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Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darknessis the thrilling tale of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. Marlow's discov ...more
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I recommend not to read this as a story, but as an essay. It might change how you understand it.(less)
It was like raking my fingernails across a chalkboard while breathing in a pail of flaming cat hai ...more
Having watched Apocalypse Now doesn’t count — if anything, it ups the ante, since that means you have to think about the similariti ...more
am i supposed to feel sorry for him? because i don't. i feel sorry for all of Africa getting invaded with dumbasses like this guy. oh and in case you didn't get it...the "heart of darkness" is like this super deep megametaphor of all metaphors. and in case it wasn't clear enough, conrad will spend many many useless words cle ...more
Where's the negative one million stars option, again?
It was a breathtaking read. There are few books which make such a powerful impression as 'Heart of darkness' does. Written more than a century ago, the book and its undying theme hold just as much significance even today. Intense and compelling, it looks into the darkest recesses of human nature. Conrad takes the reader through a horrific tale in a very gripping voice.
I couldn't say enough about Conrad's mastery of prose. Not a single word is out of place. Among several things, I liked Marlow ex ...more
Revisiting The Heart of Darkness
After passing past that Castle of Ego,
Laying siege on the very borders of Mind,
We entered the vast and bristling forests,
Of that strange, strange land, that Id,
Which doth divide the knowing, waking,
From the land of dreaming, unknowing.
But this way is much too hard to follow;
And is harder even to describe to you:
We are more likely here to perish,
Here in these vast, dense hinterlands;
For these woods that we see arrayed,
Has never previously been crossed,
By mortal men ...more
-T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men
He came, he saw, he conquered – and then he succumbed and died. Mistah Kurtz. An enigma, who ultimately came to signify the gloomy reality of sin, which closely lurks in the minds of mortal beings and keeps ready to pounce upon the heart and to sink it into darkness at the mere hint of viciousness. Which impatiently awaits the weak moments of vanity, false notions and fickleness to take over control and let humanity die a grief death of hopeles ...more
Well, that is a question, a question that is extremely difficult to answer. There are certainly racist aspects within Heart of Darkness. However, how far this is Conrad’s own personal opinion is near impossible to tell. Certainly, Marlowe, the protagonist and narrator, has some rather patronising notions as to how the Africans should be treated, and the image of the colonised is one of repression and servitude, but does this reflect Conrad’s own opinions? How far can ...more
"Dynamite comes in small packages." My father counseled me. The literal and figurative truth of this statement has revealed itself throughout my life.
This story is specifically relevant to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. It is a small book. (Surprisingly small.) And it is pure dynamite. (Super powerful dynamite!)
Conrad later wr ...more
The dark masses had begun to congregate. Branches thumping against the glass and iron bars, in rhythm to some obscure, some lost song of the wild. The tendrils of darkness that took birth in the vacuums that the sun's warmth had just forsaken, had started their ascent :first shy, then bold, then complete. And when their majesty was absolute; pieces of the night sky, shining almost silver in the blackness met the pools of shades offered by the oozing earth with a coy surrender.
I opened a window....more
That said, I do ...more
White Man named Michael Cera – represents Imperialism
Sunset – shows the impending darkness that is latently inside man
Sea – represents the Congo River
Moustache – represents author Joseph Conrad who also has his own impressive facial hair
Red Bonnet – is a horrible choice of headwear thus might prompt one to remark "the horror! the horror!" which is also Kurtz' last words
Rating: 3* of five
The Publisher Says: More than a century after its publication (1899),Heart of Darkness remains an indisputably classic text and arguably Conrad's finest work.
This extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new materials that convey nineteenth-century attitudes toward imperialism as well as the concerns of Conrad's contemporaries about King Leopold's exploitation of his African domain. New to the Fourth Edition are excerpts from Adam Hochschild's r ...more
However, the inner message of th ...more
The narrator of the framing story tells us early on who is present on board a yacht sitting immobile in the Thames (a river of commerce and pleasure!): the Company Director, the Lawyer, the Accountant, Charlie Marlow, and the unnamed narrator himself.
The narrator seems to represent us, the audience. Marlow does the talking. The group could almost be the executive that runs a trading company, although what unites them is the bond of the sea:
"Besides holding our hearts together throug ...more
Introduction to 'Heart of Darkness'
Introduction to 'The Congo Diary'
A Note on the Texts
Map of the River Congo
--Heart of Darkness
--The Congo Diary
Appendix: Author's Note (1917)
Glossary of Nautical Terms
I started reading this book expecting a classic read that would land somewhere in the range between tediously boring and somewhat enjoyable. I ended up with the discovery of a gorgeous masterpiece and one of the best books I've read in a long, long time.
Full review to come.
“We live in the flicker -- may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday.”
Marlow is not just a narrator or an alter ego of Conrad, but a universal everyman, timeless. And that, to me, is the greatest appeal of this book, it is timeless.
“Like a running blaze on a plain, like a flash of lightning in the clouds. We live in the flicker.”
The scene of Marlow sitting Buddha like as the Thames drea ...more
Once again I change my mind about a book I didn't like very much the first time I read it more than thirty-five years ago. Even then I appreciated that it was a signficant literary work, but I didn't respond to it emotionally. If anything, it struck me as a dull.
This time around, my reaction was quite different. I didn't find it dull at all. Rather, I found the experience very powerful, both intellectually and emotionally. Part of that may be due to the fact that over the years I've experienced ...more
دل تاریکی - جوزف کنراد (نیلوفر) ادبیات
در ایران بزرگوارانی چون: «صالح حسینی»، «کیومرث پارسای»، «احمد میرعلائی»، «حسن افشار» و «پرویز داریوش»، به ترجمه آثار «جوزف کنراد» پرداخته اند، کتاب «دل تاریکی» در سالهای آغازین قرن بیستم ـ 1902 ـ نوشته شده، و در ایران در سال 1380 برای دومین بار چاپ شده است. چاپ نخست آن به روایتی در سال 1364 منتشر شده است، در داستان فراموش نشدنی «کنراد»، «مارلو»، ملوان سرگردان، داستان سفر مرموز «کرتز» و حال جسمی و روحی خود را، طی سفر به قل ...more
CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH review for Round 2
“Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again. It was as though a veil had been rent. I saw on that furry visage the expression of somber pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror — of an intense and hopeless despair. He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision—he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath—
“‘The honey! The honey!’
“I blew the candle out and left the c ...more
I say performed, because it wasn't just a plain reading of the story. He added depth to the observations and took what I might have found to be a boring story and breathed life into it.
I enjoyed this quite a bit and would recommend this audio version to anyone interested in this classic tale.
This is the first time I read Conrad after hearing how much of a prose stylist he is and comparisons to Nabokov (something he himself denied with a characteristic quip, "I differ from Conradically"). He is most definitely a prose stylist of the first rank. But in this heavily symbolic book, he is not much of a storyteller. Nothing really happens in the first half. Granted, the observations Charles Marlow makes throughout are fascinating and I was floored by some of them. The second half ...more
This is quite a brief novella without a great deal of substance. It starts with the trope of a group of men telling tales; almost like a Victorian ghost st ...more
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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 Br ...more