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Arrow of Gold

This novel draws on Conrad's experiences as an arms smuggler during the Carlist Wars. It is a novel about young unrequited love written when Conrad was no longer young and his powers were failing but it is one of my favourite books. There is a marvellous control of tone and the central female character is fantastic. The events are not sentimentalised and there are intensely realised scenes and vivid character sketches even if the psychological and political elements so strong in earlier novels are here rather dimmed. It suffers by comparison with his great work but is well worth reading.

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