My task, which I am trying to achieve, is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel -- it is, before all, to make you see. That -- and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there, according to your deserts, encouragement, consolation, fear, charm, all you demand -- and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask.
(I recently borrowed this book from the Mulberry Street Library after finally getting a New York Public Library card. I'm embarrassed that it took me three years to do so.)
The photo of Conrad above is from here.