I may have to add a "Conrad" tag, because along with J.R.R. Tolkien and Evelyn Waugh, I really enjoy the writings of Joseph Conrad.
It started in high school, blossomed in college and then mostly slept through adulthood.
Recently, I obtained a copy of Almayer's Folly, his first novel. It is superb. In fact, I would argue that it has been unjustly overlooked. As a story, it keeps you guessing, and the description and prose is outstanding.
Yet for some strange reason, his later work has eclipsed it. Everyone wants to fixate on Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. Both books are good, but so is Almayer's Folly.
One of the areas where it stands out is in its representation of female characters. Conrad typically does not have a lot of women in his stories - which is understandable, because so many of them take place at sea. This particular work, however, delves into the female psyche, and a friend tells me that the book is seeing a revival in feminist circles because it not only has strong women, but strong non-white women, which is for some reason important right now.
The last time I checked, most women in the world weren't white, but most of the ones that speak English are, which would seem (to me, at least) to explain the discrepancy.
In any event, it's a good read, full of vivid description and exactly the kind of book I needed to take a break from the craziness of the world.