Just the Best Literature

Just the Best Literature

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.


Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss the background chapters that lay the groundwork to better understand Jim and his life on Patusan.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim’s bad habit of quitting jobs when he hears gossip about the Patna incident. Marlow seeks out Jim to help him stop running from a past he was not solely responsible for.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Marlow’s work to help Jim put the Patna incident behind him and overcome his gloom. Marlow writes Jim a letter of reference for a great job, showing Jim he could have a clean slate.

Host Dennis Leap discusses Marlow’s experience with Jim and his gloom caused by the magistrate’s devastating judgment at the conclusion of the Patna inquiry. With his certificate canceled, Jim’s career as a ship’s chief mate was over. Yet his life was not! Marlow tries to rescue Jim from an emotional, somber and hopeless ocean.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Marlow’s attempt to get Jim to take the “rupees and run.” Jim remained and faced the consequences of his unintended jump.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Marlow’s discussion with a French sailor about how the French rescued the Patna and towed it to shore.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim’s mental state as he recounts learning that the Patna was towed safely to shore. Even though none of the 800 passengers died by drowning, Jim is distraught over the destruction of his character.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim’s time with the “three dirty owls” on the lifeboat removed from the Patna.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim’s mental state and the events that led him to jump ship.

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Deborah Leap discuss Jim’s recollection of his fight with the skipper and three engineers as they prepared to abandon the Patna and 800 pilgrims.