The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad

A young man takes command of his first ship, navigating the challenges of leadership, isolation, and responsibility. As they journey from Bangkok to Singapore, the ship is becalmed and the crew falls ill, leading to a tense and eerie atmosphere. The protagonist is forced to confront his own fears and insecurities, ultimately coming to terms with his own mortality and the sacrifices required for command. The tale is a profound exploration of the transition from youth to adulthood, framed within a maritime adventure.

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