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Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
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Apr 02, 15

bookshelves: used-for-school, reread-ing, not-the-lower-48, fiction, adult
Recommended to Lindsay by: Mrs. Teson :)
Recommended for: folks interested in imperialism and African exploitation; classic literature; philosophy
Read in March, 2000, read count: 3

It's been quite a while since I've read this book. Upon reading it again, I realize my memories of its events were somewhat inaccurate so it was nice to approach it with older eyes. What strikes me most this time around, moreso than when I read it the first time (which was more about contemplating Kurtz's evil) is the stark racism, which isn't necessarily surprising given the time and culture in which it was written, but unnerving all the same. The book went faster this time around, and the evil didn't seem quite so breath-taking as it once did. While I used to find Marlow's long-awaited encounter with Kurtz the best part of the story
(and it still is pretty tense), I now find Marlow's final encounter with the "Intended" the most fascinating--that roiling anger of humoring someone when you consider to be sole the possessor of "true" knowledge. Good stuff. (PS--I acutally haven't read The Secret Sharer yet...bad English major!!)

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