller
Hitler Learns Hillary Deleted His Emails
 
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This is a "Hitler Rant" that I wrote. The video is from "Downfall". There are many humorous Hitler Rants based on the same section of "Downfall." This one is my contribution. (It involves a lot more than emails, by the way). Hope you like watching this as much as I did writing it.
Views: 274 Donald Miller
Mirror of the Sea - Part 1: Landings and Departures
 
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One of history's greatest writers, a man who spent twenty years of his life as a seaman, wrote these essays of sea life with the highest level of literary skill. Reading, or in this case listening to, these essays will help you write better for school--or your blog. And they will also give you an inside glimpse of life at sea.
Views: 68 Donald Miller
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad - Chapter 1
 
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Conrad's masterpiece about love, duty, and betrayal has a well-drawn cast of characters and digs deep into the characteristics and motives underpinning human relations. An insightful investigation into deceptions, including self-deception.
Views: 1332 Donald Miller
The Green Book (Human Read at https://youtu.be/Fx2TiatMa_c )
 
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https://youtu.be/Fx2TiatMa_c The Green Book is a short book setting out the political philosophy of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. The book was first published in 1975. It was "intended to be required reading for all Libyans." It is said to have been inspired in part by The Little Red Book (Quotations from Chairman Mao). Both were widely distributed both inside and outside their country of origin, and "written in a simple, understandable style with many memorable slogans." The Green Book rejects modern liberal democracy based on electing representatives as well as capitalism. Instead, it proposes a type of direct democracy overseen by the General People's Committee which allow direct political participation for all adult citizens. The book states that "Freedom of expression is the right of every natural person, even if a person chooses to behave irrationally, to express his or her insanity." The Green Book states that freedom of speech is based upon public ownership of book publishers, newspapers, television, and radio stations, on the grounds that private ownership would be undemocratic. A paragraph in the book about abolishing money is similar to a paragraph in Frederick Engels' "Principles of Communism," Gaddafi wrote: "The final step is when the new socialist society reaches the stage where profit and money disappear. "It is through transforming society into a fully productive society, and through reaching in production a level where the material needs of the members of society are satisfied. On that final stage, profit will automatically disappear and there will be no need for money."
Views: 4366 Donald Miller
An Essay on Censorship by Joseph Conrad
 
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A rather scathing and sarcastic attack on the censor of plays, which at the time actually existed when Conrad wrote his first and only (disastrously received) play.
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Muammar Gaddafi Reads His Green Book to Students
 
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Muammar Gaddafi Reads His Green Book to British University Students The audio was made by me. I read the text seriously and try to make it as Gaddafi would want it to be read. I came across the video and have no idea of who owns it or made it. I just thought the random shots with the video captures the difference between Arab Socialism and (if not different takes on social structure, certainly the attention span of Western University students.) The audio is Creative Commons Attribution. The video is placed under the Standard YouTube kLicense. Hence, the reason for the whole thing being listed under YouTube's license.
Views: 358 Donald Miller
Youth by Joseph Conrad - Part 2
 
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While dining with friends and fellow men of the sea, a man recounts an early and hazardous adventure in his life, and details how it illustrates the glory of being young and in one's prime. (Part 2 of 4). Total Time 1 1/2 hrs. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
Views: 64 Donald Miller

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