Call me a heathen or a fool, but I simply did not understand this book. Beyond the themes regarding colonialism and psychological darkness, I am at aCall me a heathen or a fool, but I simply did not understand this book. Beyond the themes regarding colonialism and psychological darkness, I am at a loss. There is little plot, which does not have to be an issue, but there are many holes in the story. If it falls to the reader to bridge this gap themselves, fair enough, but to what end? I feel as though Conrad has stretched the metaphor of 'darkness' to its breaking point, and symbolism to the heights of confusion.
I am unsure of what I was meant to part with, upon finishing it. If it is just darkness, why? With little storytelling, I felt apathetic to the characters and their struggles. The prose is undeniably wonderful, and I did not hate this book. I just feel like Conrad could have chosen the themes he did and present them without boring or alienating the reader, but chose not to. There can be tremendous beauty in metaphor and allegorical stories, and yet it can go too far for my personal tastes.
I will no doubt have to re-read this in the future. I hope that later maturity and fresher eyes will glean a new understanding of this book. ...more