Heart of Darkness/The Secret Sharer (Enriched Classics)
BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP
Two of Joseph Conrad's most compelling and haunting works, in which the deepest perceptions and desires of the human heart and mind are explored.
EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:
� A concise introduction that gives readers important background information
� A chronology of the author's life and work
read it in my death in lit class...provoked some interesting discussions on race...still hated it
read it again for brit lit...talked again about race and imperialism and my professor was so awesome i almost enjoyed the book for a smidgen of a second...but no.
rivets rivets rivets...boring boring boring...this 75 page novella takes more time to rea...more
Joseph Conrad makes me think of a Edgar Allen Poe on serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. (Although he is said to have attempted suicide in his late teens so he couldn't have been all that jolly) Most say his writing is dark but I find it funny. Bless my soul! By jove!
What makes me think of Poe is the narrative which is like a constant paranoid obsessive-compulsive interior chatter. But I love the way the characters are outwardly totally in control and collected.
"I smiled urbanely"
Yes he smiled urban...more
Masterful narrative. Better than average characters. An amazing story of a place that time may always forget.
I find it funny that many critics cite Conrad's "racism" in regard to the African natives.
For one, frankly, criticizing someone from that era and background for holding black people in lo...more
A side recommendati...more
I hated this book. HATED. I remember one day when I had done my reading section for English class, not understood a thing, except that they were on a boat and things were happening. Maybe they were being attacked. But in class we kept talking about the man in pink pajamas. I didn't remember any mention of pink pajamas. I could barely force my eyes continue reading the words on the page.
I generally hate seafaring stories, but his are so much more than that. There's so much depth to his writing, and so much insight into the human psyche. Also, I have yet to read an author who does a more convincing oral-narration voice.
Also also... the man didn't even learn English until he was an adult. How he then managed to write in English with more finesse than 99% of English-speak...more
The narrator surprised me most of all, his anti-colonial grumbling, his masochistic drive, and his unse...more
Maybe "Heart of Darkness" is the brilliant piece everyone says it is, all I know is that after 50 pages of Conrad's tediously detailed prose I needed a palate cleanser and had to reread part of Harry Potter #7 to get it.
The first reading assignment was torture- I couldn't get any hold on the setting, plot, or any of the characters- until we got to Marlow's narration. It still wasn't the easiest thing to read, but at least it was understandable.
Eventually, I started getting a little angry. This seemed...more
As far as the writing goes, Conrad is my man. Inte...more
Perhaps it was because I'm tired of Russian literature. Or maybe excessive use of internal monologue. But I'm thinking it's about the boats. The one thing I hate more than books about horses are books about boats and sailing.
Because lets face it, this was about sailing. Or more specifically a about a sailor. A story told by an old sailor about this time he met a strange man. Perhaps this might have been an interesting vie...more
"Secret Sharer" examines a sea-captain who hides a murderer who is a mirror image of himself, while "Heart of Darkness" examines a journey into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the myste...more
Seriously, I just don't understand him. He's a MAJOR rambler and a big fan of referencing to that-one-character-who's-the-uncle-to-that-one-person-you-met-20-pages-ago-and-who-turns-out-to-be-a-major-part-of-the-plot. Which can get pretty annoying after a while. I mean, it was only about 150 pages; I shouldn't have spent nearly as much time on it as I really did.
But besides the horrendous and terribly dry writing, the story...more
The book was a lot of waiting for something to happen. (I know most see it as a social commentary, which it is not, so please do not think I missed the point of any authorial intention.) The only person I wanted to know about was Kurtz and damn it if I got nothing but a maniac on his death bed.
Conrad's language is beautiful and thankfully lacks the tactless erudi...more
HA HA JU...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