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Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary by Joseph Conrad
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Oct 04, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: z-2012
Read from February 23 to 24, 2012

"The horror! The horror!"
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02/23/2012 page 50
25.0% "Eh" 4 comments
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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim Looks like I need to push this one way down on my list. Easy, since I haven't added it yet...

Many thought the line you quoted was the weakest moment in Apocalypse Now (though most of them didn't realize that the movie was a retelling of this book). Some critics said that the real 'horror' was the grotesque obesity of Marlon Brando as he spoke the line...

And what is this now, your 67th book of 2012? Geez...

Shera (Book Whispers) Officially taken this off my future purchase pile.

Bonnie haha! Well, the line is still fitting.

Only 64. :P I'd say at least two handfuls were shorter type stories so they don't really count. I'm finally out of school so I have quite a lot of time on my hands. Plus, I can multi-task by listening to an audiobook and still manage the house. :)

Bonnie Shera (Book Whispers) wrote: "Officially taken this off my future purchase pile."

I'd say it's worth it just for the mere fact of saying that you did in fact read it. Is it that great though? I wouldn't say so. But I know many who have felt different.

Shera (Book Whispers) Nope. If it's that bad I want to be proud I avoided it!!

Bonnie haha! Well that works. :)

message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim If I had read that many Marvel comics, I would count them all! With 64 as the yardstick, I don't even want to look at my total.

I agree with Shera's assessment. I think I have Conrad's complete collection on my Kindle, but I wasn't very impressed with the few samples that I skimmed through. The writing seemed stiff and lacked the sort of flow that I prefer.

With your highly trusted judgment on this one, I can certainly go in other directions.

Bonnie I remember attempting to read this and promptly zoned out a few pages in. I was able to make it through the audiobook though.

But yes, the writing was a bit stiff. It's on the '1001 books to read before you die' list and I'm attempting to get through that. (ha! I know.) 3 more of his books are on that list: Lord Jim, Nostromo, and The Secret Agent. I'm sure it'll be some time before I make it back to Conrad though. :)

message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim Yes, audiobooks sound like the way to go with Conrad... And you got me started on the '1001 books' list, so it is disappointing to learn that Conrad has 3 other books on the list..

I guess, for now at least, it will be the '997 books to read before you die' in my case! (I was never going to get through all of them, anyway..).

You are a lot tougher than I, and I wish you luck on the complete list. :)

Bonnie haha... Good luck. :)

I've read some AWFUL books from that list. I'd really like to know who picked out the books for that list. The 'BBC Book List' is infinitely more manageable in comparison.

Thank you! (I'm going to need it)

message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Yes, you introduced me to the BBC list too - definitely more manageable..

As for the AWFUL books on any list, you can always do what Tom Sawyer did with Huckleberry Finn, and 'let on' that you read them after struggling through the first few pages.. I have found that trick to be very useful now and then, and it can be our little secret. :)

If you think about it, maybe the people who picked those books were just 'letting on' to have read them........

Bonnie Probably. Because some of them should not be on there... but then again, that's just my opinion. :)

message 13: by Jo (new)

Jo Eeesh, this book and I have history.


Bonnie It was a difficult one... that's for sure.

message 15: by Jo (new)

Jo Have you seen Apocalypse Now?

That film and I have...history too.


Bonnie I actually haven't.... or if I have then I've forgotten. That's entirely possible.

message 17: by Jo (new)

Jo Haha, it's the film version of this book (ish).

You wouldn't have forgotten it... IT HAUNTS YOUR DREAMS.


Bonnie That sounds dreadful. Why on earth would you watch the movie and read the book? Silly Jo.

message 19: by Jo (last edited Feb 24, 2012 12:21PM) (new)

Jo I had to read/watch them both for my degree.
Thing was I missed the film viewing when everyone watched Apocalypse Now and I was like.. oh, it's fine... I'll just borrow it off my friend.

Little did I know that the stupid boy had bought Apocalypse Now REDUX which is like 5 hours longer than the original. (OK, about an hour longer than the original)

The moral of this story: Go to your lectures, kids!

message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim Just my opinion, but I agree - Apocalypse Now is not easily forgotten. It turns out that the director (Coppola) went through his own Heart of Darkness experience while making the movie. There is a documentary about that, floating around somewhere.

message 21: by Jo (new)

Bonnie Wow, that's interesting.

Still think I'll be skipping it though. ;)

message 23: by Jim (new)

Jim Jo wrote: "This one?"

Yes, that's the one! Have you seen it (or would you prefer a premature death to even thinking about seeing it)?

Bonnie I know what I'd pick. :P

message 25: by Jim (new)

Jim Hahaha!!

message 26: by Jo (new)

Jo Haha, I've not seen it, no!
I'd probably be quite interested because I don't actually mind FFC but... that film.


Ha, Bonnie.
If it helps, it has a brilliant soundtrack :)

message 27: by Jim (new)

Jim Of course, the term 'premature' could cover a wide range of dates, and even a certain amount of 'letting on'..

Bonnie Well... okay, I'd be willing to check that out, Jo. :)

message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim The soundtrack is brilliant for sure - the opening shot with the helicopters napalming the jungle to 'The End' by The Doors...

Bonnie I just pulled up the album on Amazon. Why would The Doors song be the first song on the album? That doesn't seem fitting..

message 31: by Jim (new)

Jim Ah, but it is perfectly fitting in this case. The first shot, with that music, lets you know that you are in hell on earth - puts you right in the middle of it...

message 32: by Jim (new)

Jim *shudders*

message 33: by Jim (new)

Jim I think Jo's point may be that multiple hours of hell on earth is not a really great place to be... just my opinion, but I would agree.

message 34: by Jim (new)

Jim Of course, I have been to lectures that met that description too..

Bonnie I think we all have. :)

message 36: by Jo (new)

Jo Even though I dislike the film, the first scene is one of my favourite scenes of any film ever. :)
This is the end...

*shudders* indeed.

And yes. Ha. I did read this book first so maybe I was influenced by my opinion.

message 37: by Jim (new)

Jim Jo wrote: "Even though I dislike the film, the first scene is one of my favourite scenes of any film ever. :) "

Yes, I agree completely. Bonnie, you could just watch the first scene and then 'let on' that you saw the whole movie...

And, for full disclosure, there are students who would say that I have given a few of those hell on earth lectures (just my opinion, but they would be correct)...

Bonnie haha! I could...

message 39: by Jim (new)

Jim 'Letting on' can be a beautiful thing...

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