Like ‘Heart of Darkness’ I think it’s a book that I’m more pleased to have read than I was to be reading. I like Conrad’s writing style, but I thought the structure of ‘Nostromo’ didn’t do it any favours. The entire first part seemed unnecessary to me, and it makes the book extremely hard to get into. If you manage to persevere until the second and final parts, however, there’s a good story amidst the descriptive passages. I didn’t find many of the characters at all sympathetic, which made me a little sad because there was Good Angst to be had if I had cared more about whether the main characters lived, died, floundered or prospered.