The Idiots by Joseph Conrad audiobook

The Idiots

By Joseph Conrad
Read by Cathy Dobson

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1.02 Hours Unabridged
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Conrad’s first short story, written during his honeymoon in 1896 A Breton farmer, returning from national service, takes over the family farm and marries a local girl, hoping to have sons who will inherit the family farm and carry on his own traditions. All appears to be going to plan, when the first pregnancy produces twin boys. But the children turn out to be mentally disabled. When the next child arrives, also a boy, he too turns out to have the same condition. The farmer turns to religion and takes up going to mass. The next child is a girl … and she also shares the same medical condition as her brothers. The farmer cannot accept this terrible blow of fate and becomes increasinly drunk and irrational—but it is his long-suffering wife who cracks first—and when she does, the results are both dramatic and tragic.

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Conrad’s first short story, written during his honeymoon in 1896

A Breton farmer, returning from national service, takes over the family farm and marries a local girl, hoping to have sons who will inherit the family farm and carry on his own traditions.

All appears to be going to plan, when the first pregnancy produces twin boys. But the children turn out to be mentally disabled. When the next child arrives, also a boy, he too turns out to have the same condition. The farmer turns to religion and takes up going to mass.

The next child is a girl … and she also shares the same medical condition as her brothers. The farmer cannot accept this terrible blow of fate and becomes increasinly drunk and irrational—but it is his long-suffering wife who cracks first—and when she does, the results are both dramatic and tragic.

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Author Bio: Joseph Conrad

Author Bio: Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) (1857–1924) was born in Ukraine. Raised by an uncle after the death of his parents, he educated himself by reading widely in Polish and French. At age twenty-one he began a long career sailing the seas on French merchant vessels, after which he went to London and began writing, using the romance and adventure of his own life for his incomparable sea novels.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 1.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English