Chance : A Tale in Two Parts

Conrad, Joseph

Chance : A Tale in Two Parts - United Kingdom; Penguin; 1992 - 366 Pages; Paperback

Chance (1914) was the first of Conrad's novels to bring him popular success and it holds a unique place among his works. It tells the story of Flora de Barral, a vulnerable and abandoned young girl who is 'like a beggar, without a right to anything but compassion'. After her bankrupt father is imprisoned, she learns the harsh fact that a woman in her position 'has no resources but in herself. Her only means of action is to be what she is.' Flora's long struggle to achieve some dignity and happiness makes her Conrad's most moving female character.


Classics - Fiction, Poverty, Women, Struggle