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The Rescue, A Romance of the Shallows by Joseph ConradThe Rescue,
A Romance of the Shallows

The Rescue, A Romance of the Shallows (1920) is one of Joseph Conrad's works contained in The Lingard Trilogy, a group of novels based on Conrad's experience as mate on the steamer Vidar. Although it was the last of the three novels to be published, after Almayer's Folly (1895) and An Outcast of the Islands (1896), the events related in the novel precede those. The story follows Captain Tom Lingard, the recurring protagonist of The Lingard Trilogy, who was on his way to help a native friend regain his land when he falls in love with a married woman whose yacht he saves from foundering just as war is about to break out between Malay tribes.

Romantic Tom recalls Lord Jim and is in fact Jims brother, but he is not as complex or as troubled as Jim was so this is more a tale of pure adventure. External events take precedence over internal conflicts and so the adventure can be enjoyed for just that.

The Rescue is written as a narrative, with an omniscient narrator. The story is told through a sequence of events, usually in chronological order, although there are a few flashbacks. Readers are never shown what a character is thinking outside of the large amount of dialogue, but readers are given more knowledge of supporting characters through the omniscient narrator (as opposed to if the story had been told by Lingard's first person point of view).

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