The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

Adolf Verloc lives in London and runs a shop with his wife Winnie. They also live with Winnie’s mother and her brother, Stevie, who has learning difficulties. Adolf is recruited as a spy to take part in a plot to set off a bomb in Greenwich, but things go horribly wrong.

I have also read Heart of Darkness by Conrad which I found incredibly difficult to read, but I wanted to try another of his novels to see whether it was that particular book or his style of writing. The Secret Agent has confirmed that his writing is not for me! It’s very dense and difficult to follow, however it did get a little easier the further into the story I read. I think the fact that I had watched the recent BBC adaptation also made things easier!

I’m glad I gave his writing another try, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up anymore of his novels.


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