The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent

A Simple Tale

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Penguin Putnam
Inspired by an actual attempt in 1894 to blow up London's Greenwich Observatory, here is a chillingly prophetic examination of contemporary terrorism-and the literary precursor to today's espionage thriller.



Random House, Inc.
Inspired by an actual attempt in 1894 to blow up London's Greenwich Observatory, here is a chillingly prophetic examination of contemporary terrorism-and the literary precursor to today's espionage thriller.

Baker & Taylor
Set in late-nineteenth-century London, this literary precursor to today's espionage thriller follows an anarchist's desolation, which leads to his attempt to dynamite the Greenwich Observatory.

Baker
& Taylor

Set in late-nineteenth-century London, this startling story and literary precursor to today's espionage thriller follows an anarchist's desolation, which leads to his attempt to dynamite the Greenwich Observatory. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2007
ISBN: 9780451530509
0451530500
Branch Call Number: FIC Conrad, J 2007
Characteristics: xiii, 258 pages ; 18 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.4 17.0 70610

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avocadotree
May 12, 2017

this I found out while reading it was the unabomber's favorite book. It's quite messed up and gruesome. It wasn't long at all but it was somewhat complex. It took me ten whole days. I pretty much could only read one chapter per day. If you stick with it to the end the story does get very vivid. I would look also at some sort of reading guide that describes the way the timeline of the story jumps around a lot. Timelessly weird-ass book to be sure. Highest Rating!

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spenper
Jul 05, 2011

Pretty disturbing

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Blue_Ox_22 Mar 26, 2012

". . . ALL idealisation makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it. Leave that to the moralists, my boy. History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production—by the force of economic conditions.* Capitalism has made socialism, and the laws made by the capitalism for the protection of property are responsible for anarchism. No one can tell what form the social organisation may take in the future. Then why indulge in prophetic phantasies? At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have I no objective value. Leave that pastime to the moralists, my boy.”

p. 31

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