Lord Jim by Joseph ConradRead about another book on the list.
The story here is based on the true story of the SS Jeddah, a British steamship bearing Muslim pilgrims to Mecca that was abandoned by its crew. Conrad’s novel follows chief mate Jim as he struggles with his professional and moral failure. Every bit as harrowing as its predecessor, Lord Jim hovers over the mystery of Jim’s fateful, impulsive leap, unfurling from this decisive act ever more pleated layers of motive and rationale, until at last laying flat nothing surer than the sense that “no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge”.
Lord Jim is one of Sebastian Faulks' six favorite books.