Few literary works have achieved the sustained, unflinching pessimism of Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad's haunting tale of one man's journey into the African subcontinent. One new novel that can justly make that claim is The Catastrophist, by the talented Irish writer/activist Ronan Bennett. Here, Conrad's classic tale is transmogrified by a century of i
"Bennett's writing is as lush and sensual as ripe mangos... The tone, which is perfectly pitched, and the exotic setting collude to evoke an era of colonial decadence"
Now I'm going to tell you "What I learned from this book" (I always wondered who was stupid enough to put that on top of the review box, but now I know. That's not the learning experience I wanted to tell you about though.)
What I learned...more
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It would not be to everybody's taste. The stories of journalism versus fiction, the emotional struggle between the two main characters and events in the Congo are intertwined and beautifully told with a slight reserve an...more
- Philosophical novels with flowery praise on the cover. (They no doubt have ridiculously thin plots, obnoxious symbols, or will make me want to hurl. See: Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Alchemist, Life of P...more
The main character is not particularly interested in the political upheaval that is happening around him; he is only interested in his failing relationship. In a way that made him a strangely impartial observer o...more