Rating: 3.5 stars
The Shadow Line is a short but very gripping account of a sailor who unexpectedly has captaincy of a stricken ship thrust upon him. Over less than 200 pages, Conrad weaves a spell from strands of madness, stoicism, compassion and bloody mindedness. An utterly brilliant insight into how the crew of a ship must pull together to survive, no matter what is thrown at them. As ever, Conrad’s understanding of human nature is to the fore, and his language as elegant as ever.