The prose is beautiful and the characters fascinating, every one of them plagued by their own inner demons. Jim, himself, is almost a younger version of Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, but my favorite characters were probably Brierly, the forboding sea captain, and Stein amidst all his butterflies.
This novel is steeped in so much beauty and melancholy. The passages about the Patna disaster are devastating. Well worth a read.