Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary
Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling up river to the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. A haunting and hugely influential Modernist masterpiece, Heart of Darkness explores the limits of human experience as well...more
What an exciting time the end of the 19th century & the start of the 20th was in literature. The broad canvas Victorian novel was disappearing and the pared back experimental one was emerging. Heart of Darkness is so mu ...more
It is hard to judge today just how much to blame Conrad for the contempt shown the African characters. From the frequent use of the N wo ...more
Like most assigned reading in high school and college, this was much better ten years later, knowing that I wasn't going to be quizzed on motifs or metaphors. The framing narrative works wonderfully, and for some reason I heard Marlow's voice as Jeremy Kemp's, old and gravelly. I usually read very quickly, but reading in Marlow's voice really slowed me down and let me really appreciate the language.
That said, this is one of those stories wher ...more
Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army. He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner. He then began to work aboard Bri ...more