This is a disappointment to me. It doesn't read like the Conrad I'm familiar with, something is definitely off and I feel like I must attribute that to Ford, someone I have never read before. Though I see similiar themes to other Conrad works, they far more specific and his insights seem less penetrating. The whole thing is easier to take as it goes on, the story gets better and Kemp gets less annoying. But the ending is utterly ridiculous (and it easily could have been the best part of the novel). I thought the title was ironic until I read the ending. Still, I was engaged for a time and I certainly don't feel like I wasted my time, I just don't find it up to his usual standard. Whether Ford was there to help his English prose or whether for some other reason, I think the decision was probably bad for Conrad's own artistic ambitions.