Around 550 pages
Okay, I realize the above picture isn't the Nostromo we are talking about, but if I get the chance to pay homage to Alien, I take it.
Nostromo is set in Costaguana, a fictional South American country that is likely based on Colombia. Charles Gould is a native Costaguanian (Costaguaner? Costaguanic? Whatever, he is from Costaguana) who owns a silver-mine. He enlists Nostromo, a daring Italian longshoreman, to protect his silver from local warlords by transporting it offshore.
It was kind of difficult writing that summary, because Conrad takes a little while to get to what I would call the main plot of novel. There's something about Conrad's prose that is tedious to me, I'm not sure what it is. I am always ready to be taken on a swash-buckling adventure and somehow he never seems to take me there.
Still, I can see the appeal for people who want something gritty and real. It's also an interesting setting, and there are some memorable characters here.
Not a favorite, but deserving of its place on the List.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "I'd rather have written Nostromo than any other novel."
47 on Modern Library's list of 100 best English language novels of the 20th century.
UP NEXT: Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster. I have always wanted to read more of him so I am looking forster to this. Geddit? ... I haven't left my apartment in a long time.